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    Default Re: Yorkshire's brown trout fishing season gets under way

    Hi al,

    I have made a booking of flight tickets to Leeds so Yorkshire, here we come... ;-)

    I have found some info here and now I am looking for booking accommodation in or around Grassington. This means fishing in the Wharfe (which seems to be a great fly river to me) but I have the idea that other rivers are pretty far away and so we might be missing beautiful other fishing spots. It would be nice to have some variation in rivers without having to drive for hours in a day. Any suggestions on another place that will provide a little more choice of fishing? Some pubs around would be nice;-). River cottage would be even more nice!

    We will stay for four nights if possible in one accommodation.

    Hope to get some ideas from you guys...

    Thanks
    Marco

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    Ok Marco , the area you are looking at is blessed with hundreds of places to stay . One thing to consider is what you want to do in the evening . If you would like a very nice ( and affluent ) small town to walk around with a great choice of restaurants and pubs , Ilkley is a great place , there is a reasonably priced basic Pub you can stay at called the Riverside Inn. Ilkley can offer lots of other accomdation ranging from bed and breakfast to luxury boutique hotels . It is right on the banks of the Wharfe and you can buy tickets there( from the Riverside pub or tourist info office to fish the waters Controlled by the Ilkley club . If you want to go traditional and upmarket but in a quieter location the Red Lion in Burnsall is a terrific place , great rooms, great beer , great food . They also have cottages 10 metres from the river ! Burnsall is also convenient for both the Appletreewick Barden and Burnsall section of the Wharfe and the Bolton Abbey section , with just those two you have about 18 kilometres of water ! Both cost around 35 per day for permits
    . I assume you will have a hire car ? If you do both my suggestions are very quickly reached from Leeds airport . The real fishing on the Wharfe ( and the prettier parts starts at Ilkley then goes up via Addingham, Bolton Abbey, and Barden then through to Grassington .

    There is good fly fishing on the River Aire , The Coniston Hotel just west of Skipton has a private beat available for day tickets , if you want to try some very challeenginb fishing in wild Dales scenary , the river Skirfare is an easy drive with tickets available from the village pub in Arncliffe , the Falcon Inn. You could also be on the Nidd around Pately Bridge with an hours drive .

    So there are a few suggestions to keep you going !

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    Default Re: Yorkshire's brown trout fishing season gets under way

    Marco here’s background information to go with the excellent advice from Haggstock.

    Bolton Abbey | Fishing
    Bolton Abbey used to give anglers a leaflet with a map and suggested flies for each month of the year. I’ll email them and see if it’s available as a digital link

    Day Ticket Fishing Yorkshire Dales


    [ think it’s best concentrating on the Wharfe as there a wider choice of fishing than the smaller rivers nearby (Nidd to the North East, Aire to the West). They are about 10 miles away from the Wharfe but the local roads are narrow and winding and driving is rather slow.

    Grassington is the biggest village on the Upper Wharfe. It’s got a big tourist office and car park. Burnsall two miles down is just a small village, Bolton Abbey is even smaller. Ilkley is about another 4 miles downstream, a small town (ex Spa) with a choice of restaurants/hotels and good walks on the moors.

    Late May/early June is a good time for fly fishing the Wharfe. If there’s heavy rain and the river is too high, then you could fish three large reservoirs about 8 miles NE of Bolton Abbey. Fewston, 20/day, is the best for rainbow trout, Thruscross has wild trout and limited bank fishing, Swinsty is mainly coarse fishing.
    Last edited by keora; 17-04-2018 at 03:30 PM.

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    Haggstock and Keora,

    many thanks for the very useful information. Gives me confidence of good fly fishing waters. With Stillwater alternatives in rainy days as well. I will make a reservation for Ilkley Riverside Inn. Seems to be a great place.

    Looking forward to go fishing there.... Now the waiting starts. Killing time watching YouTube Wharfe video’s isn’t too bad at all :-)

    Marco

    I’ll let you know about our adventures in a later post...

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    Just one more bit of info Marco , at Bolton Abbey if you buy your permit from the Estate Office at 9:00 am ( excepts on Sundays when you have to buy at the Bolton Abbey village Post Office) . You will be dealing with a chap called Mark Whitehead who is the River Keeper for the 5 miles of water on the estate . Mark will give you excellent advice on where and how to tackle the river , and will probably find you during the day to see how you are doing . So a conversation with him is a nice fast track to enjoying your day .,

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    Seems like Mark has a brilliant life;-) We will contact him for sure for some fishing strategies...
    Thanks

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    Default Re: Yorkshire's brown trout fishing season gets under way

    What are your dates imarco? I live not too far away and could meet up for a day/evening on a stretch of the Wharfe. I know Addingham well and Pool bridge very well though this section is more a Grayling stretch.

    JJ
    A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.

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    Jj, I will send a PM...

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