All the Yorkshire dales are defined by great rivers. The River Wharfe in Wharfedale, The Nidd in Nidderdale, The Cover in Coverdale, The Tees In Teesdale and so on. In Wensleydale we have the The River Ure, which incidentally is the only major river that does not share the name with its dale.

The River Ure rises in the hills above Hawes in Wensleydale and flows about 45 miles where it joins The River Swale at Boroughbridge.  The River Ure is rightly famous for the quality of its Brown Trout and Grayling fishing and many would consider the fishing on the River Ure as some of the best available in the Yorkshire Dales. In recent years there have also been increasing numbers of Salmon caught and in the 1800’s it was full of Salmon. The Ure Salmon Trust quotes that “32 tonnes (6000 fish) were taken in The Ouse system in 1883”.

The River Ure tributaries, the River Cover and the River Bain are enchanting and also provide excellent opportunities for fly fishing.

We are very fortunate being only 4 miles from Masham which means we are virtually on the doorstep of this first class trout and Grayling river. Whilst a lot of the river is within the rights of various fishing clubs, we do have access to some of these beats and in addition there is some great day ticket fishing as well.

One other thing that you find near great water is great Beer! Masham is famous for its 2 breweries, Theakstons and The Black Sheep both very well located next to the river and suitable for studying the water levels!

The Coverbridge Inn is another great strategic spot for fishing and beer. It is as it suggests An “Inn” adjacent to the “bridge” over the “Cover” River and located further up the dale past East Witton, where the Cover meets the Ure and sells day tickets for both.

There are also numerous still waters in the area, notably Leighton reservoir, which is run by Swinton Estate.

However I am a rivers man!

I have taken the following extracts from Yorkshire dales fly fishing website for your further information ( The website is a great source of information for fishing in the dales.


Tel – Environment Agency Rivercall Service: 0906 619 7722 – R. Ure = Option 3 (Premium Rate)
Web – Environment Agency River Levels:
 Swale, Ure, Nidd and Upper Ouse

Bainbridge – is situated in Upper Wensleydale on the River Ure. It has good fly fishing for brown trout and grayling run by Wensleydale Angling Association, but as this is near the headwaters of the Ure it is best fished after rainfall. The scenery here as good as it gets; with broad open meadows, stone barns dotted around the fields and rugged hills stretching as far as the eye can see. A map is issued with your permit which also includes fishing on the smallest river in England, the River Bain.

Day tickets issued: by the Rose and Crown in Bainbridge
Cost:- £10
Telephone:-             01969 650225
Google satellite image and directions to Rose and Crown:
 Click Here
Main access points: Bainbridge – River Ure and lower River Bain (the R. Bain is the line of trees to the east/right) – Bainbridge – River Bain (middle section) 

Hawes– is the next village upstream from Bainbridge in Upper Wensleydale and also has good fly fishing on the River Ure and its tributaries. I have never fished these tributaries, but have heard reports that although very difficult to fish, they do have good trout fishing with some large fish. The fishing is controlled by Hawes and High Abbotside Angling Association who have 15 miles of trout and grayling fishing.

Day Tickets:- can be obtained from the Three Peaks shop in the village of Hawes.
Cost:- £16 per day or £30 a week.
Telephone:-             01969 667443       (Three Peaks) or             01969 650117       (Mr Phillips – club sec.)
 Hawes & High Abbotside Fishing Association Map
Access points:- Appersett (for upper/middle areas) – Burnt Acres Road (for lower/middle areas)”

We can assist with arranging your fishing whilst tailoring your stay at Agra Cottage. We offer short breaks and fishing weeks within our boutique breaks section on our website.  We also offer gastro breaks, golfing, walking, cycling, bird watching, shooting and pampering breaks we will do our best to provide you with a great holiday

We can highly recommend a great tackle shop in Harrogate, The Brown Trout, speak to Tim Brown he has all the local knowledge and some very privileged access as well, mention us and he might get you a coffee if nothing else! Whether you join us or not he is worth speaking to if you are looking for tackle!

Should you wish to take the opportunity to hone your craft and or take on a bit of guiding, we have just the man…

Feel free to drop me an email to discuss

By the way the chairman of a local fishing club caught a 17lb Salmon 2 weeks ago on the Ure….Tight Lines!

Here is a little brownie I caught last week on The Driffield Trout Stream.


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