Fishing the Yorkshire Derwent
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Fishing The Yorkshire Derwent
I fish the Yorkshire Derwent regularly along with 4 other angling friends who from time to time help me with this site, We were fishing in the middle reaches of the Derwent a few months ago discussing the fishing in another area of the river and we couldn’t agree who owned what fishing and even where exactly it was so we decided amongst ourselves to try and map the available fishing on the whole Yorkshire Derwent,
We don’t pretend to be experts on any river just river angling guys with years of experience not just on the Derwent but on most of Yorkshires great rivers.We decided to publish this post as an ongoing exercise,so over the next few months, we will be adding maps and other info to help keep you informed of the fishing places on the Yorkshire Derwent, from the upper reaches down through the forge valley through the marishes to Malton around the Howardian Hills down to the lush countryside of Kirkham and Howsham, Buttercrambe, and Stamford bridge, dropping down to the lower reaches for some great winter Roach fishing at Sutton on Derwent Bubwith and through to the Estuary at Barmby on the Marsh and the RiverOuse. If you know of any fishing or any interesting stories on or about this river please let us know and one of us will go [come with us if you wish]and check it out and get it mapped on the page as soon as we can. In general, the fishing markers are not inch perfect but are intended as a guide, so please be aware of neighbouring fishing clubs and rights of way.
[Fishing rivers can be slightly disconcerting for us anglers and we think the thing that puts anglers off the most is where do I fish? who owns this stretch? where do I park? what times of year can I fish?and a host of other questions come to mind. We hope this page about the Yorkshire Derwent will give you a good idea and take some of the questions out of the equation.]
The Derwent has had its ups and downs over the years and some anglers will avoid it altogether preferring the Swale Nidd and Wharfe Those who have persevered with this beautiful river know just what you can get out of it, the days of the Derwent championships are unfortunately gone and you can walk miles and never see an angler but the Roach fishing has improved year upon year and anglers are realising this and starting to make an appearance on the river bank once more. Fish at Huttons Ambo and you can bag up again Howsham is full of fish and the Roach as usual in the colder months are above any of the weirs especially at Sutton on Derwent.
This does not mean the Barbel and Chub and other species have disappeared far from it, The Barbel may not be present in numbers as other rivers but once you do locate them and get one the chance is its the first time it has seen a hook. Chub are throughout the river and if you are a Derwent angler you will know where to go. All the other usual species are present Dace Perch Pike Ruffe Eels, Bream. This page is and never will be a page to point the angler to the swim to catch his fish, the catching of fish moreover river fish is the true river anglers virtue and finding the prize is just as exciting as catching.
The upper Derwent is a fantastic place to fish and enjoy. Upper reaches of rivers have that special feeling to them, exploring the water, walking in it, and finding the deeper pools the fast runoffs and just being there in the high moors and then downstream into the tree-lined river valley, this part of the Derwent is very special and you can try it for yourself by becoming a member of the Derwent Angling club.
The Derwent anglers club Have a permanent water bailiff and is there for any help and advise if you decide to join this club, The fishing is in a beautiful part of the world and starts on the North Yorkshire Moors and runs through Langdale, Troutsdale, Holmeswood, Hackness Everley Bottoms and into the Forge Valley, The Derwent Anglers is a very well run and organised club with regular meetings and get-togethers it is also one of the oldest angling clubs in the country.
The Yorkshire Derwent
Vale of Pickering
At East Ayton, the fishing is free for the local anglers. Further downstream the fishing info gets very patchy and the best way to fish here is to call at the local farm nearest the area you want to fish, the landowners have the fishing rights. I called at one farm near East Ayton and even the farm workers were unsure about the fishing. There are a few farms that may or may not have fishing but its always nice to ask and it doesn’t cost anything, farmers are a certain breed with busy lives but you may be surprised by asking them, to quote a Yorkshire saying, [It dunt cost owt to ask]
The fishing at Yedingham Tickets from Providence Inn, Yedingham – 01944 728093
The Providence inn at Yedingham is the place to find your ticket to fish the river, cheap day tickets or free fishing if you are camping, The river is narrow and straight and characterless due to the river being altered in the early 1800s but the chance of trout grayling roach dace perch pike and possibly the odd chub. A good stretch of river in the countryside. Plus a bonus! a watering hole what more could you wish for? Park at the pub.
Skelton Wath Farm ‘Marishes’
Skelton Wath Farm, Low Marishes.
Skelton farm use to let anglers fish but there is no information on the fishing here at the moment, we will update it once we have found out who now controls the fishing. Further fishing in the Marishes will also be posted here. Please contact us if you know of any fishing on this river. Chub Pike Dace.Trout.
The Derwent from the upper reaches to the joining with the River Hertford is a twisty windy tree-lined river with shallow runs and a few deeper pools to explore, but from here on through Ganton, Sherburn, Yedingham, and the Marishes it becomes a river that succumbed to the digger. In the 1800s the river was straightened to alleviate the flooding of the farmland in the area. Small sections of the river in this area are earmarked for development. see here for details Project
The old course of the river across the Marishes.