Fishing the Yorkshire Derwent
Howsham Wood Bradford No 1 Page 3
fishing the Yorkshire Derwent part 2: Its a good walk to the river upstream of Howsham but what you get is tranquil fishing in superb surroundings so if its absolute peace and quiet your after this is for you. These places are for a certain kind of angler and if you love fishing rivers there are plenty of quiet places like this one on the Yorkshire Derwent. I have had some very good days fishing for the roach and dace in the colder months, It can be hard to find a spot to fish in the woods but the persevering angler will find the rewards. It is a lightly fished stretch. Fishing from the field up from Howsham Hall left bank up to the sign after Howsham wood. A nice long stretch and barbel are always possible.
Bradford No 1 have some quality stretches of the Derwent just mention it to a Bradford member and Howsham will spring to mind this stretch on the left bank from Howsham bridge upstream to just below Howsham Hall including what is known as the island at the weir at the side of the recently restored Howsham Mill. There is now a Hydroelectric generator built into the weir the peaceful fishing has disappeared you now fish next to a churning noisy carbuncle that makes more credibility for the designers than it does electric for the grid. Love them or hate them you can still fish here. Although you can always fish further downstream or on the other bank on the York and District water.
Howsham below the bridge left bank.
This York section left bank below the bridge is a known chub and barbel area but that said like the rest of the river Derwent you can catch here one day and not have another fish for days. but that’s fishing. left bank from the bridge to the limit at Paradise Farm, join the york club here We have had some cracking days on this stretch of river. Park near the bridge. a very short walk hence the popularity of this stretch. I can remember an opening day here [16th june] when I couldn’t buy a bite I fished the whole day using a variety of baits and never got a sniff and a few weeks later in the same area, I had a great days fishing.! That’s fishing for you. Don’t forget the roach the roach fishing on the Derwent has vastly improved over the years.
Howsham bridge right bank Fishing On the right bank from the weir down to Barton Hill beck for all the usual species parking is the same as on the left bank. The few pegs below the bridge are popular spots although I’m not sure whether this is more for the ease of parking and the short walk to the river or the fishing? Barbel do from time to time come out here but don’t bank on it when I fish for barbel on this river I make sure I have a couple of swims baited up with hemp. A barbel angler without hemp is like a man with one arm.
join York here.
Aldby Park Angling Club
fishing the yorkshire derwent part 2: Aldby Park Angling Club has managed the water on the Yorkshire Derwent for the last 28 years and is currently seeking members. The cost for membership for Aldby Park Angling Club is reviewed annually and is based on the cost of running and leasing the fishing. The Fishing is for around 6 miles of the river mostly on both banks and if you like secluded river fishing in some fantastic picturesque surroundings then take a look at Aldby Park. The weir at Stamford bridge can be fished by special permission from the Caravan site owners only to Aldby park members. For full details take a peek at their website Here
Being a member of this club gives you an astonishing amount of river to fish with some great access along the length at various points including some farms, Don’t expect pegged out fishing areas or fishing platforms, this is wild river fishing at its very best find your own place to fish chop down the bankside vegetation and get in there.
River Derwent Stamford Bridge
River Derwent left bank from the bridge downstream. This is a short stretch near the public footpath and the fishing is free, Species roach dace perch pike trout chub barbel. Anglers also fish the opposite bank and access can be gained near the bridge. Please be aware when fishing here not to wander on private land and just downstream on both banks York & District AA own the water so please don’t fish on other peoples fishing rights. York DAA has miles of water and yearbooks are well worth the money. Get yours here. york
Left Bank Stamford Bridge
York has the second and third fields below the free stretch at Stamford Bridge A popular place for York anglers due to the short walk and reasonably good banks to fish from.
Right bank Stamford Bridge to Kexby York &DAA
There is some great fishing on this stretch and miles of it too. The middle section is very lightly fished as you can imagine it is a long walk but with all that fishing it really is worth the effort to put the hours in and purposely fish this great stretch of river, With shallower water and deeper runs the experienced river angler can reap the rewards with time and effort.and of course, some fishing at Low Catton is not available, so by being a member of the York and District Angling Club you can fish the whole Low Catton stretch from the opposite bank. To get access to this stretch out of Stamford Bridge head towards Gate Helmsley turn left after about 0.2 miles from leaving Stamford bridge turn left at the cottage towards the water treatment works and follow the track to the parking, it is a short walk to the river or a long one towards Kexby. Of course, you can access the river at the Bridge at Kexby.
Low Catton Left bank
The fishing at Low Catton was until recently run by Yarnburyangling club, but they no longer control this stretch of river. The lower stretch at Low Catton is now a small syndicate water. Possibly one of the Barbel clubs or Barbel and specimen fish enthusiasts, and they deserve the same respect as the angling clubs do, The landowners know the syndicate will respect and look after his or her property with only a handful of anglers accessing the property. We will, of course, try to keep you informed of any changes in the future.
Kexby left bank upstream
Upstream from the bridge to the limit sign, this stretch is only a few hundred yards long same species as below the bridge. Leeds and District water Yearbooks are available here. Leeds Park in the layby just off the old bridge.
Kexby left bank downstream
The fishing at Kexby is on the left bank Leeds and District own it and it is Yearbook holders only, fishing is from the beck approx 100 yards down from the bridge to about a mile downstream. The river has a few shallower places if you look for them, but it can be quite deep, A great stretch of river. Species include Roach dace perch gudgeon ruffe bream eels pike chub and the odd barbel. Get your yearbook here Leeds
Park at the old bridge.
Kexby Right bank downstream
There is no access to the river at Kexby on the right bank downstream of the old bridge. There are private properties below the bridge that own the river fishing and access is not allowed, Although Kexby House Grade 2 listed 5 star B&B offers 400 yards of fishing on the river for guests. No day tickets yet for the none guest river angler but ill keep you informed. As with most of the fishing on rivers in Yorkshire, a walk is necessary to the fishing, it is an added advantage to some anglers and a disadvantage to others. The advantage is that you get miles of fishing with not a soul in sight and virgin fish on the whole that hardly get fished for. Pay a visit to Beevers farm on the Kexby to Elvington road, they own most of the land on the right-hand bank and they will let anglers fish who have the decency to call at the farm and ASK PERMISSION to fish, don’t just walk to the river ask at the farm, the lady at the farm said they get anglers from time to time asking permission to fish and they usually let them. No littering or trampling on crops, or any other misdemeanour. Of course, it is a long walk up and downstream but to some of us, this can be a bonus you get peace and quiet and the river possibly all to yourself.
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