River Swale

It is said that the River Swale is the fastest flowing river in England, Well I can’t vouch for that, but I can say that having fished this brilliant river more time than I care to remember it certainly seems to rise faster than most after it rains in the Yorkshire Dales. But as with all the Dales Rivers, it is a spate river.

The name Swale is from the Anglo-Saxon word sualuae meaning rapid and liable to deluge. Annual rainfall figures of over 5 feet per annum in the headwaters and 4 feet per annum in the lower waters over a drop of nearly 500 feet in less than 20 miles, gives proof to its name. It also lends its name to the Dale in which it flows through beautiful Swaledale.

The river starts its 72-mile life at the merge of Birkdale Beck and the great Sleddale Beck. Birkdale is one of the Dales smallest Dales at the far end of Swaledale near to the Cumbrian border,

The River Swale from here tumbles over many waterfalls and after falling over Wain Wath Force the river continues southeast through some good Yorkshire sounding village names like Hoggarts Leap, Catrake Force East Gill Force  Kisdon Force, and Swinner Gill. Then past the Dales villages of Muker Gunnerside Feetham Healuagh Reeth Grinton  Marrick and Marske,

The river along these dales villages meanders southeasterly, and North East eventually flowing east before reaching the first town Richmond then Catterick Thrintoft and Morton on Swale Skipton on Swale Catton Topcliffe Asenby Helperby then at Myton on Swale and its confluence with the river Ure.

 

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River Swale Marske Richmond

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River Swale Marske Richmond 54.396900, -1.827164 Trout fishing with the Richmond and District club, There is parking available over Marske Bridge on the left side of the road access is via a snicket in the right-hand side wall opposite, further parking up Marske Road 200 meters on the left access via the iron gate to the farm. Richmond has plenty of fishing from here all the way to Great Langton below Catterick.  Richmond offers temporary membership weekly and per day. find out more here.    http://www.riverangler.co.uk/richmondMarske England, United Kingdom (Directions)

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The River Swale is noted for its Barbel fishing the average size being 4 to 5 pound as with most Yorkshire rivers anything over 7 pound is a specimen the river record is 141b 4onz but there have been reports of a bigger fish banked a few times ,  There are lots of day ticket venues and yearbooks around 5 pounds for day tickets to 40 + for the yearbooks.

 

 

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River Swale Richmond

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River Swale Richmond 54.404320, -1.728458 Richmond and District Angling Society have some good water above and below Richmond for trout course fish appearing more around Richmond Barbel too.Richmond offers temporary membership weekly and per day. see   http://www.riverangler.co.uk/richmond     Richmond England, United Kingdom (Directions)

 

 

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River Swale Great Langton

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River Swale Great Langton 54.363170, -1.554523 Richmond and District Angling Society have water well above Richmond and down to  great Langton both sides of the river upstream from bridge north bank for 90 meters south bank upstream from bridge for around 1000 metersRichmond offers temporary membership weekly and per day. see the website for further details.   http://www.riverangler.co.uk/richmond    Great Langton England, United Kingdom (Directions)

 

We can’t go any further without mentioning the River Swale Preservation Society, formed in 1988 To improve the quality of fish life in the river they have been working along with other agency’s like the Environment Agency doing work like planting bankside trees and working in other ways giving fish some protection from the high waters that can happen to the Swale quite quickly.

 

 

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River Swale Northallerton Angling Club

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River Swale Northallerton Angling Club 54.336845, -1.519504 Northallerton And District Angling Club have some of the best fishing on the river Swale around Scruton some 4 miles of fishing on the river down to below RAF Leeming Airfield ,Senior membership is £45 and day tickets for £5 to fish downstream of Morton bridge can be purchased from the Royal George Pub Morton on Swale and the Spring House Farm Shop & Cafe both are easy to find and parking for all nadac fisheries is very good.To join please ring Rex Dale on 01609 771117 see their web site for further information. http://www.riverangler.co.uk/northallerton   This marker is the upper limit to this fishery see here for Northallerton England, United Kingdom (Directions)

 

 

As with other rivers in the area, the Swale has been pestered by seabirds like the cormorants and the escaped mink problem. The otters are becoming a real problem with sightings everywhere [river angler ] has had emails from anglers above Topcliffe also Cundall, Sheephills, and Myton reporting seeing otters during fishing and not catching anything, no surprise there then.  It’s time there was action in controlling the spread of otters and river angler will be asking the Angling Trust just what can be done. I urge all river anglers to become members of the Angling Trust and email them about the otter problem, it’s become so bad on most rivers that anglers are turning their back and fishing commercials and who can blame them. see https://twitter.com/Otter_Predation  for further details, please contact River angler if you see otters.

 

 

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River Swale Scruton

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River Swale Scruton 54.336682, -1.528044 Northallerton And District Angling Club have some of the best fishing on the river Swale around Scruton some 4 miles of fishing on the river down to below RAF Leeming Airfield ,Senior membership is £45 and day tickets for £5 to fish downstream of Morton Bridge can be purchased from the Royal George Pub Morton on Swale and the Spring House Farm Shop & Cafe both are easy to find and parking for all nadac fisheries is very good.To join please ring Rex Dale on 01609 771117 see their website for further information. http://www.riverangler.co.uk/northallertonScruton Yorkshire and the Humber, United Kingdom (Directions)

 

 

 

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River Swale Morton on Swale

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River Swale Morton on Swale 54.319978, -1.511393 Morton on Swale is run by Northallerton and District Angling club they have water above and below the bridge also day tickets from the Royal George pub or spring house farm at £5 worth every penny or yearbook at £45 see more on their website.        http://www.riverangler.co.uk/northallerton      Morton on Swale England, United Kingdom (Directions)

There is plenty fishing on the upper Swale   Reeth and District Angling Club, Has over 10 miles of fishing, stretching from Muker to Ellerton/Stainton predominantly for Brown Trout with the Fly but the club says other methods are allowed Reeth

 

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Middlesbrough angling club has water at Gatenby Maunby Holm Ainderby and Skipton Bridge Richmond angling club has ample waters around the town and Catterick and Brompton with well-priced yearbooks available

 

 

Bingley Angling  has a small stretch at Myton On Swale  Bingley

 

 

 

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River Swale Helperby

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River Swale Helperby 54.125859, -1.337070 River Swale Helperby and Brafferton Angling Club control around one and a quarter miles of fishing on the left bank from Brafferton footbridge downstream . with excellent fishing for Chub Barbel Roach Dace Perch and pike.  some big fish are to be had here contact stu.tate@gmail.com for further details.or Stuart Tate. Helperby, N. Yorkshire Tel: 07801 612472  for advice on any day tickets that may be available or year permits before fishing.  more information Helperby England, United Kingdom (Directions)

 

 

 

Northallerton and District have 4 miles of the swale from Scruton to Farfairholme.

 

 

 

Thanks to Mike Kilpatrick for this info Helperby & {Brafferton Angling Club Club controls 3 miles of the lower Swale at Fawdington and Helperby village Swale – Associate Membership available but with 60 currently on the waiting list it gives an indication of the quality of fishing – good priced day tickets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leeds and District have around 500 yards of fishing at Skipton on Swale and they have the Infamous Topcliffe weir stretch renown for its big hard fighting Barbel , also fishing at Asenby Helperby and Myton Barbel fishing on the Swale comes into its own below Topcliffe weir, Barbel are present at Richmond down to the weir but it’s here where the big ones are downstream Cundall and Sheephills have well-earned reputations for good size fish  Fawdington, Thornton Helperby and Myton are other areas you will come across good barbel.  Leeds

 

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Myton on Swale

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Myton on Swale 54.102539, -1.327457 Myton on Swale is nearly the last place that you can fish on the river Swale before it joins the river Ure, It is classic lower swale country and chub and barbel predominate. that said they can often be elusive.But the Barbel and the Chub do grow big.Other species are roach perch dace bream pike. To get to Myton Grange farm head for Helperby go through the village and after half a mile or so take the first turn to the right signposted Myton, take care as it is a narrow country road, the first farm on the right is Myton Grange farm, turn into the farm park the car in the square, and continue through to the river pay at the honesty box £5 its a short walk to the river.     more information . Myton on Swale England, United Kingdom (Directions)

 

 

Bradford No 1 have a small stretch at Asenby and at Thornton Bridge near Helperby and it is noted for its big barbel here too. Bradford

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