Fly Fishing


Who we are

We have a number of excellent fly fishing waters which attract many members to BCAA.

Our Fly Secretary – see contact details here – works with BCAA members and organisations such as the Environment Agency and the Wild Trout Trust to manage and improve BCAA’s fly-fishing waters. We organise regular conservation work and work parties and have begun an extensive improvement programme for our fly waters, based upon Advisory Visit reports from the WTT (Wild Trout Trust).  You can see copies of these reports by clicking on the links for the River Wharfe at Buckden and the River Ure at Aysgarth and Worton Bridge.  Reports are also available on request, for the River Aire at Gargrave and at Carleton.

Fish handling, and taking photos

To help anglers look after the fish they catch in the best possible way, we have published some Guidelines for fish handling and taking photos.

While these guidelines are not part of our formal club rules, we urge anglers to follow this Recommended Practice.

Brown trout, grayling and salmon fishing

Many people have commented that BCAA is one of the hidden fishing secrets in Yorkshire.

We offer good brown trout and grayling fly fishing on the Rivers Ure, Wharfe and Aire, as well as salmon fishing on the River Ribble – see the Our Fishing page on this website. All this is available as part of the very reasonable cost of a BCAA Yearbook – joining the Club for a whole year costs very little more than the price of a day ticket on many of the Dales rivers.

All of our fisheries are Catch and Release and we encourage our members to adhere to good fish-handling practice to ensure the protection of our precious wild fish.

Our Members

We have many fly fishing members from West and North Yorkshire. We also have many other members from further afield – Lancashire and Cumbria, and even as far as Kent and Scotland.

Fly-fishing events

The club has two annual fly fishing events, for the novice fly-fisher as well as for improvers and the more expert. This year we also have a Nymphing Masterclass.  Click on the links below for details of:

– an Open Day is held each year for anglers wishing to learn a little about fly-fishing. However with the government announcement of the extension of the covid-19 regulations we have reluctantly decided to cancel this years open day. We are hoping to arrange a limited beginners event later in the season

– the Grayling Competition fly-fishing to win the Arthur Scaife Memorial Trophy.

       – This year we are pleased to present a  Nymphing Masterclass with Paul Gaskell and John Pearson. This event was postponed for the usual reasons last year. All places on the event are now booked.


If you’re thinking of joining BCAA, and want any more information about fly fishing on our waters, please do contact the Fly Secretary – contact details here.