River Aire – Gargrave/Broughton

Brief description of fishery:

Game fishery with trout and grayling on both banks of the Aire stretching from Gargrave village to below Inghey Bridge near the A59.

Right bank (facing downstream): Top limit is about 50m above the weir at Gargrave – see limit sign. Bottom limit is at the railway bridge over the river, about 400m upstream of the A59 road bridge.

Left bank (facing downstream): Top limit is by the entry to the fishery by Highgate Farm, about 1000m downstream of the weir at Gargrave. Bottom limit is at the end of the first field downstream of the old road bridge (Inghey Bridge).

Open for fishing:

25th March to the following 14th March (see Special rules for further details)

Catch returns
After fishing please complete on-line Catch Returns for this water, it’s easy and helps with fishery development. Catch return input can also be done via the members section.

Anglers are advised that fields alongside this fishery may occasionally contain bulls with cows. Whilst bulls under these circumstances are usually not dangerous, anglers should ALWAYS BE CAREFUL and keep away from them. Members and their guests are reminded that BCAA Rule 50 forbids anglers from taking dogs with them when fishing.

Further information:
Prof Jon Grey of the Wild Trout Trust (and a BCAA General Committee member) undertook an Advisory Visit on this length in early 2016, and a copy of his AV report can be seen here.
The Fly Secretary has produced a Guide to the R Aire at Gargrave/Broughton which maps and describes individual pools in the fishery, and provides tips and information which anglers might find useful when fishing this length.

Access at Inghey: 

Note that access at Inghey both upstream and downstream is via a locked gate, members can purchase a key for £2.40 via their Clubmate account.

Special Rules for this fishery:

  1. Fishing is by one rod, FLY ONLY from 25 March to 31 October each year.
  2. Worm or fly may be used for grayling fishing from 1 November to the following 14 March (inclusive), but no ledgering with worm is allowed at any time.
  3. This fishery is Catch and Release only.
  4. Only barbless hooks, or hooks where the barb has been crushed, may be used at this fishery at all times.
  5. Only single hooks of size 12 or smaller are allowed. No double or treble hooks or wire traces to be used.
  6. No angler may start fishing in front of an angler already fishing, without his permission.
  7. Landing nets must be carried, and no keepnets may be used at any time.
  8. When walking the fishery, please keep to the river bank, use stiles/gates close all gates and report to the Fly Secretary any damage to walls, fences or other installations which you see.

Other remarks:


Online Google Maps link:  BCAA Gargrave/Broughton fishery

Nearest Postcodes:
BD23 3RZ (Parking at upstream end of fishery)
BD23 3AA (Niffany Farm – 1km east along A6069 to Skipton) (Parking at downstream end of fishery)


From the Gargrave end:
Park in Mill Lane for the stepping stones. Or on farm track that extends from Church Lane but note that this track can be very muddy and there is a risk of damage from passing livestock.

For the Broughton end:
Park by the side of the road at Inghey Bridge


At Gargrave (to access the right bank):
From Mill Lane by Gargrave Green, cross the river by the stepping stones and walk down to the top limit. Or via the gate at the end of Church Lane. (But you have been warned!).

At the Broughton end (to access the left bank):
From the old road bridge at Inghey enter upstream or downstream via the locked gates. Note that members can purchase a key for £2.40 via their Clubmate account.

Alternatively you can access the fishery on foot by the track from Highgate Farm over the canal (NB no cars allowed, and no parking).


The river level at Gargrave High Street . Note that this is a new gauge (installed around April 2022) following the collapse of the weir at Gargrave so the levels will vary from previous readings.


  • Brown Trout
  • Grayling