River Ure – Aysgarth (upstream end)

River Ure - Aysgarth (upstream end)

Brief description of fishery:
In conjunction with the downstream beat, our fishery on the Ure at Aysgarth is extensive, with a variety of water from shallow fast riffle and pocket water to glides and deeper pools. It is a Game fishery with good trout and grayling taken on dries and nymphs. As with all BCAA waters, it is strictly a Catch & Release water, and flies must be barbless or have had the barb crushed.
Left bank – ~750m from the railway bridge on Sister Ings Beck to the field boundary d/s of the stepping stones.
Right bank – ~1800m and then joins with the lower beat
Open for fishing:
25th March to the following 14th March.
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.
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 2017, and a copy of his AV report can be seen here.
Former Fly Secretary, Phillip Bailey, produced a Guide to the R Ure at Aysgarth and Worton which maps and describes individual pools in the fishery, and provides tips and information which anglers might find useful when fishing this length.
Special Rules for this fishery:
1. All lengths are open for fishing from 25th March to the following 14th March.
2. Anglers are allowed to fish with one rod only.
3. No spinning is allowed from 1st October to the following 24th March, inclusive (in the close season for trout).
4. No keepnets are allowed at any time.


Online Google Maps link:  BCAA Aysgarth fishery

Nearest postcode:
DL8 3AS (Throstle Nest Farm) (about 1.1km east of the “Blue Bridge” downstream limit)

The Left Bank top limit is about 600 metres upstream of the stepping stones where the footpath to Woodhall crosses the river. Fishing starts on the left bank of Sister Ings Beck from the old railway bridge at OS grid ref SD 969 901 approx, and extends to the bottom limit at OS grid ref SD 976 897 approx.

The Right Bank top limit is also ~600m upstream from the stepping stones, at the second field boundary. It extends just over 1km to join the lower beat at the double layby parking downstream of Starra and Wanley Becks.

This fishing can be accessed by crossing the river by the stepping stones or from the footpath from Woodhall.

Parking is limited and recent work to the road has reduced availability further at Nipe Lane.  The safest parking is at the double layby at the Right Bank downstream limit.


Water levels:

Level gauge at Bainbridge about 2 miles upstream.



  • Brown trout
  • Grayling