|The ruins of Jervaulx Abbey|
The spiritual home of Wensleydale cheese
The top of the beat is at the junction of the Ure and Harker Beck. This little stream has a special significance for Ure salmon fishing, because it was here in the 1990s that a very large dead spent cock salmon was found, weighing 36lbs post-spawning. The length and girth suggested that its clean weight in the spring might have been close to 50lbs. It was the first hard evidence of the rebirth of the Ure as a salmon river.
Pool and run numbering cross-reference to photos & paragraphs below
(c) Ordnance Survey 2021
All the photos in this guide were taken at a water height of 80cm at Kilgram, falling following a 2 metre spate, which usually offers ideal fishing conditions on most beats between Thoresby and Ripon. With 3 limited exceptions the wading is the easiest I've ever encountered on the Ure, with long stretches of gravel.
At this height the water is easy to cover: I was using a 12' 6" #7 which did everything I needed. On most of the runs you are fishing directly beneath your feet, and the longest cast you need on the pools is about 25-28 yards. With a higher river and using sink tips and a heavier fly you might need a 13' or 13' 6".
|1 - Top|
1 Is a straight run over a rough bottom that starts at the very top of the beat, and extends for about 150 metres down to the head of. Pool 2. At the far end it's too shallow to be productive (see photo 3).
The main running line is directly adjacent to the near bank, and the rough bottom provides an ample supply of. short-halt resting lies for running fish. There's no need to wade: indeed, it would be downright daft to try.
|1 - Middle|
|1 - Tail and entry to Pool 2|
|2 - Head|
2 is a long right-hand sweep with deep water and the main flow on the far side against the wooden piling. It's a delightful pool to fish and later in the season will undoubtedly hold good numbers of fish. The running line exits on the far side before shifting across to the near side for the journey up Run 1. The wading is very easy, but it's best to keep as far back as possible: covering the water isn't difficult and there's no point scaring fish in quiet water that clearly transmits the crunch of your footsteps.
|2 - Middle|
|2 - Tail|
|Run 3 - start|
3 comprises a series of runs under the near bank of a long sweeping left-hand curve. Again, there's no need to wade and quite a lot of its length has a rough bottom.
|Run 3 - middle|
|4 - Head|
4 is a medium-sized pool at the bottom of Run 3 that bends right into a straight quiet stretch.
|4 - Exit|
5 comprises a long section of runs split by gravel bars, with some very interesting pots and holding areas. it has a very 'fishy' feel and could well be productive when there are more fish in the river.
|5 - Lower end|
Fishing from 8 feet above the water
Keep back and kneel down to avoid sky lining
|5 - Lower, looking back upstream|
|6 - Head|
6 is a pleasant pool formed on a right-hand bend with plenty of holding capacity and a good flow.
|6 - Middle & Tail|
|7 - Middle|
7 is a large pool formed on a right-hand bend which looks like a good holding area. It's easy to cover, and although the wading is somewhat stony near the head there's no point going out more than you need for a good D-loop.
|8 - Head|
|8 - Looking down from middle to tail|
|Below 8 - the end of the easy fishing|