My book Life of a Chalkstream
is now out in paperback.
River Fishing in Yorkshire
Fishing Breaks offers the widest selection of the very best chalk stream brown trout dry fly and nymph fishing in the county of East Yorkshire.
The chalk Wolds of East Yorkshire are an important source of highly prized spring-fed rivers and streams. These watercourses make up a river system that forms the most northerly chalk rivers in Europe.
There are in total 48 named chalkstreams in the Wolds ranging from some
of just a mile or two in length to the River Hull at nearly twenty miles.
Of these the most notable from a fly fisher’s perspective is the
Driffield Beck, Forston Beck and The Great Eau.
Driffield Beck is the most important of the chalkstreams in the eastern Wolds, the most northerly point on the planet where alkaline aquifer-fed rivers exist.
Driffield West Beck as it is sometimes otherwise known rises as a spring at Elmswell in the foothills of the Yorkshire Wolds. It flows for a shade over 10 miles, in every sense a perfect chalk river until it joins the River Hull to complete a further 19-mile journey to the sea.
AAt some point in their angling lives most of the fly fishing greats made their way to Yorkshire. Articles way back to 1870 in The Field magazine sing its praises and J W Hills of 'A Summer on the Test' fame thought the Beck very like the River Itchen in Hampshire.
Will Robins is an ex England youth fly fishing team captain and gold medal winner, who has fished all over the world and spent many years fishing the Driffield West Beck. He is a native of East Yorkshire and manages the fishery, giving him an intimate knowledge of the river and the habits of the fish.
Retired school teacher Dave Southall lives within a stone’s throw of Mulberry Whin, having known and fished it all his life. It is fair to say that you will not find anyone more knowledgeable or enthusiastic about this famous northern chalkstream.
Both are available for a half or full day with tackle provided, plus flies they tie themselves.
In broad terms the fishing season runs from April to September. The hawthorn hatch, for which the Yorkshire streams are famous, takes place in late April/early May. It is worth noting that there is no mayfly hatch. There are no easy pickings in the second half of the season, but small flies, delicately fished are the secret weapons.
Top Yorkshire Flies:
Bead-head nymphs, Peeping Caddis and Shrimps in a variety of sizes are the best sub-surface patterns. Weighted nymphs for grayling are essential.
Recommended outfit: 8.5ft rod, of 4-5wt, with floating line and tippet to 2lb/8x. Waders not required at Mulberry Whin but can be useful.