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River Nidd

Coarse Fishery

Open 16th June until 14th March following year.

Closed 15th March until 15th June.

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Cowthorpe, Nr. Wetherby - Right Bank (LS22 5EZ)

There are two parts to the Cowthorpe fishery, above the weir and below the weir.

Below the weir

The most popular section with the easiest access is the bottom section. There are four parking areas for this section off the Tockwith Road between Cowthorpe and Tockwith. There is a parking area in the corner of the first big field on your left as you leave Cowthorpe village. From this point it is 550 yards down the field to the river. The weir is just upstream. The next parking is 600 yards down the road in a lay-by. The river here is quite close and this is a popular access point for anglers. A further 250 yards down the road a a car park through a gate. This again is a popular access point with it being close to the river. A further 850 yards is our last car park. It is just after the house on the left, through the sign posted gate. Access from here is over the stile and around the small field to the river bank. The total length of this bottom section is over 3100 yards of prime fishing. The variety of the water is mind boggling, with a weir, rapids, shallows, glides, pools, deep water, reeds beds and over hanging willows covering most of it's length. The variety and quality of fish are astounding as well with many being of specimen size. These include chub, perch, barbel, dace, gudgeon, bullhead, bream, grayling, roach, ruffe, eel, pike and even the odd carp!

Above the weir

Access to this section of the river is a little more difficult with only two access points. One through the village by footpath and the other through the sign posted gate on Cowthorpe Lane between Cowthorpe village and the A1. Parking here next to the gate is at the side of the road on the verge. From here it is only 150 yards across the field to the river bank. This is quite near to the limit board and the section runs 1500 yards all the way down to the weir. The water is generally steadier and deeper than below the weir, but there is still much tree cover and reed beds. These include chub, perch, barbel, dace, gudgeon, bullhead, bream, grayling, roach, ruffe, eel and pike.

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River Nidd

Trout & Mixed Fisheries

Open 25th March until 14th March following year.

Closed 15th March until 24th March.

The period between 15th March and 15th June, only fly, minnow, worm or artificial lure can be used. All other baits are barred, including maggots. No keep nets to be used.

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Ramsgill, Nr. Pateley Bridge (HG3 5RL)

The fishery starts 1/2 mile above Ramsgill Bridge. Worm and fly only allowed for the first 1/2 mile. Fish from both Banks. The continuation upstream is left Bank only to iron bridge and then the following three fields. No keepnets allowed. No parking over iron bridge.

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Summerbridge - Left Bank (HG3 4HT)

The fishery starts below the bridge and extends downstream approx. 500 yards to notice board. Entry ONLY from gate on Knaresborough/Pateley Bridge road. No keepnets allowed.

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Nun Monkton - Left Bank (YO26 8EL)

This beautiful fishery twists and turns its way through over-hangng trees towards the confluence with the river Ouse. It runs its way round the edge of the hay fields for a length of 2300 yards. The depth and currents vary from swim to swim and there are too many fish holding features to describe. Beside being a peaceful place to fish it also holds a great variety of fish including chub, barbel, perch, roach, dace, ruffe, gudgeon, bleak, eels and pike. To find it from the A1M take the A59 road towards York and then turn left after 4.5 miles up Pool Lane which is sign posted Nun Monkton. Follow the lane in to the village green and turn right opposite the village pond and follow the road in to the corner. Where the road turns rights down the side of the houses, continue straight ahead through the gate and down the field to our car park. From here you can see the river and it is a further 400 yards down to the river bank. The length continues upstream for 750 yards to the limit board.

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