Fly Fishing Holidays - See Also Escorted Trips

The Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire, is the perfect place for a fly fishing holiday, with every ingredient to make your stay a memorable one. As you will see on other pages of the "Yorkshire Dales Fly Fishing" website, there are many opportunities for fly fishing, whether you are looking for trout fishing, grayling fishing, river fly fishing, stillwater fly fishing, or a fly fishing course with tuition and accommodation.

Fly fishing holidays can be a single night, a weekend break, short break, stag weekend, a week or more – you decide. The itinerary of your fly fishing holiday will be arranged to meet your requirements, whether that be river trout fishing, grayling fishing, stillwater fly fishing or fly fishing from a boat. Your fly fishing holiday will be tailor made to suit you and will be varied and interesting, fishing a different location each day. Just let me know your requirements and I will do the rest. One day might be trout fishing on the River Wharfe, at say Bolton Abbey, next day fly fishing for grayling on the River Ure or River Nidd or fly fishing from a drifting boat for wild brown trout or rainbow trout. You may want to get away from it all and have some challenging fly fishing on a small stream (known locally as a beck). You will get all the information you need from the other pages on this site and hopefully, if I have written this site well, you will get a feel of what fly fishing in the Yorkshire Dales is all about and of the passion that I have for the Yorkshire Dales and the tremendous fly fishing resource we have here.

The Yorkshire Dales are near Leeds/Bradford Airport, Manchester Airport and many other airports in the north of England, from where you could be met and transported to the accommodation of your choice. Or you might want to travel to the Yorkshire Dales by train. Skipton is the nearest railway station and Leeds and York are not far; transport can be arranged from all these places. If you want transport from somewhere else please contact me to discuss your requirements. Your fly fishing holiday can include all transport from your arrival point in North Yorkshire, throughout your stay and return to your departure point. Just let me know what you require. If you are are driving here I will supply you with full directions to your accommodation and meet you there to go fly fishing each day.

There is a large selection of accommodation to suit all pockets, including hotels, guest houses, pubs, self catering cottages, etc. I have selected  cottages, hotels and inns from all the others in the Yorkshire Dales. They have been chosen because they are fishing friendly, close to great fly fishing and situated in beautiful Yorkshire Dales villages surrounded by lovely countryside. Please see below for more details. The hotels and inns serve good food and have well stocked bars. The cottages are within casting distance of a pub or restaurant and close to village amenities. Decide where you would like to stay, when and for how long and I will do the rest. In the unlikely event that these are not suitable for your needs there are many other places I can recommend.

So there you have it. A fully inclusive fly fishing holiday, which can include transport, accommodation and a varied, professionally guided, fly fishing break in the Yorkshire Dales.

Autumn and Winter Grayling Fishing Breaks

Autumn and winter in the Yorkshire Dales is grayling time. Join me on a winter or autumn grayling fishing break for 1, 2 or 3 nights staying in a traditional Yorkshire Dales pub and fishing a different river each day.

I will guide for you each day on the finest grayling rivers in Yorkshire, at this wonderful time of the year.  In autumn we use dry flies, nymphs, spiders and Czech Nymphs to seduce the grayling, but as we move through the winter our flies need to be nearer the bottom of the stream to entice the grayling. We then almost exclusively fish with heavily weighted nymphs and we need to read the water to find the "Lady of the Stream". This is still rewarding fishing though, and double figure numbers of grayling can be expected. At the end of a successful day's fishing, as the nights draw in,  relax in front of a real fire in your chosen Yorkshire Dales pub/hotel with a pint of Yorkshire ale or a glass of fine wine and a freshly cooked meal.


All the accommodation I offer has been picked by me for its location, reputation, links to fly fishing and overall suitability for anglers. All have been inspected by me and meet my own high standards. Please contact me regarding any questions you may have, or to make a booking.

Accommodation in Wharfedale

Burnsall Cottage - situated in the picturesque village of Burnsall only a good cast from the Red Lion and right on the banks of the River Wharfe. It sleeps up to 6 people comfortably. It has a coal fire, gas central heating, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, colour TV, electric shower and everything else you can think of to make your stay comfortable. Prices from £325 to £545 per week and includes all bed linen, towels, gas, coal and electricity. No pets.

Grassington Cottage - stands at the top of Grassington's Main Street. Grassington is the largest village in Wharfedale, a popular tourist village with shops, cafes and restaurants. The cottage is a former lead miner's cottage and has been lovingly restored whilst keeping the original beams in the ceilings and windows and exposed stone fireplace. It sleeps up to 4 people and is again well equipped with gas central heating, gas stove in the fireplace, electric cooker, hob, microwave, washer, tumble dryer, shower, TV and radio. Prices from £275 to £450 per week and includes all bed linen, towels, gas and electricity. No pets.

Grassington - I also have a 4 bedroom house available for stays of 4 days and longer in Grassington. It is very reasonably priced and handy for fishing the best beats of the River Wharfe from Kilnsey to Bolton Abbey. Please contact me for more information.

Accommodation in Wensleydale

Swinton Park - Masham, in Wensleydale, is an exclusive 30 bedroom luxury castle hotel. Swinton Park has been awarded 4 Red Stars (Inspector's Choice) and 3 Rosettes by the AA, for excellent facilities, high levels of service and quality of cuisine. Swinton Park is one of the highest rated hotels in Yorkshire and Cumbria. It has it's own stretch of River Ure, just downstream of Masham, on which I have permission to guide residents. This is a good stretch of River Ure, with good stocks of trout and grayling. There are a few stillwaters close to the hotel which provide good flyfishing.
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The Cover Bridge Inn - is a historic 16th century inn on the banks of the River Cover and is run by Nick & Anne Harrington. The Cover Bridge Inn is situated alongside the River Cover, a few hundred yards upstream from the confluence with the River Ure. The pub serves a tempting range of wholesome meals and snacks, and the bar has changed little over the years, with heavy open beams, wooden settles and a roaring log fires. This is the place to enjoy well kept draught ales.

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