YORKSHIRE DALES FLY FISHING

FLY FISHING ON THE RIVER BAIN

 

Fly fishing on the River BainThe River Bain is a tributary of the River Ure, which it joins at Bainbridge in Upper Wensleydale. Its main claim to fame is that it is the shortest river in England. The source of the River Bain is Semerwater, in Raydale, and the river has only a 2 mile journey down to the River Ure near Bainbridge, making it England's shortest river.

The River Bain my be short but it provides delightful fly fishing for wild brown trout that rise feely to your fly. A day's fly fishing on the River Bain is best split in two; between the lower river (from the confluence with the Ure up to the village); and the upper river (from just above the village to Semerwater). The fishing is good both upstream and downstream of Bainbridge, however, the river that leaves Semerwater is very 'canal like' and doesn't offer very good fly fishing for quite some distance downstream.

River Bain brown trout, Yorkshire DalesThe River Bain is quite narrow and short rods of 7 to 8 feet are best employed with a light line and short leaders. The brown trout of the River Bain are plentiful and usually very hungry. It is rare that they will refuse a well presented dry fly and I have also had success with duo style fishing.

I have found that the River Bain fishes better when running quite low, so low in fact that it can look unfishable! But persevere, read the water, keep low, get carefully into the best position to present your fly and success is almost guaranteed.

 

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