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Balder Valley


Hury an exclusive fly only water, is the ideal venue for traditional fly anglers who enjoy fishing with wet and dry flies, as well as lures. The picturesque fishery enjoys a pastoral setting including attractive paths along the north shore, where fingers of broad leaved woodland extend down the gills of the waters edge. Well stocked with fish reared from our own Teesdale fish farm. Hury is a must for the traditional fly fishing enthusiast and is suitable for disabled anglers.

Family permit was £35 and is now£36
Full permit was £23 and is now £24
Concession permit was £21 and is now £22
Credit Cruncher was £16 and is now £17.


Hury, like its neighbouring four lakes in the Balder and Lune dales, enjoys a pastoral setting. It is situated in Baldersdale, north west of Barnard Castle and west of Romaldkirk. It is the oldest of the five reservoirs in the Tees Valley and it is a haven for wildlife. The shallow,reedy bank‚area on the north shore fishes consistently well all season as does the south shore from the dam westwards during the early part of the season. Having previously been a coarse fishery, Hury holds a good head of roach and their fry is irresistible to trout. Fishing is only from the bank. There is no boat fishing.

Stocking: Hury enjoys weekly stockings of fin perfect prime rainbow trout, reared at our own Lartington fish farm, up to double figures. (twice weekly during summer months)

Dates & times: The season is from 16th March to 30th November and fishing times are from 8am to 9pm or sunset (whichever is sooner). November 9am until 3pm only. Fishing commences at 8am once anglers have signed in.

Try it days: During the season on Tuesdays and Saturdays Derwent reservoir offers fishing tuition. This can be for novices or anglers keen to improve their skills in the art of both fly fishing and multi-bait fishing. The price ranges from £15 for a junior and £30 for an adult and includes all tackle hire, rod license and three hours of tuition.

Fishing Tips
Fly: Spring and Autumn best area disabled platform up to How Gill Point, Corporal Hill. Best Method Fast sink link with Orange or Sparkler Boobies or if any naturals are emerging floating line with three small Black Buzzers fished extra slowly. Use White Zonkers or Humongous in autumn when fish are feeding on fry. Fly: Summer best area Waterfall Bay, Newhouse Bay, Top Dam Boil Pipe, Reedy Bank. Best Method Traditional wets such as Dabblers, Kate McLaren and Invicta on floating or intermediate lines. When fish are rising use a Booby on the point to keep flies up washing line style. From August onwards dry Daddies can be very effective and Black Hoppers are essential if Heather Fly are hatching.

Disabled access: There is a purpose built disabled platform suitable for wheelchair anglers fishing using the fly. This is located at the main car park next to the lodge and near the dam. Summer water levels check with the shop. Wheelchair accessible toilets and no parking charge for vehicles displaying a blue badge or for coaches

Shop: There is a well stocked shop open daily from 8.00am at Grassholme Reservoir. There you will find all the fishing equipment you need to get you started from scratch including a range of bait and flies for the day. Snacks, ice creams and hot and cold drinks are available daily along with a range of leisure items for the entire family to enjoy their day out. Fishing starter packs are available from the shop which includes everything you need to enjoy a fantastic day's fishing. Our friendly team of rangers will be on hand to offer you advice and assistance.

Non Fishing Activities
There is a circular footpath around the lake providing magnificent views across the water, this links into a walk around Blackton and ultimately to the Pennine Way. There is a pleasant picnic and play area on the South Shore next to the Dam Wall. Car parking is free. Toilet facilities with disabled access are available.

Online Permits: All permits are for a day only and catch limits must be shared if more than one person is fishing. All anglers aged 12 or over must also be in possession of their own valid individual Environment Agency rod license, which if not already held can be bought from the shop.

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Fisheries Manager,
Grassholme Reservoir,
Near Grassholme,
County Durham,
DL12 0PW

Mon-Fri 9-5pm 0845 155 0236
Other times: 01833 641121