The Esk and Ure are known as salmon and seatrout rivers river has meant that it has often been ignored for its other types of fishing. This is quite wrong, as both its brown trout and sea trout fishing are excellent and too often underestimated. We hope these pages will help to put this right.
Yorkshire trout vary in type, genetic make up and size. There are the wild brownies for the purist anglers, the stocked brown trout organised by the clubs and the odd escapee rainbow from one of the many trout farms. Sizes vary and are generally in the three quarters to one pound mark, but fish are often caught up to five pounds.
The Yorkshire river systems are excellent for sea trout. They start running in May/June/July and later in the autumn can reach quite a size with 12lbs not being unusual and the odd one even more.
The legal season for brown trout starts on 15th March and finishes on 6th October, but in practice most rivers restrict the season from 1st April to 30th September.
Spring fishing for trout is mostly with wet flies such as Greenwell's Glory, Snipe & Purple and March Brown, with hook sizes 12-14. As summer approaches, the dry fly starts to be used, with patterns like Blue Hen & Yellow, Dark Partridge & Yellow and again the Greenwell's Glory. As summer moves on, smaller flies are better with olives, iron blues and sedges coming into their own. Tackle should be light, especially the leader.
The Ure at Swinton