Here you can find out more about all the club waters and what they have to offer. Please click the button of the venue you'd like to hear about and you will be directed to the right section. Alternatively you can find us on Facebook for live catch updates!
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The streams sections cover around half of our Ure water, running from Hutton Beck, up stream of North Bridge (peg 1) to around a mile downstream of Hewick Bridge where the streams run out into deep water. Parking for below Hewick bridge is next to the racecourse entrance. For Peg 1, down to North Bridge, parking is either in Ure Bank Pond car park or through the gate and at the top of the track heading up the field. Parking for the mid section is located at the end of the track for Ripon sewage works.
The shallower waters make a great home for all manor of species including, Roach, Dace, Grayling, Perch, Chub to 7lb and Barbel to 15lb. It is not uncommon to see 30lb+ match weights with the club record being over 100lb. In addition, for game anglers, there are Pike to 20lb, good numbers of Brown Trout going up to around 3lb and frequently large Salmon running through.
The layout of the streams sections really supports the use of traditional angling methods. As a general rule of thumb the streams sections are best approached with either a stick float or waggler tactics, maggot being the choice of bait for many. Also, bigger baits fished with a feeder or ledger into deep holes and features has frequently been proven to throw up the odd lump in the past.
The deep water sections of the Ure account for the other half of the 9 mile stretch that we have access to. On the Ripon side, starting from the field above the canal and Ure meeting running down to peg 192 at Bishop Monkton. Parking for the sections around and above the canal and Ure meeting can be found, bank side, through Littlethorpe chicken farm. Head through Littlethorpe village, turn off at the church and follow the road to the top of a mile long straight, you will come to a 90 degree bend, then turn left and head through the chicken farm and follow the track round to the left. You can park at the end of the track at the top of the hill next to the river. Parking for higher peg numbers can be found through Bishop Monkton village heading towards Roecliffe at the old disused army camp. You will need a key to gain access through the gate around 100 yards out of the village on your left.
The deep water sections are home to a wide variety of species in large shoals, making it a popular area with match anglers. You will find good numbers of Dace and Roach, Perch to 4lb, Bream to 8lb and the occasional large Chub. In colder months, the deeper sections are also home to some giant Pike that have been caught to 30lb.
With pegs ranging from 10 to 17 foot deep, the most popular methods with locals seem to be, long pole, bolo or stick float. Fished with light end tackle, on a good day you can build up a fantastic weight of silvers fishing with maggots down the middle. With the deep water being home to small shoals of giant bream and some big perch it is often worth having a chuck out with a ground bait feeder and chopped worm.
Ure bank pond is easy to find and very easy to park. Coming out of Ripon, turn left on Sharow side of North Bridge at the roundabout and follow the road staying to the left. Head down past the row of terraced town houses that will be on your right and you will come to a narrow track. A the end of the narrow track you will come to a secure, padlocked, car park which you can access with your RPA key. PLEASE KEEP THE GATE LOCKED AT ALL TIMES.
The pond, commonly know as "backwash pond" is home to a huge variety of fish. Originally developed as venue for those hat enjoy general course fishing but struggle to cope with difficult terrain on the river, the lake is home to a good head of Bream to 6lb, Tench to 6lb, Roach, Perch, Rudd, Bleak and Eels with the occasional, illusive, Chub and Barbel. Additionally, the pond has become more popular in recent years with carp anglers, due to the increasing numbers of mirrors and commons that have been landed up to 18lb. Also, through colder months, "backwash" is well know for throwing up some monster Pike to 20lb.
Being a notoriously challenging venue, tactics vary depending on the target species. Most of the time you will be able to find locals fishing for Carp and Bream using method feeder with groundbait and pellets or corn. When the weather is right, there is also some great fun to be had using natural baits with waggler or pole tactics. In warmer months the fishing can be great on the shallower pegs closest to the gate with colder temperatures normally pushing fish down into the bottom end of the lake where there is a deep bowl in the middle.
An easy venue to find, the Ripon Racecourse entrance can be located next to Hewick Bridge, on the Boroughbridge road, heading out of Ripon . Head through the green metal gates, which you will need a key to access, and follow the track to the side of the lake. You can drive up the left hand side of the lake but must park as per the signs if you are fishing on the right hand side.
Night permits can be purchased in addition to your annual membership at the extra cost of only £50.
No day tickets any more.
Jamie Bland 07739735571 (7am-10pm)
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This beautiful 22 acre gravel pit has been stocked and maintained to suit the specimen anglers out there. The lake is home to well over 250 carp up to 35lb, including over 70 Andy Parker fish and Viv Shears fish that were stocked 4 years ago. A vast majority of the fish are high doubles to mid 20's. Additionally there is a large head of specimen Tench, Bream and Pike. The lake is also home to big shoals of Roach which are rarely fished for but can make some great sport.
There are many methods that have proven a success on the Racecourse and every club member will have different ideas of how to approach the lake. Something which has proven key in recent years has been bait placement... it is recommended to spend some time working out your swim with a ledger to find clear gravel spots to feed over. Beyond bait placement, most commonly adopted tactics would be either ledgered boilies or zig rigs over a bed of loose feed. Still, some of the larger fish in the lake have been known to fall for both method feeder and surface baits in summer. For more tips and hints follow the link to our Facebook page above.
As a member you have access to the entire Ripon Canal, from the basin in town, opposite Ripon Bowling Club, down to where the canal joins the River Ure you can fish anywhere you like on the bank furthest away from Ripon. There is car parking opposite MKM building supplies or at Rentons Bridge if you turn left at Appletrees Day Nurseries in Littlethorpe. Similarly Ripon Marina can be found opposite MKM, parking is over the cattle grid and to the left of the lake. You can fish on any platform outside of the main marina gates.
One of the best things about the Canal and Marina is that there is such a wide variety of fish. Across the two you might find Bream to 5lb, Roach to 1.5lb, Perch to 4lb, Chub to 4lb, lots of small Bleak and Dace and the occasional Rudd. For the specimen and anglers there are many reports of Crucian Carp to 3lb, Common and Mirror carp up to around 15lb, and even Tench to 8lb! Predator anglers don't miss out either, there's tons of Pike with a number being over 20lb!
For the canal and marina, its safe to say that the go to method for the locals is fishing the pole. On the right day there is no better method for catching a variety of species. Through summer, pinkies and maggots will do the trick and in colder months bread punch can be deadly. When it comes to the larger species ledgered baits for carp and ledgered dead baits for Pike.
Situated on the outskirts of Ripon, the easiest way of locating the River Laver is by heading to Ripon Red Arrows football ground or Bishopton vets, Ripon. From either of these locations you will see a mini roundabout next to a stone bridge. You can get down to the water on the Ripon side of the bridge and fish anywhere from the bridge to approximately 2 miles up stream where you will come to a fence that marks the boundary of Ripon army camp.
The River Laver is a truly untouched and natural water and the same goes for the fish in it. You can find wild Brown Trout up to around 2lb in good numbers, Grayling to around the pound mark and the odd small Chub and Perch waiting for fry to swim past.
Finesse is the key when fishing the Laver so almost any method with a focus on presentation should do the trick. The high numbers of wild brownies mean that there is good sport to be had on a small, light fly rod, nymphs and spiders being the best in colder months with small dry midge patterns being lethal in summer. Equally as with any small natural stream a small stick float fished with worm when in season can be lethal. NOTE: YOU WILL NEED YOUR WADERS!