The Yorkshire Dales in North Yorkshire, England, are a special place with magnificent scenery, rich wildlife habitats and
fantastic fly fishing. They have many fast flowing rivers and streams, and upland
lakes. The Yorkshire Dales rivers flow through limestone rock, which raises the pH value, providing the perfect habitat for invertebrates and the brown trout and grayling which feed upon them. This mix
of abundant fly life, and good stocks of brown trout and grayling, make the Yorkshire Dales rivers perfect for fly fishing.
The Yorkshire Dales also have many fine lakes. These lakes provide typical upland trout fishing for both wild brown trout and stocked rainbow trout.
The Yorkshire Dales are the perfect location to learn the gentle art of fly fishing for trout and grayling. River fishing is centred around the
River Wharfe, River Nidd and
River Ure, but also including
other rivers such as the River Ribble,
River Tees, and the smaller rivers
Doe and Twiss.
These rivers are limestone rich and all contain good stocks of wild brown trout
and grayling that rise freely to the vast array of natural flies on offer. For
more information on these fine rivers, including day tickets, please see the relevant pages.
The Yorkshire Dales
are within easy reach of Leeds, Bradford, York, Harrogate, Lancashire, Cumbria, South Yorkshire, East Yorkshire, North-East England, Greater Manchester and Manchester Airport. Leeds and Bradford Airport is
only a very short distance away, bringing fly fishing in the Yorkshire Dales within easy reach of many other areas and countries. Transfers from Leeds/Bradford Airport, Manchester Airport and local railway stations can be
Stuart Minnikin - Yorkshire Dales Fishing
Renowned nationally as the premier flyfishing guide in the Yorkshire Dales, I
have access to some of the very best fly fishing in the area, including many
private or little know stretches of rivers and smaller streams. Surprisingly
though, some of the very best fishing in the Yorkshire Dales is not private -
you just need to know where and when to go, and how to access and approach them.
This is something which you can't shortcut, but having been born and brought-up
in the Dales there is no one better to guide and advise you. A look through the
images on my
Flickr Gallery will show you the places where I guide, and,
more importantly, the
number of clients I actually take to these places - not something you will see
on other guides websites!
Why Book With Me?
Member of Hardy
& Greys ProTeam - "The Hardy & Greys ProTeam
is made up from arguably the finest instructors and fisherman in the
whole of the UK & Ireland, ranging from world casting champions to
international anglers." That is how Hardy & Greys describes its
ProTeam and in my opinion this is the ultimate accolade, to have
one's skills and experience recognised by such a premium brand with
just 10 other top anglers in the UK!
APGAI Qualified (Advanced Professional Game
Angling Instructor) - currently APGAI is highest recognised
instructor qualification in the UK and it is held in high regard
throughout the world. To attain the APGAI qualification you need to
demonstrate to the assessors that you have previous experience as a
qualified instructor, can demonstrate and teach every cast perfectly
without faults, that you can recognise casting faults and rectify
L2CCA Qualified (Level 2 Certificate to
Coach Angling) - the basic qualification required to teach fly
fishing and fly casting in the UK, which I used as a stepping stone
to getting my APGAI qualification.
Former England International - I was selected for the 2004
England Rivers Team, gaining a silver medal in the Home
International. One of very few anglers
who have ever been capped for England and qualified as an instructor
at advanced (APGAI) level. There is no other fly fishing guide in the Yorkshire
Dales who has ever fished for their country!
Born and Brought-up in the Yorkshire Dales -
in Skipton, I served my fly fishing 'apprenticeship' on the rivers
of the Yorkshire Dales. Fishing as often as I could, travelling
widely across the dales, I eventually reached the pinnacle of fly
fishing by winning a place in the England Rivers Team on my home
river - the River Wharfe. There is no other guide in the Yorkshire
Dales can say that!
Worldwide Fly Fishing Experience - having fished and guided other
anglers throughout the UK, Croatia, Slovenia, Poland, Chile, Mexico, Kenya and the Bahamas for a variety of species.
Look through my
to see images of these places.
Member of GAIA (Game Angling Instructors Association) - formed in 1967 to establish and maintain standards of excellence in the field of Game Angling Instruction.
Licensed Fly Fishing Instructor - which guarantees that I meet certain standards, particularly in training,
qualification, CRB vetting and "Safeguarding and Protecting Children".
Fully Insured - for your peace of mind.
First Aid Trained - certified to above Health and Safety at Work standard.
Hundreds of Satisfied Clients - read my client testimonials.