The River Derwent
The Yorkshire Derwent rises on the North York Moors near RAF Fylingdales before flowing south and then south-west eventually joining the River Ouse near Selby. The section of the river 10 miles upstream of East/West Ayton (4 miles west of Scarborough) is controlled by the Derwent Anglers Club – one of the oldest fishing clubs in the country, having been founded in 1839. This section offers a variety of fly fishing – from bouldery moorland stream in the upper part (above Langdale end) to a rather more typical rain fed river in the Hackness/Wrench Green area. The river carries a good head of wild brown trout and grayling but it is also stocked by the club during the summer months with brown and rainbow trout.
The service offered is one to one fly casting instruction based at Fisherman’s Cottage, East Ayton. The day starts with light refreshments at Fisherman’s Cottage, unless you are staying overnight beforehand, when it starts with breakfast (see below) before the lesson starts either on the lawn or on the river itself at the bottom of the garden.
Guests can stay at Fisherman’s Cottage before or after their instruction session (or both!) if they wish. The accommodation provided is a double room with en suite bathroom and a spacious verandah offering views over the river and Ayton castle beyond.
John is a retired solicitor who has lived and worked in the Scarborough area all his life. He has been a member of the Derwent Anglers Club for over 50 years and was chairman for 25 of these.