Thornton Steward Reservoir: Winter Day Tickets

Day Tickets for Thornton Steward Reservoir normally cease at the end of November. However it is clear from talking to regular day ticket holders, as well as our members, that many see a days fishing at Thornton Steward an important recreational activity given the travel and other restrictions imposed due to Coronavirus and Covid-19. Consequently we have decided to make winter day tickets available for those who want them during the winter months of December, January and February. These Winter day tickets will be available at a reduced rate of £16 with a 2 fish bag limit. As this is special reduced rate there is no concessionary rate. Anyone buying a Winter Day Ticket needs to be aware that the reservoir is not stocked during this period.

A Winter Day Ticket will be available from 1st December 2020 until 19th February 2021 and can be purchased from:

1. Gilslan Sports. 2 High Street, Leyburn, (Monday to Saturday)

2. The Weighouse, 8A Market Place, Bedale, DL8 1FQ, (Monday to Saturday)

3. Akebar Park, Leyburn, DL8 5LY (open 7 days a week).

Given these uncertain times due to Covid-19 it may be advisable to ring a chosen outlet prior to fishing to check if it is indeed open. Similarly if fishing on a Sunday it may be necessary to buy a ticket a day or so ahead. 


Shellacres Estate, River Till: Correction

We have just noticed a mistake in the handbook with regards winter grayling fishing on the Shellacres Estate water on the river Till.

Item 3 on page 24 currently reads:

3.  No grayling fishing is allowed during January and February. 

This is incorrect and should read:

3.   No grayling fishing is allowed during December and January.

Please make this correction to page 24 of your handbook. Thank you.

What Fishing

5th November

Just to advise members that at this moment in time ALL beats on the Till are available for fishing.

Thornton Steward Reservoir and Rothley Lake are also open for members with Thornton Steward also being open for day ticket holders until the end of November.

Wear beats are open to members interested in fishing for grayling.

Fishing allowed during the November "Lock-down"

The Angling Trust has advised that  "angling is deemed a permissible form of ‘outdoor recreation’, and a lawful reason to leave home. It can take place, without time limits, within the provision allowing people  “to visit a public outdoor space for the purposes of open air recreation”. Full details of the Angling Trust Guidance can be found here:

We suggest that members make themselves familiar with this guidance.



October 2020 updates

Fishing reports

Members are still having success on most of our rivers for salmon and sea trout with the Tyne, Wear and Till still continuing to produce fish. The Coquet is in need of a lift to assist anglers. Pleasing to say that most fish are being caught on the fly and more importantly being returned safely to the water.

The latest fish counts have been updated and certainly don't make good reading. Whilst some counters have been out of action for periods of time and rivers running high so fish miss the counters the numbers are way down on previous years especially when the nets have not really been in operation this year.

Hopefully all members received the latest newsletter complete with our request for your catch returns on the rivers. We do ask that members take the time to complete this action. As Covid continues to wreak havoc with no end in sight you will all be able to attend our AGM via Zoom. If you wish to attend then please follow the instruction as outlined in the newsletter.

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