The fishery is open all year round for members and for the general public from 1st March until 30th November.
This fishery was operated by Yorkshire Water on a Day Ticket basis for a number years and they ceased fishing operations in 2001. A number of keen local anglers were upset about losing their fishing when Yorkshire Water decided they would no longer run the fishery. Felling Fly Fishing Club were on the lookout for a Stillwater and were able to negotiate a lease from Yorkshire Water and started operating the fishery from 2002. The fishery is fished by members and as part of the agreement with Yorkshire Water we also offer day tickets to the general public. Our stocking policy is to stock with average fish in the 2lb region with additional stockings throughout the year with larger fish in the 3lb to 6lb size. Like all still water fisheries, and Thornton Steward is no exception, they all suffer from the "Dog Days Of Summer". To try and alleviate this problem for the members and general public alike, Felling Fly Fishing Club took the decision in 2009 to increase its stocking policy during the summer. We are pleased to say that this policy has assisted both the members and the general public alike.
This fishery is fly fishing only with barbless/de-barbed hooks and from 1st March through to 30th November no fishing is allowed 25m either side of the inlet. A full set of regulations are posted on the notice board in the Car Park. Please ensure you have read these rules, and are fully familiar with them, before starting to fish. Catch and release is permitted but once you have your bag limit you MUST leave the water.
Day tickets can be purchased from the following three (3) outlets and may be purchased in advance:
1. Gilslan Sports. 2 High Street, Leyburn, Monday to Saturday
2. Constable Burton Caravan Park (open 7 days a week from 17th March)
3. The Weighouse, 8A Market Place, Bedale, DL8 1FQ, Monday to Saturday
Full day ticket £27.00 Bag Limit 3 Fish
Evening Ticket £19.00 Bag Limit 2 Fish
Concession - Day only £22.00 Bag Limit 3 fish
The concessionary rate is available to all anglers in receipt of the State Retirement Pension or Disablement Pension and to anglers aged 16 and 17 years. The latter is in keeping with the clubs policy of enabling young people who are still at school to go fishing at a reasonable rate.