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The Yorkshire Esk

Sea Trout Fishing on the Yorkshire Esk

The Yorshire Esk has its source in Westerdale Moor and flows the 28 miles to empty into the North Sea at Whitby.  Once one of the most productive salmon rivers in England, the Esk still produces good numbers of sea trout, with 493 sea trout recorded in the 2008 season.

The Yorkshire Esk at Lealholm


Sea Trout Fishing on the Yorkshire Esk

It is around Castleton that the river becomes of interest to the angler, producing trout and grayling throughout the season and salmon and sea trout given a bit of water. This stretch is mainly under control of Danby & District Angling Club who offer excellent value season permits at around 15, available from Duke Of Wellington in Danby and the local Post Office. There are various stretches of free fishing, for example at Lealholm, where the main pool in the village can hold good shoals of sea trout. Night time fly fishing offers the best chance of catching these wary fish. More  public fishing is available at Rakes Common at Glaisdale, where salmon and sea trout might fall to fly or spinner on a falling spate.  A mile or so downstream is the popular free stretch at Limber Hill which can be productive late in the season. There is also some free fishing at Sleights  which can produce fish to spinner on a spate. The middle river is mainly under the control of the more exclusive Esk Fisheries Association which has rights over 16 miles of river running from near the village of Lealholm to Sleights, and other local angling clubs. Some of the best fishing on the river is available at Egton Bridge from the Egton Estate.


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