Fishery of the Week York­shire Ouse

En­joy fan­tas­tic sport on a non-profit-mak­ing stretch of the York­shire Ouse, fund­ing the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

DE­SPITE its rep­u­ta­tion among the match fra­ter­nity as a tough north­ern river, the York­shire Ouse is full of fish.

Deep, wide and prone to floods, it can be a daunt­ing win­ter prospect but in Septem­ber, Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber it’s a fan­tas­tic place to fish. One of the best ar­eas to head for is the Mitre An­gling-con­trolled stretch at Over­ton, up­stream of the his­toric city of York. Three species seem to rule the roost here. Big old bream which av­er­age 3lb-4lb but run up to 9lb and can pro­vide bumper catches.

Stacks of pris­tine roach in­clude some qual­ity fish which pro­vide plenty of dou­ble-fig­ure weights. And fi­nally chunky perch up to 3lb, which hang around the sil­ver­fish shoals.

Park­ing is avail­able right next to the river here with ac­cess down a track, a gate key for which can be ob­tained in ad­vance from the nearby Mitre An­gling. Odd matches are held on al­ter­nate sun­days so check first. Uniquely, the 23-peg stretch is run as a non-profit fishery, as it’s the landowner’s wish that all pro­ceeds from day ticket sales go to The Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion.

York an­gler Craig Robin­son has grown up on this river and loves the chal­lenge it presents.

“I’ve fished here for 30 years and you never ever know what you’re go­ing to catch or how much!” he said. “I’ve had bream catches up to 100lb at Over­ton on the feeder and a cou­ple of weeks ago I had 50lb of skim­mers on the pole at the top of the stretch.

“We’ve had a bit of ex­tra

wa­ter in the last few weeks and there have even been a few bar­bel show­ing. It gets deeper up­stream and you can catch bream all along. The roach fish­ing is bet­ter around the en­try point and down­stream in the shal­lower wa­ter.”

Depths vary mas­sively, from 6ft to 20ft! Craig looks for the flow when de­cid­ing where to cast. For the roach he prefers to float­fish with hemp and tares.

“I don’t think peo­ple re­alise how many bleak and tiny dace are in the river. It’s dif­fi­cult to get past them and if you feed mag­gots they won’t reach the bot­tom! Hemp and tares are the an­swer. I like to fish a stick float a third of the way out with a long rod. Some­times fish will come up to in­ter­cept the loosefed hemp and you can catch at half-depth or even 6ft deep in 18ft of wa­ter!

“Use a 0.08mm hook­length and a fine size 16 hook for a tare, or a 0.10mm hook­length if sport is re­ally good,” he ad­vised. PRICES: Day tick­ets £3, Mitre An­gling, CON­TACT: Mitre An­gling 01904 654841 LO­CA­TION: From York, take the A19. En­try is via a gate on the sharp bend of Stripe Lane, Over­ton, half-a-mile af­ter the rail­way bridge. The near­est post­code is YO30 1YL.

A fine 20lb-plus mixed bag on feeder tac­tics.

Craig Robin­son waits for the next bream to bite at Over­ton.

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