Washburn Valley Fishery

Fewston, Swinsty and Thruscross reservoirs offer exceptionally high quality fly and coarse fishing in a stunning rural setting.

Swinsty reservoir

Stay safe

To stay safe during the Covid-19 pandemic, please follow this guidance from Angling Trust.

Covid-19 guidance

Fishery reopening 

Important information for anglers, please read before returning to the site.

We are pleased to announce that Washburn Fishery will be re-opened from 20th July, following the necessary closure associated with COVID-19.

To help keep our visitors and staff safe, we have introduced some changes to the way the fishery is managed. We ask that you please read this information carefully and follow these measures to reduce the risk to all parties.

  • Before travelling to site, please ensure you have your own pen and the exact cash amount for your ticket. You can find a link to a pdf document containing more information about the fishery, including current prices, further down this page.
  • Only one angler at a time will be permitted inside the fishery office – if more than one angler is present please queue outside, maintaining social distancing and following current Government guidance at all times.
  • Once inside the lobby, there will be a hand sanitiser station. Please make use of this before proceeding to handle forms and cash bags.
  • Complete the registration form using your own pen and deposit your cash into one of the banking bags. Insert these into an envelope and post this through the office door letterbox (banking bags and envelopes will be provided).
  • After you have finished fishing, please post your catch/return form through the office door letterbox or deposit it in the returns box outside.
  • There will be additional signage at the office to remind you of this information.
  • Please be aware that the toilet block remains closed until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thank you for your patience and co-operation and we look forward to welcoming you back.

About our Fishery

Fewston, Swinsty and Thruscross reservoirs offer exceptionally high quality fly and coarse fishing in a stunning rural setting. The fishery is easily accessible from the Yorkshire Dales, Harrogate, Otley and Leeds.

Swinsty and Fewston Reservoirs are both 153 acres in surface area and are regularly stocked with rainbow trout at 1lb 6oz and fish between 3lb and 7lb. The largest rainbow trout caught here was over 14lb! Wild brown trout can be caught and returned in all reservoirs.

Thruscross reservoir is a wild brown trout fishery only with 140 acres of water and limited bank space for the angler. The reservoirs are all part of the water supply system and the level of water can vary. This and the size of the waters, compared with many other fisheries, will test the skill of the angler.

Swinsty reservoir welcomes anglers for fly, spinning and coarse fishing. Only fly fishing is permitted at Fewston and Thruscross reservoirs.

Fishery rules and information

Everything you need to know about Washburn Valley Fishery.

Ticket prices

Fly fishing

Ticket type Price
Day ticket £20.00
Concessionary day ticket £17.00
Evening ticket £15.00
Winter day ticket £17.00
Season ticket £380.00
Concessionary season ticket £310.00

Coarse fishing

Ticket Type price
Day ticket £7.50
Concessionary day ticket £6.00


Tickets are available to purchase with cash only from the fishing office located at Swinsty Moor car park, near the western end of Fewston dam wall. Please remember to register at the fishing office before fishing.

Opening Times

25th March to 30th November Monday to Sunday From 7.30am
1st December to 25th March Saturday and Sunday 8.00am to 4.00pm
1st May to 31st August Daily evening sessions From 4.00pm

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