River Nidd, Moor Monkton, York

Alantherose

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The YDAA website describes this stretch of the Nidd as ‘a challenging “Mr. Crabtree” style fishery.’ It’s short, not that wide, deep, shallow, pacy and slow. The biggest challenge is getting to the water as there are few cut swims and those that are cut are steep!

Despite all that, the walk down to the water is stunning. It’s in privately owned land and you descend between a hedged path into a meadow with beautiful trees and flowers and neatly mown paths for fisherman to traverse.

After a little look around I settled on the furthest peg downstream. Overhanging trees behind and a shallow bay with a deeper channel opposite and more trees. Perfect for trotting a light stick float through.

Fished for a few hours, steady away with hemp and red maggot. Dozens of dace, a few chublets, couple of roach and a nice perch. Almost landed a pike on a 1.6lb hooklength! The would’ve been a story!! Saw a kingfisher flash past.

No clonkers, but lots of fish on a lovely August afternoon. It’s not all about enormous match weights or specimens.

I love this place ❤️

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River Nidd was my favourite Yorkshire river back in 80s/90s, Green Hammerton, Nun Monkton were my favourite venues had some great catches of barbel and chub, great memories.
 

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A lovely stretch of river, with so many different characteristics and species.
I used to fish the Bradford No. 1 length at Wilstrop Hall, about a mile below Skip Bridge, and had an 8lb barbel from a spot where the river was no wider than my 13' rod.
 

banksy

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That's a nice 'pin, not one I recognise, what is it please?
 

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Took the lad today for a short Nidd session. Gorgeous day, bit too hot by the end but still lovely. After previous report I thought I’d post a couple of pics to show you the approach to the river...

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Water was pretty low but that didn’t stop Zach catching this opportunistic pike (on the third attempt- hooked it three times with a small spoon; can’t believe it kept going for it!)

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A move upstream found a deeper pool but still very slow. Steady feeding eventually found a few roach like this one...

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In the end hunger and heat overcame the nipper, so we headed home. Will leave it for a while until we’ve had some steady rain now.
 
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