Leighton Reservoir Fly Fishing, Masham, North Yorkshire

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Fly Fishing
on Leighton Reservoir

Leighton Reservoir is a 105 acre, 90ft deep fly-only bank fished reservoir, stocked with Rainbow Trout from the nearby Swinton Trout Farm. It is surrounded by the moorland dales, just a few miles from Masham, and enjoys fabulous views.

Leighton is a Trout Masters water with a number of fish over 10lbs caught every year. The fishery is open all year, weather dependent. There are a number of ticket options including concessionary, junior and evening tickets.


Facilities include a lodge, toilets, and parking. Tickets are self service from the office at the car park.


Swinton Trout Farm

Swinton Trout Farm is situated on the River Burn a tributary of the river Ure only 3 miles from Leighton Reservoir.

Over 30 ton of Rainbow trout are reared annually for stocking both Leighton Reservoir and other fisheries. The fish in the farm are used to the same peaty, slightly acidic water of the reservoir, which leads to their easy and healthy transfer.

Swinton farm can deliver small or large quantities of Rainbow Trout to fisheries in Cumbria or Yorkshire. Fish of between 1 ½ - 3lbs are readily available and orders for larger fish to 15lbs can be taken.







Tickets & Pricing

Full Day Ticket

Keeping the first 4 fish caught, then catch and release.


Concessionary Full Day Ticket

(Over 65/Registered disabled) Keeping the first 3 fish caught, then catch and release.


Under 16 Full Day Ticket

Keeping the first 2 fish caught, then catch and release.


Evening Ticket

From 4.00pm to close. Keeping the first 2 fish caught,then catch and release.



Reductions are available on application for clubs bringing more than 15 anglers per visit, paying in advance.


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Tuition & Advice

Advice on fishing Leighton Reservior

The 100 acre reservoir can be quite daunting to a novice or an experienced fly fisher on his first visit. Josh Riddell can be on hand to offer advice about the best places, flies and tackle to use. Josh can be contacted on 01765 689270 to arrange a meeting.

Fly Fishing Instruction at Leighton Reservoir

Ian Riddell is a member of the Game Angling Instructors association and can be booked for casting instruction.



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If you have any questions, comments or suggestions we would like to hear from you. Please drop us a line using the form below.

To Book - Angling or Tuition
Phone: 01765 689270 or 07815 114890.
Leighton Reservoir, Healey, Nr Masham, Ripon, North Yorshire, HG4 4LS
Email: info@leightonflyfishing.co.uk 

Directions: Only 15 minutes from the A1.
Leave the A1 at J51. Take the road to Bedale then to Masham. Before entering Masham, bear right for Leighton.



We take pleasure in showcasing some places to stay on your visit to leighton Fly Fishery



The Black Swan at Fearby Nr Masham



Only 2 miles from Leighton Reservoir, special rates for anglers.


Swinton Park


Swinton Park, Masham, Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4 4JH
Email: enquiries@swintonpark.com
Tel: +44 (0)1765 680900