Fly Fishing Yorkshire Blog

The Cod Beck Syndicate.

Fly Fishing Yorkshire is privileged to have its own 2 mile section of the Cod Beck at South Kilvington near Thirsk, for Wild Brown Trout and Grayling fishing. (Strictly catch and release)

We have had this stretch of Cod Beck since 2012 and back in 2014 it was opened as a fly fishing syndicate. This in turn, allowed fly fishermen to become members of this truly magical piece of water, which was a 5 page main feature in the June 2016 Total Fly Fisher Magazine, titled '2 Miles of Heaven.'

Our stretch of the Cod Beck is split up into 4 beats, which are known as: 'The Deeps,' 'Kilvington,' 'Spa Farm' and 'The Dens.' Each beat boasts its own special character, as detailed below…

The Deeps

The Deeps is the first beat on our water, it is slow in character and as the name suggests, it's deep! There are no trees in this section allowing ease of casting, and it's notorious for large Brown Trout during the prolific Mayfly hatch which can be stalked from the bank sides giving great sport. Brown Trout up to the 2lb mark are common place here. The Mayfly hatch is known for being very large on the Cod Beck system, and the beck is locally known as the Mayfly capital of the north.

the deeps

Kilvington

Kilvington is a large section which is tree lined throughout the beat. However, the trees are not an issue for the angler as they have been lopped to allow casting with ease while not losing any of those precious canopies. It feels like fishing through a tree lined dome. The water flows at a wonderful pace through here and offers some retreat during the hot summer days. As you move through this beat it ends up at our very own weir pool. Here during the early spring months you can find the Brook Lamprey working away, and during October and November you can witness the Salmon and Sea-Trout migrating on their long journey.

kilvington

Spa Farm

Spa has an almost chalk stream feel to it; stunning runs and riffles that drop into deep little pockets, which hold some real treats for the angler. With no trees in sight it flows through the open grass fields quietly harbouring all in the insects and flies that have blown in off the surrounding grassland. This section is the most simple for a newcomer to the sport, where casting and wading are the easiest possible.

spa farm

The Dens

If you are after jungle warfare then here it is! The Den's has been purposefully kept wild and untouched, so to give the advanced angler the challenge he needs. Your efforts will be well rewarded as Brown Trout up to the 3lb mark have been caught down here. You will need the right fly fishing techniques and a short rod in order to navigate your way round.

the dens

If you are interested in joining the syndicate or would like further information regarding membership and fees, please feel free to get in touch.