Winter Fly Fishing at Kilnsey
Our fly fishery offers excellent fishing throughout the winter as it is fed from spring water that emerges from deep underground. This means that the clear spring water enters the top lake at a constant temperature of 7.5°c regardless of the air temperature.
As the water stays at in ideal temperature for growing trout, they remain very active and feed just as well throughout the winter. This is also helped by the abundant natural food supplies like buzzers and bloodworms.
The pictures on this page were taken in December 2010 following a week of temperatures below -10°c, and the top lake is virtually unaffected by ice. In fact since opening in 1978 the top lake has never frozen over. During this extreme cold spell in 2010, as the valley bottoms reached down to -18°c, it actually stayed noticeably warmer up here.
We have now (December 2012) invested in equiptment to keep our bottom lake also clear of ice, so regardless of the weather, you can always trust that you can fish here.
Also, the council rock salt store for the area is only a couple of miles away, so the main road up here from skipton is always the first to get cleared when there is any snow or ice.
Winter Times & Tickets
As always, Kilnsey Park Fly Fishery will remain open all winter, closing on Christmas Eve, Christmas day and Boxing day only.
The fishery will be open 7 days a week from 7.30am (or dawn if later) until 5.30pm (or dusk if earlier)
For local dawn and dusk times click here (there is always this link on the ‘Tickets, Times and Prices’ page).