Going fishing in North Yorkshire? Make sure you follow these top tips

There are so many great places to go fishing in the UK…

… but North Yorkshire is a truly fantastic choice!

From the fishing lodge holidays available to the plethora of fish to catch and numerous lakes to choose from, you can guarantee yourself a great fishing escape in this beautiful part of the country.

However, if you really want to get the absolute best out of your trip, there are some tips and tricks that you might find helpful to pack along with your fishing gear. Read on to find out what these are!

Static caravans on the waterfront at Brickyard Lakes, representing fishing lodge holidays.

6 top tips for fishing in North Yorkshire:

1. Choose the optimum place to stay

North Yorkshire is a pretty big place, and although there are plenty of different fishing lakes to choose from, it’s wise to pick somewhere to stay that’ll give you easy access to them all!

Even better, consider going on dedicated fishing lodge holidays, where you’ll have a fishing lake right on your doorstep. This means that, if you are unable to or don’t feel like leaving the site for the day for whatever reason, you can still go fishing!

Here at Brickyard Lakes, for example, we’re fortunate to have two of our very own vast fishing lakes on site, which are enjoyed by our holiday homeowners and other visitors throughout the year.

2. Keep the season in mind

Different seasons are of course better for fishing than others; spring is typically on-and-off, summer is usually the best, autumn can be inconsistent (but bounteous if you happen to be there at the opportune moment), and winter is the trickiest time to make a catch.

However, by knowing how fish are likely to behave in each of the seasons, you’ll increase your chances for success all year around!

For example, in the spring, it’s best to fish in the afternoon and early evening, as the water is warm and the metabolism of the fish will be at their peak, whereas the best times in summer are first thing in the morning and in the late afternoon/early evening as fish will be more likely to rise from the depths.

In autumn, late afternoon to early evening is considered one of the best times of year to go fishing, because the water is warmer (and therefore more comfortable for the fish) nearer the surface, and fish are putting on weight ready for the winter.

Despite the cold weather, the end of the season can still be a good time to go, as you’re less likely to have competition for catches from other people fishing.

3. Be weather-ready

Whatever time of year you go on your North Yorkshire fishing holidays, it’s best to be prepared for the weather! There’s nothing more frustrating than settling down for a few hours of fishing, only to be made to feel uncomfortable by the weather conditions.

July is usually the hottest time of year in North Yorkshire, where the weather can be quite humid, whilst winters are very cold and snowy. For the rest of the year, you’re most likely to experience cloudy days and smatterings of rain; so be sure you pack appropriately – not forgetting sun cream, insect repellent, a sunhat, extra layers and an umbrella/shelter!

Here at Brickyard Lakes, our current holiday homeowners usually keep spare weather-appropriate clothing and supplies in their static caravan or lodge, so if you also stay with us, you might find it helpful to do the same.

4. Know your fish!

As well as knowing the ways that fish will behave in certain seasons, it’s also good to get to know the kinds of fish you’ll be likely to catch in the different lakes, rivers or seas you’ll be fishing in in North Yorkshire. This way, you’ll be able to choose the best bait and spots to fish at various times of day.

For example, here at Brickyard Lakes, you’ll have the chance to catch carp, bream, Tench, roach, crucians and Rudd, and our onsite shop stocks everything you need to help you get the best possible catches!

One of the lakes at Brickyard Lakes, representing fishing lodge holidays.

5. Pack the right equipment and accessories

It probably goes without saying, but make sure you bring the right gear with you on your North Yorkshire fishing holidays!

In short, you will definitely need:

  1. rod
  2. tackle
  3. a fishing reel
  4. floats
  5. a landing net
  6. weighing scales

As some optional extras, we’d also recommend bringing:

  1. a shelter
  2. clean towels
  3. a comfortable seat
  4. food and drink (insulated flasks are a winner!)
  5. a compass
  6. a local area map or map of the area you’re fishing in

Worst case scenario, if you forget something, you’re never too far from a fishing gear supplier in North Yorkshire. The holiday homeowners here at Brickyard Lakes find our on-site shop especially handy, as well as being able to leave their gear at their caravan or lodge ready for when they visit!

6. Be patient

Even with all the best fishing gear in the world, there is no greater tool at your disposal as a fishing enthusiast than patience.

By taking your time, trying and testing different techniques and spots to see what works and what doesn’t, adapting to the conditions of the day and the area of North Yorkshire you’re fishing in, and making the most of your eyes and ears, you’ll be well on your way to making some great catches!

Have we got you hooked on the idea of fishing in North Yorkshire?

One of the best ways to make the most of this is by making North Yorkshire your home from home with a static caravan or lodge! At Brickyard Lakes, we can offer the best quality fishing lodge holidays, as many of our holiday homes sit right on the waterfront, or just a short walk away.

If you’d like to discuss owning a holiday home here at Brickyard Lakes, or even if you’d just like to visit our fishing lakes for the day while you’re staying in North Yorkshire, get in touch!

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