YDAA control a stretch of ‘Mr Crabtree’ water approximately 640 yards long. Day tickets are available from the usual outlets. Night fishing is allowed by prior arrangement via the Waters Secretary. A fast stretch of water with loads of character. Adjoining land is not cultivated so can be overgrown in warmer months. This is a natural fishery and the undergrowth can be a challenge.
Species and Tactics
Typical lower Nidd fishery with many feature swims. Target species include chub, barbel, roach, and dace; some good-sized perch and pike are also present. The fishery is ideal for a roving approach with big baits like bread or meat. Some real surprises are caught and the feature swims are classic holding spots for barbel and chub. Running line float fishing can produce good sport and the river holds lots of character and features, which will test presentation skills.
Take the A59 (Harrogate) from York, to Moor Monkton. At the T-junction in Moor Monkton, a narrow lane is just to the left facing you; this leads to a gate, which in turn arrives at the parking area (this may be over grown.) The fishing extends for one field only as noted on the map. Do not trespass into the gardens at the downstream end and after the hedge.