The Driffield West Beck

Chalkstream Fly Fishing in Yorkshire

The Driffield West Beck

The Driffield West Beck, (commonly known as “Driffield Beck” or “West Beck”), nestles at the foot of the Yorkshire Wolds and is England’s most northerly chalkstream. The Driffield Beck is historically one of the most famous and exclusive of all England’s chalkstreams and rivals many of chalk streams in Hampshire, Wiltshire and Berkshire.

Being a true chalk stream the Driffield Beck runs crystal clear and is highly alkaline making it a real “food Factory” for trout and Grayling, this combined with lush weed growth makes for excellent but sometimes challenging fly fishing. There excellent hatches of both olives and caddis and large falls of terrestrials from May onwards.

Driffield Wesy Beck Trout

For generations the fly fishing on the Driffield Beck was expensive and controlled by “dead men’s shoes” fly fishing clubs or was in private hands, day access was just not available but this is no longer the case. Go Fly Fishing are now pleased to offer guided fly fishing days on the superb Mulberry-Whin beat south of Driffield. The beat covers over one mile of well maintained double bank fishing and boasts an excellent fishing hut.

Top quality on site Bed and Breakfast and holiday cottage accommodation is also available for those wanting to stop over or take a fishing break.

Driffield is within easy reach of Harrogate, York, Hull, Leeds and Sheffield and a direct rail link from London to York together with a short train journey from York to Driffield makes it practical to visit even from the south of England.

Fish Species / Seasons

The Driffield Beck is well stocked with Brown Trout and also has an excellent population of wild Brown Trout. The Grayling fishing on the West Beck is legendry and although now not quite as prolific as they used to be this beat still has a good number of Grayling and holds some real monsters, Grayling well over 2 lb are caught reasonably regularly and fish in excess of 3 lb are present.

Trout fishing on the West Beck starts on the 1st April and finishes on the 30th September and Grayling fishing starts on the 1st October and finishes on the 14th March. The number of rods available on this exclusive beat is strictly limited and advance booking is essential.


A rod of between 8.5 – 9 feet for a 4 weight line (floating) is ideal for fishing at Mulberry-Whin. Wading is not required on most of the beat but there are one or two places where shallow wading can be an advantage.


The dry fly fishing on the Driffield Beck is excellent but fishing weighted nymphs and bugs can be equally effective. As you would expect due to the clarity of the water much of the time you will be sight fishing giving the opportunity to practice “induced take” techniques.


Our guide at Mulberry-Whin has many years experience of fishing there and therefore knows the water intimately thus maximising your chances of catching fish and having a memorable day. Tackle can be supplied if required and collection/return from Driffield Station can be arranged.


For chalk stream fly fishing the Driffield Beck offers exceptional value for money, costs do vary depending on the time of year and if you are fishing during the Trout season or in the autumn or winter for Grayling. The cost for a full guided day for Trout starts from £244 and for Grayling £199.

Contact Steve at our northern office to discuss prices and fishing on the Driffield Beck or to make a booking – 01756 748378 / 07717 533177, email

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