About the club

Sowerby Angling Society is based in the Parish of Sowerby, a small village abutting the Town of Thirsk, an old-fashioned market town in the Vale of Mowbray, North Yorkshire.

We currently have over four miles of the Cod Beck, in and downstream of Thirsk. It is good, small river fly-fishing  for wild brown trout and grayling, with occasional other coarse fish.  Sympathetic stocking with river bred brown trout occurs sporadically, usually once every two to three years.

The club was formed in 1969 to provide affordable fly fishing for brown trout for residents of the Parish of Sowerby. Originally only fishermen with a Sowerby post code were eligible for membership. Anglers from the adjacent township of Thirsk were not eligible!
The club used to have strong waiting lists for both the senior and junior sections, all from anglers within the Sowerby parish. It was an important part of the Sowerby community, organising a well attended annual dinner and dance where the Clubs trophies would be presented to that years winners.

Over the years local interest in fishing declined whilst interest in fishing the Cod Beck from anglers living outside of Sowerby increased.  To maintain a viable club “outsiders” were allowed to join, even anglers from Thirsk!
Please feel free to contact us via the contact page about membership or any general enquiries. We often have a small waiting list but usually it is not too long. Currently the annual membership fee is £35 for seniors and £15 for juniors. A one off £15 joining fee is payable for senior members.

Our aim is to continue to provide affordable good brown trout fishing for anyone interested in fishing small rivers.