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Sat 7.30 - 12.30

Sun 7.30 - 12.30




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Day tickets are available, a maximum of 2 Day Tickets will be issued each day.  These are available from Addingham Post Office (mornings only). 

No member, guest or day ticket holder may charge for instruction on AAA waters without written permission from the Committee, which if granted, must be shown on request.

Exception: A member may engage the services of a Fishing Instructor with the permission of the Secretary. 



It’s a bit of a long time off yet, but Ilkley Wharfedale Rotary Club are looking for anglers equipped with waders to volunteer to help collect stray ducks at the Ilkley Duck Race on May 1st 2023. If you are interested in helping please email our club Secretary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Our member Ian Banks attended this event. Here is his report:

The Friends of the Dales (FoTD) 2022 conference was titled 'From Peat to Paddling – what constitutes a healthy river?’ and was held at The Devonshire Institute, Grassington on 24th September 2022.

The event was a sell-out with the general public and showcased the work and interests of six exceptional Guest Speakers - all interested in the health of our rivers (and in some cases particularly the Wharfe). It was chaired by Mark Corner, vice president of Friends of the Dales member champion for the natural environment of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and ended with a very healthy Q&A session. The six speakers and their topics were:

  • Prof Rick Battarbee, vice president of FoTD and Emeritus professor of environmental change at University College London, lives in Addingham where he co-ordinates the activities of the Addingham Environment Group. The title of Rick’s talk is ‘How polluted is the Wharfe?’
  • Dr Amy-Jane Beer, FoTD president, is a biologist, naturalist and writer with a longstanding love of rivers as explored in her recently published book, The Flow: river, water and wildness. The title of Amy-Jane’s talk was ‘Thinking like a river’
  • Dr Martin Christmas of the Environment Agency currently focuses on agriculture and water company regulation, groundwater protection and fisheries, biodiversity and geomorphology and talked about ‘Water management in Yorkshire, regulation and aspiration’
  • Prof Jonathan Grey, research and conservation officer for the Wild Trout Trust, (and environmental charity which uses trout as an indicator species of waterbody health), talked about ‘Wharfe woes and trout tales’
  • Charlotte Simons, senior catchment partnership officer for the Dales to Vale Rivers Network talked about river health and the issues facing the River Wharfe and what can be done to improve them
  • Tim Thom, peat programme manager for Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, looked at ‘wilder catchments’ and why we should give peat a chance

You can read the FoTD report via the link below.



Hopefully you have had a relatively successful year on our stretch, battling with low levels and hot temperatures.

Don’t put your gear away just yet, as it is now time to target the Grayling, which have shown a steady increase based on the information gathered from your catch returns. (It is so important for you to complete catch returns as they provide the Committee with useful information on fish numbers, water quality and the general health of our river).

Grayling are predominately bottom feeders, mainly over gravel or light silty bottoms and liking well-oxygenated water. Having an extended upper jaw their target food is predominately shrimps, nymphs and caddis larvae. When the first frosts appear, they tend to shoal up, so once you’ve found them, stay put.

They will often take flies off the surface but I believe most success will be from nymph and shrimp patterns, a size 14 on the dropper with perhaps an 18 on the point will get both flies near the bottom, the Grayling killing zone.

If you opt for surface fishing, a highly successful method is the “klink & dink”. Fish this in the seam where two currents meet, or if there’s any colour in the river, target the edges where the flow will be clearer. Bites are usually fairly gentle so watch for any small trembles or unusual twitches.

Grayling are not quite as widespread as Trout throughout our section of the River Wharfe. Some likely areas are, Remembrance Pool (especially the run at the top of the pool,) Steps Pool, Longlands and Harkers.

Wrap up & tight lines.



We use the catch return information (including blanks!) to help us understand how healthy our river is. On this basis, it’s really important that all members and Day Ticket anglers remember to complete a catch return, even if you blanked.

The catch returns that we have received so far this season show that the river is fishing well after a relatively slow start. 




Howard Sunderland, Michael Roe, Cyril Guest.


Chairman - Cyril Guest

Secretary - Peter Bell

Treasurer - Cyril Guest

Membership Secretary - Rob Whitemore

Committee members: Paul Tinsley, Robin Ellis, Robin Priestley, Graham Maud, Charlie Dutton and Tony Brady.


Life Members

H Sunderland, M. Roe, P. Tinsley, B. Armand, M Moore, C Winterburn.