Clearing lilies in dry suits

One of Charlie's many fish

Bailiff Dave Armstrong's caught a big one 

Brodie - during free coaching 16/11/2013

Chub caught by Steve Fairbourn at members

pond 18/10/13

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08/8/2017

Member's Pond Improvement Project

 

Starting on 25th September contractors will be working at the pond to remove around one third of the surface area of lilies by removing their roots.... for more information see the August 2017 Newsletter

08/8/2017

Working Party dates

 

19th August, 2nd September and 30th September. All three are from 10am onwards and will be at our Members Pond. Please confirm attendance with Club Secretary - occasionally parties have to be cancelled due to bad weather.

15/3/2017

Another very big Trout from the Ilkley AA stretch

 

On 12th March member Bernie Ireland caught a wild Brown Trout weighed at 4lb 4oz from the Ilkley AA stretch while Grayling fishing. Fishing nearby Trevor Smith caught seven Grayling. On 14th March club Secretary David Martin ended his season with an afternoon catch of four Grayling and two Chub. The Trout season starts on 25th March. No fishing on the river until then and no maggots to be used until 16th June.

7/3/2017

Large Trout caught in Ilkley

 

Member David Hobbins this afternoon caught a very big Trout from the Ilkley AA stretch while Grayling fishing. Club Secretary David Martin just happened to be passing by walking his dog when he noticed the bent rod. So he assisted by netting, measuring, weighing, photographing and carefully returning the stunning fish. It measured 21.5" from fork of tail to point of head and weighed exactly 4lbs. David Hopkins did catch two Grayling but none as big as the Trout!

17/01/2017

Good Chub catch at llkley

 

Club Secretary Dave Martin, a keen fly and bait angler, caught three Chub averaging over 3lbs. Legered bread was the successful method. Chub approaching 5lbs have been caught at Ilkley in recent years.

18/12/2016

Excellent match catch of Grayling

 

Today Trevor Smith, pegged next to the main road bridge landed 14 Grayling for a total weight of 10lb 4oz. He also caught Trout, including one estimated at 4lbs.

25/11/2016

Ilkley AA parter with Wetherby & District Angling Club

 

From 25th March 2017 members of Ilkley AA can fish the River Wharfe stretches at Collingham and Wetherby controlled by Wetherby & District AC. Their stretch has excellent fishing for Trout, Grayling, Chub and Dace as well as many other coarse fish species including Barbel, Perch and Pike. Full details will be sent out to members on renewing their membership for the 2017/18 season.

6/11/2016

Ilkley - a UK top game fishery

 

The November edition of ‘Trout & Salmon’ magazine contained a 48 page booklet entitled ‘Top Game Fisheries 2017’. In it it said that ‘The River Wharfe is possibly Yorkshire’s finest angling river‘, and the Ilkley AA stretch was one of only three lengths of the river specifically given a mention.

25/7/16

Catches from the Members Pond

 

The Members Pond has recently been producing Tench, Roach and Perch and the Roadside Pond Roach and Perch with big carp spotted. Floatfished maggots and small worms have been the best tactics/baits in both ponds.

20/2/16

WIld Trout Trust Case Studies

 

Click this link for a case study regarding 'non-stocking' off the River Wharfe at Ilkley and click here for access to additional studies via the Wild Trout Trust website

11/01/2016

Carry on Grayling fishing!

 

Despite the recent big floods Ilkley AA members have been out recently catching some excellent Grayling from our club river stretch. Worm trotted from a centre-pin reel has been the most successful technique. The two very big floods were on 15th November and 26th December, both peaking at Ilkley at over 10 feet above the normal river level.

 

On 21st December club Secretary Dave Martin fished our club stretch with top junior member Charlie Sykes. Charlie was immediately into fish and the one in the photo was at least 1lb 8oz if not 1lb 10oz.

 

On New Year's Eve our club Membership Secretary Peter Conner and Dave Martin caught some nice Grayling from our stretch of the Wharfe. But the picture of Peter shows him with a 1lb 8oz (weighed) Grayling caught from the River Aire near Skipton on 17th December.

 

On 8th January Dave Martin fished on his own for just over an hour and the photo is of his largest of a five fish catch from by the Riverside Hotel. Measured at 42.5cm it may have been a 1lb 12oz fish.

All these sessions were just short afternoon sessions of no more than three hours. So to plan a trip to the river check the river level at Ilkley on the Environment Agency website and the weather forecast for Ilkley on the Met Office website and get out Grayling fishing.

 

The last day of the Grayling season is 14th March and then the first day of the Trout season is 25th March.

 

Season memberships and day permits are available for the excellent club stretch at Ilkley.

17/10/2015

Lily Pull at Members Pond, Ilkley

A successful day. Thanks to all who took part. For more pictures and information have a look at the Ilkley Balsam Bashers facebook page

02/10/2015

River report - Trout catches and fly patterns

New member Eddie Wilkinson has been enjoying some good catches. Click here for details and fly patterns. Check the Gallery for larger pictures.

19/9/2015

Tench Catches from Members Pond

Four Tench of 3lb 11oz, 2lbs, 1lb 4oz and 1lb plus one Roach have been caught by David Martin from the Members Pond. The fish were caught on floatfished double red maggot. This is a promising sign, following improvement to the water quality and much work by vounteers helping to clear swims of water lilies.

7/3/2015

News of access to additional waters

Agreements in place with Bingley AC and Knaresbrough Picatorials via shared ticket / exchange schemes. See articles for more information.

30/1/2015

Amazing grayling catches in winter matches

288 Grayling caught during 6 winter matches with 3 matches still to be fished.

25/1/2015

Grayling Sport Just Keeps on Getting Better

In Sunday morning's Ilkley AA match the top four anglers landed 58 Grayling with fish to 1lb 8oz. Winner was club Bailiff Dave Armstrong with 26 Grayling for a total weight of 9lb 9oz. Note that keepnets are only allowed on the river in organised club matches.

20/1/2015

Superb Grayling Sport at Ilkely

The river at Ilkley has been fishing very well for Grayling this last few weeks - better than for many years. Many anglers are catching 10-20 Grayling in a day with individual fishing having been landed up to 2lbs. On Sunday 18th January in cold snowy conditions Martin and Jim from Knaresborough caught over 40 Grayling. Martin reported 'Thanks for pointing us in the right direction today, we enjoyed fishing your stretch of river. In total I had 16 grayling and 12 trout. Jim had even more, probably 35 fish, mostly grayling. He did particularly well at Crumwheel where he must have had close to 20 grayling. I had my best sport on the filter beds length. I saved my best fish till the last cast of the day when I had the 1lb 6oz grayling in the picture on a worm from the steps by the Riverside Hotel. We didn’t fish all that hard and we packed up for a pint at 3:30 so no doubt we could have caught even more. The stretch is obviously full of fish.

11/1/2015

Fish Stocking on Member's Pond

A new lease of life is in store for the Member's Pond as our new fish stocks arrived on Monday 15th December.

Environment Agency officer David Morley was ably assisted club member Gary and President Steve Fairbourn when he delivered 250 bream and 100 tench. Unloading went well and the fish swam off happily to explore their new domain

 

 

12/11/2014

Ilkley AA November 2014 Newsletter Published

November 2014 newsletter.pdf

22/11/2014

Review of Ilkley AA River Wharfe from a recent new member

'I live 30 miles north of London and, having recently semi-retired, I was looking for some water to refine my fly fishing skills for both trout and grayling. I have always loved the look of the river Wharfe and last November I spent a day with Ilkley AA Secretary Dave Martin to learn about the river. I had such an enjoyable day that this year I joined the club. I now go up and spend a couple of nights at a hotel, fishing the first afternoon, all the next day, then the morning of the third day. The river is a mixture of shallow rapids and calmer flows, deeper fast water and slower deep pools, so there is plenty of scope for all kinds of fly fishing. There is a good hatch of flies so dry fly fishing is always productive, even into November, and plenty of opportunities for using nymphs and spiders. Later in the year trotting with an avon float with a small worm was also highly productive. Most fish I have caught are between 6-10 inches, though I have caught a number of both trout and grayling up to 14 inches. On light tackle they provide good sport and all the fish are in beautiful condition. For £11 a day it is excellent value for money, though club membership gives you much more flexibility if you plan to go there a few times.'

22/11/2014

Top fishing on the Wharfe at Ilkley

The fishing at Ilkley throughout November has been excellent. Our club balifff Dave Armstrong reports that both fly fishers and bait fishes have been having consistently good catches. Up to 15 grayling a session have been landed by both club members and day ticket fishers with fish of up to 2lbs landed. Large numbers of out-of-season wild brown trout have also been caught, including some big fish. A combination of mild weather and ideal river levels have led to this high quality of sport. There are still flies on the water and rising fish. So make the most of it and get out there fishing before the weather turns cold. But even in cold conditions maggot and worm will catch lots of grayling by trotting or swim-feeder tactics.

8/9/2014

Coarse fish continue to show on the Wharfe

Roach and Eels are being caught on the Wharfe from Beanlands via trotting and block feeder techniques.

13/08/2014

Coarse fishing improving at Roadside Lagoon

Reports are coming through from Verne Manville and Eric Roberts of Pike catches in the Roadside Lagoon - see the Gallery for pictures.

David Martin reports Roach and Perch up to 4oz and suspicions of Carp or Tench feeding further down. The fishing is likely to improve if more anglers are able fish the water.

30/07/2014

Discoloration of River Wharfe

Some members have noticed and reported discoloration of the river over the last couple of weeks. The Environment Agency have said that it is due to a land slip at Kettlewell resulting from a heavy storm. The agency has tested oxygen levels and say there is nothing to be concerned about. Steve Fairbourn has also completed some invertebrate river samples and reports that everything is as normal.

27/07/2014

News of Roach catches on the river

Member Edd Connolly has reported catching two Roach off Beanlands island. The Club would be interested to know of any other catches. The photo supplied is of the smaller fish. The fish were taken on different dates.

27/04/2014

Successful day on the river for Mike and Robert on the river

Member Mike Shaw and his son Robert fished at Ilkley yesterday and had a great day. Mike is an experienced river fly fisher but Robert had never fished rivers. David Martin was on hand to help him with some fly fishing techniques. Pictures in the Gallery

16/03/2014

Brian Featherstone Memorial Cup

Congratulations to

Trevor Smith - Champion

David Armstrong - Runner Up

Full Results

5/03/2014

Great day on the river for junior member Charlie

Junior member Charlie Sykes had an excellent day Grayling fishing on the Ilkley AA stretch on Monday 3rd March. With bait and fishing tips provided by club Secretary Dave Martin.

• A beautifully sunny still spring day. River fairly high and fast flowing, but not at all muddy.

• Float fished and quiver-tip swimfeedered red maggots.

• Caught best Grayling (2lb’ish) on float and best Trout (3lb’ish) on swimfeeder.

• Rod in at 10.15am, a few moves of location, rod out at 16.20pm.

• Total catch 6 Grayling + 16 Trout, including a number of Grayling and Trout over 1lb and a number of other fish lost. All in very good condition.

• A memorable day for Charlie, his mum Helen and club Secretary Dave.

• It just goes to show what an excellent stock of wild Grayling and Trout there is on the Ilkley stretch.

Pictures in the Gallery

10/12/2013

December Working Party Report

Working parties prior to Christmas concentrated on the Members' Pond, where the water lilies have become something of an infestation. The recommended way of removing them with a minimal use of weedkiller is to uproot the tubers from which the visible plants sprout. This is an arduous and time-consuming task without heavy machinery but contractors using amphibious equipment to root out the plants have quoted a minimum daily rate of £1000, which is unaffordable. So teams of doughty members and volunteers have been doing it the hard way, one swim at a time. Although this is a laborious means of eradication, it is also less traumatic to fish and not harmful to the ecology of the pond. Pictures in the Gallery

 

9/12/2013

Working Party Dates

 

Vital work to maintain the angling environment on our stretch of the river and still waters

 

December 2013

Monday 30th - Member's Pond

 

January 2014

Saturday 18th - Member's Pond

 

February 2014

Saturday 1st - Member's Pond

Saturday 15th - River

 

March 2014

Saturday 1st - River

Sunday 16th - River

Saturday 29th - Roadside Lagoon

 

April 2014

Saturday 12th - Roadside Lagoon

Saturday 26th - Roadside Lagoon

 

Note that if the river is in spate then the working party venue will switch to the ponds.

9/12/2013

Ilkley AA Autumn 2013 Newsletter published

Ilkley AA Autumn 2013.pdf

30/11/2013

Free coaching for new senior and junior members

David Martin is kindly offering free coaching to junior members and prospective senior members. Click here for some pictures of junior member Brodie.

Also please see the link to a recent edition of the Hardy Greys e-magazine regarding the importance of introducing young anglers to the sport.

9/11/2013

Invasive Plant Tracking / Reporting App

Invasive non-native plant species are a threat to native wildlife in the UK. Help to track then down by report via the website or mobile phone app.

http://planttracker.naturelocator.org/

21/10/2013

Water condition improving at Members Pond

Water conditions at the Members pond are frequently monitored and seems to be improving. This is reflected by a good sized chub caught by Steve Fairbourn late on Friday afternoon - 18th October.

24/06/2013

Ilkley Angling Association offers free angling tuition to Ilkley Grammar School students and parents

Pictures of Tom and Charlie's tuition with David Martin can be found in the Gallery. Thanks to Tim Squires for the photos. Click here for further information of fishing tuition.

09/06/2013

Working Parties dates on Ilkley waters

The following dates have been agreed for work at the Ilkley ponds. This is very important work from both a conservation and angling viewpoint. Please come and help if you can spare the time. Friends and family welcome. Meet at 10:00 with a view to working until 13:00 or later.

22 June - pond, balsam and weed clearing

6 July - pond, balsam and weed clearing

20 July - river, balsam bashing (meet suspension bridge)

04/06/2013

5lb trout caught...

by member Colin Molyneux on a de-barbed Orange &

Partridge near the Riverside pub in Ilkley. Colin estimated it at 26 inches and around 5lb in weight. It was returned safely to the river. See Gallery for picture and further details

24/02/2013

Improvements to Roadside Lagoon

The recent working party has made significant improvements to make better access to the swims and to make the swims wider and more easily fishable.

10/2/2013

Grayling 2lb 0oz caught during winter match 13/1/2013

4/05/2012

Angling Club President keeps an eye on the health of the River Wharfe (Article)

9/04/2012

River Report Ilkley, from Rich Tong 9th April 2012 (Report)

22/03/2012

War on Balsam Days Sat 26th May and Sat 30th June, Suspension Bridge 10:00 (War on Balsam)

19/03/2012

Riverfly Partnership Sping Newsletter (Spring RP News)

13/02/2012

March Newsletter published(March2012.pdf)

13/02/2012

Flies and Fly Fishing on the Wharfe at Ilkley

An article by Richard Tong Click here

05/02/2012

River Wharfe Riverfly Courses 2012

Places available on the full AMI course on the Saturday 28thApril 2012. Click here for details

13/12/2011

Ilkley Sewage Treatment Upgrade

5 months work from 14th November so should be complete by mid-April Yorkshire Water Press Release

22/11/2011

New Pictures of latest catches and emerging Grannom Gallery

22/11/2011

Links added to Environmental Agency River Wharfe water levels and site for reporting sightings of fish taking birds - see Links

16/11/2011

1st 2011 Winter Match Result - see matches

 

Working Parties at the Ilkley Pond 2011 - 12

The following dates have been agreed for work at the Ilkley ponds. Please come and help if you can spare the time. Meet at 10:00 with a view to working until 13:00 or later.

 

2011

10th December

14th January

18th February

Sat 10 December

Tuesday 27 December

 

2012

Sat 14 January

Saturday 18 February

Saturday 10 March

Saturday 24 March

Saturday 14 April

Saturday 28 April

David Hobbins 4lb Trout

Members Pond Tench of 3lb 4oz, 2lb 3oz and 1lb 10oz

Pete Connor and Chris Sykes'

Grayling both fish around 1lb 8oz

David Martin Grayling approx 1lb 12oz

The Members' Pond Lily Pull

Courtesy of Eddie Wilkinson

Members' Pond Tench September 2015

Dave Armstron winning catch 25/1/15

Fish Stocking - Member's Pond

Eel (Eric Roberts)

Roadside Lagoon Pike (Eric Roberts)

Edd Connolly Roach from River Wharfe

Operation Water Lily