Thirteen top reasons to join Ilkley Angling Association:

  • Excellent wild Brown Trout and Grayling fishing on the River Wharfe
  • Very good and varied fly fishing and bait fishing water.
  • Stillwater coarse fishing for Roach, Perch, Bream, Tench, Rudd and Pike.
  • Free access to the River Aire, Leeds & Liverpool Canal and stillwater fisheries of the Skipton Angling Association
  • Free access to the River Nidd waters of the Knaresborough Piscatorials.
  • Free access to the River Wharfe waters of the Wetherby Angling Club.
  • Very good fishing available in all twelve months of the year.
  • ‘Try & buy’ - Get your money back on your day ticket fee.
  • Guests tickets available (£3 for the river, free on the stillwaters).
  • No entry fee (it was £50 until 2014) and no waiting list.
  • Juniors under 12 fish for free with an adult member.
  • Easy access to all waters from adjacent free parking or train stations.
  • Very friendly and helpful members.

Membership Application

Membership Annual Subscriptions are detailed below.

The Membership Year runs from the 15th March but new members may be allowed to join 'mid year' by agreement.


Membership Fee



Senior Citizens






Members with 15 years membership at 65 pay half senior rate

To enquire about membership via e-mail prior to sending payment please complete  the on-line Membership Enquiry Form and a member of the association will get back to you.

To apply for membership with payment, please complete one of the forms below, print and send with payment and SAE to the address on the form.

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Fishing Rules

Fishing Rules.pdf

Comments from a 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.'

(Brown Trout 1lb 9oz Richard Tong Size 16 Elk Hair)

Ilkley Angling Association