Last week’s River Aire competition, organised by our club, produced a string of fine performances as anglers tested their skills in low water levels.

Steve North weighed in with 12 chub, two trout and a perch to win the evening match. Although the winning margin was only 1lb, it was enough to earn him top spot and the £25 first prize. Robin Pickles and Mick Metcalfe tied for second place. The Aire continues to fish well, with reports of large numbers of brown trout and grayling being caught on mixed maggot. The club are encouraged by barbel beginning to show in the river, indicating the success of a targeted restocking programme conducted jointly with the Environment Agency over recent years. Canal fishing is also proving popular. One club member netted a 7lb bream near Silsden. Roach and skimmers have also been taken in good numbers by anglers using poles baited with maggot. A five-hour open match will take place on Sunday at Silsden. Competitors are asked to meet at Silsden Bridge at 8.45am. Call match secretary Darren Watson on 07795-243332 for details.


Mirfield’s Paul Clark won the first round of this year’s Calder League with 36lb 6oz of chub on stick float and maggot. Andy Bradley (Gomersal) caught 24lb 14oz of chub and grayling from Cornmill for second, followed by Ultimate Barnsley’s Keith Hobson (21lb 15oz) at Lillands, Gomersal’s Dave Taylor (20lb 4oz) and Ian Fieldhouse (20lb 3oz). Ultimate Barnsley were the winning team on the day. The next round is on Sunday, July 21. Gratrix Dam is fishing well for quality chub and ide on maggot. The River Calder at Lillands and Gravel Pits is worth a visit for chub, grayling and trout. Chellow Dene is fishing well for chub, bream and roach on waggler and bread or maggot. Raskelf will be closed on Saturday for the second junior match of the year. It will also be closed on Sunday for a veterans’ match. Maunby on the River Swale will be closed on Sunday for a members’ match.


Our next trip is to Rhyl on Wednesday, July 17. This is a rearranged trip which should have taken place the previous Saturday. Anglers who are going on this trip, which is now full, should try to attend the next general meeting for travel arrangements and a weather report. It will be on Tuesday, July 16 at the New Inn, East Bierley, starting at 8pm. New members will be made most welcome. There are still one or two places left on our week’s fishing holiday to Culdaff in Ireland. Anyone who would like to go should call Roger on 07773-139460 to book.


All nets should be thoroughly dry after each angling session to eliminate the possibility of spreading any fish disease. For Sunday’s match at Pilley’s, the gate will be open at 8.30am for the draw at 8.45am. Work to improve the bankside at this water is ongoing thanks to a small number of members.


We will have a small stand at Bingley show on Saturday, July 20 and members will be on hand to answer any questions about the club. The Wharfe is fishing well for barbel and chub. Coppice is also giving good nets of tench.


There is an open match on the River Swale at Swainby on Sunday. For bookings call 01274-615016. Result of the last Swainby match: 1 M Prudhoe 11lb 3oz, 2 G Huscroft 4lb 10z, 3 C Hardaker 3lb 15oz.

Catch details for week ending June 30 – Day ticket: Fewston 33, Swinsty 10, Thruscross (catch & return) 1. Total fish caught: Fewston 162, Swinsty 62, Thruscross 3. Average per rod: Fewston 4.9, Swinsty 6.2, Thruscross 3. The heaviest fish caught was a 5lb 4oz rainbow trout by Brian Elliot using black pennel. Fewston: Introduced cold water pushed fish into deeper water, but still feeding on nymph. Swinsty: 6lb chub caught on spinner as well as perch and trout. Thruscross: brown trout feeding through the day moving into shallow water.