Following the storms over the weekend, water levels are likely to take some time to return to normal and banks are likely to be treacherous.

At Knotford, the river joined the lake but the fence held firm to avoid any fish loss, although it will likely take a few weeks for the lake to return within its banks. The Charity Open match at Cowthorpe had to be cancelled.

Due to the riparian owner selling the land, we will no longer hold the fishing rights on the River Swale at Topcliffe from March 1, 2020.

Any information as to fishing rights which are available would be gratefully received and followed up by the committee. Please contact any member of the committee (details in the yearbook) or email:

Annual night permits have now sold out for 2020, with details on how to join the waiting list for next year on page 21 of the yearbook.

Club membership is still available from the usual outlets.


With the River Aire still high and a warning of high winds and more rain this weekend, Sunday's match has been cancelled and will be fished later in the year.

Anyone who does venture out, please take care on the banks and keep safe.


THE weather last weekend played havoc with anglers' plans, but spare a thought for those whose homes were affected.

The match held at Kippax Park on Saturday was won by A. Gallant with a fine haul of 75lb 5oz. J. Redmond came second with 30lb 9oz and A. Broomhead rounded off the top three with 16lb 14oz.

In the Wednesday match at Moor Monkton pools, the winner was M. Gallagher with 62lb 12oz. G. Wright came just behind in second with 58lb 14oz and C. Watson finished third with 51lb 13oz.

Finally, there was little to separate the top three in the result of the Sunday match. B. Paton won it with 61lb 3oz, B. Fisk finished second with 59lb 9oz and O. Hewitt was in third place with 58lb 0oz.


The draw for Sunday's members match on the canal is at 10am at the Rodley Nature Reserve.

Anyone wishing to purchase a membership book is requested to be there early.