The next club match is at Coppice pond on Sunday, July 21, draw 7am on the bank. To book, call Adi on 07783 332705. Coppice will be closed to pleasure anglers until after the match.

There have been reports of illegal fishing and fires at Wray Wood, members are requested to report any unusual activity to club officials (numbers in yearbook) and to display the parking permit supplied with your yearbook.

The canal continues to fish well early morning or late evening being the best times and large shoals of fish can be seen on the surface during the day.

The Aire Rivers Trust have several volunteer days through July, ranging from river bank clean up, Himalayan balsam clearing to helping at Bingley show, for further details call Nick Milsom on 07378 878857.


The club will hold a general meeting on Tuesday, July 16 in the New Inn, East Bierley, 8pm start. a lot to discus so come early.

We have six members fishing the Shetland Islands on July 20, for three days. So hopefully I will have a report from them day by day.

We also have six members going to fish at Culdaff, County Donegal on August 7. Quite a nostalgic trip as it will be 25 years we have fished at Culdaff. Brian is going to try and do some filming of the trip. So we will see how it turns out and we will let you know when it goes onto YouTube.

One of our members, Paul Lonsdale, had a holiday to the Mauritius a few weeks ago and had a great day's fishing, catching 300lb of dorado biggest one going 30lb.


Result of the Centenary Trophy members match on the River Nidd at Cowthorpe: 1 Keith Mitchell 20lb 11oz; 2 Ian Bradley 12lbs 3oz; 3 Phil Naylor 10lbs 15oz; 4 Ian Newby 9lbs 12oz; 5 Aidy Lewis 9lbs 9oz.

The second round of the Calder League will take place this Sunday, drawing at the Railway Inn in Brighouse at 9am.

The River Aire at Beal will be closed this Saturday for an outside booking.

The next junior member's match will take place at Raskelf Lake on Saturday, July 20, drawing at 12.30pm. Whether they've fished before or not, bring your kids/grandkids along for a great afternoon's fishing with plenty of prizes to be won. Please book a place with Simon on 01274 571175.


IT is almost a month after the close season ended and a large number of anglers, possibly encouraged by the fine weather, have returned to the river bank.

Despite fish remaining slightly docile in the warm water during daytime, Keighley Angling Club obtained reports of bountiful morning and evening catches at several points along the River Aire, especially at Kildwick and Utley, where the pegs have been cut and tidied up.

Chub and trout have been tempted to the bank by mixed maggot fished with feeder and float techniques.

Worm anglers have also fared well using waggler and stick float methods.

The club awaits the first open-season catch of an elusive barbel - a species known to inhabit local waters.

Stillwaters remain challenging but anglers with the right combination of dedication, skill or sheer good luck can count on some extremely large carp, tench and pike which patrol the waters of Whitfield Loch above Steeton and at Robert’s Pond, Utley.

Keighley club was pleased to note reports of two fly anglers who were spotted on the Aire between Silsden and Kildwick, one of whom landed a small brown trout tempted by an olive nymph retrieved slowly through the water.

Although it is not yet known whether they had much success overall, the club is keen to encourage more people to come and try their hand at fly fishing on Keighley waters where trout are plentiful.

Anyone wishing to report a notable catch should contact Simon Wilkinson whose number is in the club members’ book.


Whinnygill Reservoir is in top form at the moment with big carp beginning to turn up around the water.

The best fish caught to date has been a common carp estimated to weigh between 3.6kg and 4.5kg, while the same angler also caught a good mirror carp of approximately 2.7kg.

Other anglers have hooked big carp but have been unable to bring them to the net.

Perch are also turning up in ever increasing numbers although most of the fish tend to be on the small side.

Other species that provide some good sport are quality ide, roach and skimmers that can be tempted on all the popular baits.

In the last Sunset Series match on Whinnygill, Russell Heaton appears to be striking top form and won the match with 1.8kg of mixed fish.

Ernest Ramsbotham was second with 685g and Malcolm Mawson third with 265g.

After three matches and with a further three remaining to be fished, the leading anglers for the Sunset Trophy are: 1 Russell Heaton 6 points; 2 Simon Chenier 9; 3 John Leatt 10; 4 Malcolm Mawson 11; 5 Ernest Ramsbotham 14 and 6 Michael Ickringill 16.

The Broughton Road length of the canal could have been better for the first of the four matches to decide the PR Hart Memorial Trophy.

Russell Heaton was again in good form and won the match with 560g. Simon Chenier was reasonably close behind with 435g, while Graeme Waterfall was third with 300g and Malcolm Mawson fourth with 105g.

Tonight will see another fly match at Embsay Reservoir with the draw being at 6.30pm. The last match saw a 100 per cent increase in entries although only four trout were landed, one each for four competitors.

The recent spell of warm and dry weather has seen the river Aire drop back down to summer level and weed growth has accelerated on most lengths.

Fly fishermen have enjoyed the best sport with trout but grayling still appear to be thin on the ground. Perhaps the forecast of some rain will improve sport for both the fly and bait angler.