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River Aire

Coarse Fisheries

Open 16th June until 14th March following year.

Closed 15th March until 15th June.

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Roberts Park, Saltaire - Left Bank (BD17 5HU)
This short stretch on the River Aire is in grounds of Roberts Park at the bottom of Saltaire Village (left bank). It runs along the cricket pavillion in the park grounds. This section of river is slow and is also much deeper on the far bank. It is possible to wade of for better float presentation (ideal for stick float). It hold more coarse fish than the upper sections of river with roach now being common, but it still holds high number of chub, grayling, brown trout and pike. Parking is on Coach Road outside the park. Entry is made through park gates. No parking on river Bank.


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The 3 waters we have around Beal are on the lower Aire below Castleford and the Ferry Bridge Power Station. This part of the river is wide (40 metres) generally very deep (6-7 metres) and slow moving. Access s pretty good during the drier months with access roads running up to and along side the flood banks. The river is contained within flood banks to protect the surrounding areas. It is noted for big bream catches during the summer and also the wide variety of fish it contains. The most common species are roach, perch and bream which can be caught on a variety of methods including, float, feeder and pole.

Kellingley Crook, Birkin, Nr. Knottingley - Left Bank (WF11 9LZ)
Take the old& A1 north from the M62, J33 for 1.7 miles to the Sherburn/Byram turn off (A162). Proceed across the mini roundabout towards Birkin for 1.8 miles passing Smeathalls Farm on your right. Take the next turn on your right 1/2 mile further down the road. This track lead to a pumping station and parking. The fishery extends 1,670 yards up stream of the pumping stating.

Old Hee, Beal, Nr. Knottingley - Left Bank (DN14 0SL)
This fishery extends for approx. 1 mile downstream starting half a mile below the weir at Beal. Access is via the lane on the right 300 yards after the river bridge from Beal towards Birkin. The fishery starts where the lane meets the river Bank. There is parking at the top and middle of the length. Access by foot over stiles.

Wood Holmes, Beal, Nr. Knottingley - Right Bank (DN14 0ST)
The fishery extends for 1 mile approx. up stream of cattle grid above Beal. Entry is from the west side of the village between the farms. Car parking all along the length against the flood Banks.


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River Aire

Trout & Mixed Fisheries

Open 25th March until 14th March following year.

Closed 15th March until 24th March.

The period between 15th March and 15th June, only fly, minnow, worm or artificial lure can be used. All other baits are barred, including maggots. No keep nets to be used.

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Bradley Fishery, Nr. Skipton - Left Bank (BD20 9DW)
This fishery is a bit off the beaten track and best approached travelling light. Parking is in the carpark over the canal bridge in Bradley village. From here there is a good walk back to the main road (A629) and crossing over and proceeding down the cart track. At the bottom of the lane take the left had side of the field down to the waters edge (left bank). This is the top limit and the fishing is down the next field (250 yards). This is the upper Aire with flat fields surrounding and rolling hills in the distance. There is some tree cover and the banks are overgrown due to little use. The river is slightly narrower around 15 meters, but there is greater variety in the depths with some pools up to 10 feet deep. The main species are grayling, brown trout, chub and pike.

No parking down lane or in fields.


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Sandbeds is made up of 2 lengths. The lower length (1 - left bank) is accessed through the car park of the Airedale Heifer pub on the Bradford road between Keighley and Crossflats. Do not park in the car park - patrons only. This part of the river is secluded and the banks are overgrown with many trees on both banks. There are many glides and shallows and other fish holding areas.
The upper length (2 - left bank) is accessed down a footpath between the bungalows of 252 and 254 Bradford road further up towards Keighley. Work your way to the bottom and over the stiles to get to the river. This length starts with a sweeping bend from the shallows and runs in to a large pool which has old trees piling up near the exit in to a fast run covered with willows. Waders are a good idea so you can get to the best positions to fish the features. Main species are grayling, brown trout, chub and pike.

Sandbeds 1, Riddlesden - Left Bank (BD20 5LN)
No.1 Length. This fishery is the field behind the Airedale heifer Hotel and the immediate large field upstream.

Sandbeds 2, Riddlesden - Left Bank (BD20 5LN)
No.2 Length. This fishery is a continuation of No.1 Length upstream to Beck End.


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Theses fisheries are on the upper Aire where it crosses under the A59 duel carriageway near Skipton. All three lengths are adjacent to each other and cover both banks. It is very rural with rolling hills in the distance and flat fields in the valley bottom which run up the the waters edge. The river here is generally 20 metres wide and has a good mixture of glides, rapids and pools. There is only a small amount of tree cover and main quarry are grayling, brown trout, chub and pike.

Broughton 1, Nr. Skipton - Right Bank (BD23 3AB) No.1 Length. This fishery extends from the railway bridge downstream to the limit board.

Broughton 2, Nr. Skipton - Left Bank (BD23 3AB)
No.2 Length. This fishery extends from 175 yards below Broughton Beck End downstream to the limit board.
Watcher: Mr M. James

Carleton, Nr. Skipton - Left Bank (BD23 3TN)
This fishery starts in the field opposite the Broughton No.2 Length and extends 500 yards downstream.


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We have 3 lengths in this part of the Aire valley above Keighley.

The first length you pass when travelling from Keighley towards the Steeton on the bypass is the Utley length (right bank). It is just after the bridge across the bypass. You can either park in the lay-by on the opposite the length and and cross the road to it, or you can travel up to the roundabout and come back down the other side and park in the bypass which is a little up stream. This is safer and you can climb down the banking and travel along the edge of the fields to where the river comes close to the road. From here the length us two field up stream. The river is narrow with a steady flow. Almost all of the opposite bank is covered with willows. Main species are grayling, brown trout, chub and pike.

Our other 2 lengths are best approached from a layby next to Steeton Bridge, just off the roundabout.
Upstream length (right bank) - From the lay-by pass over the stile and walk upstream past the first field. Our length is the next field upstream. This field is full of trees which grow right up to the edge of the river providing lots of cover for the fish. Main species are grayling, brown trout, chub and pike.
Downstream length (left bank) - cross over Steeton bridge twards Silsden and then cross over the road. Take the footpath throught the gap in the wall and follow it away from the river. You will cross over Silsden beck and the follow that down stream to where it joins the river. Our length is the next 2 field downstream. This length has more shallows, glides and pools. Depths vary from 1 foot down to 6 feet. Main species are grayling, brown trout, chub and pike.

Steeton Bridge 1 - Right Bank (BD20 0EH)
No.1 Length. This fishery is upstream of the bridge.
It starts at the beginning of the second field and extends upstream for about 220 yards.

Steeton Bridge 2 - Left Bank (BD20 0EH)
No.2 Length. This fishery is downstream of bridge.
Follow footpath and miss one field.
This fishery starts below Silsden Beck End and extends downstream for approx. 1/2 mile.

Utley, Nr. Keighley - Right Bank (BD21 4DZ)
This fishery extends upstream from the Keighley Golf Club bridge for approx. 800 yards.


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