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River Calder

Coarse Fisheries

Open 16th June until 14th March following year.

Closed 15th March until 15th June.

All Juniors must be accompanied by a Senior Member on all Calder fisheries.

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Cooper Bridge, Nr. Mirfield - Left Bank (WF14 0BS)

This length runs from the canal exit below Coper Bridge (looking down stream), down to the stream which enters the river behind John Cottons (600 yards). Entry can be made from either end on the footpath which runs along the bank. Top entry is via the little lane next to the canal. This is accessed by the gap next to the canal bridge over the A62 at Cooper Bridge. There is parking on the bank here for 3 cars . Bottom length access is from a small parking area between John Cottons and the Sports Club car parks. A footpath leads up the river bank to the stream, the start of the length. This stretch is wide, deep with steady water. Coarse fish are now the dominant species include roach, bream, perch, chub, gudgeon, dace and pike and only few grayling or brown trout.


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River Calder

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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Elland - Left Bank (HX5 9HZ)

Our upper most length on the Calder is above Elland Bridge. It is the right bank (looking up stream from the bridge). Entry is up the road between the mills on the upstream side of the bridge. At the end of the road pass through a gate and turn left up towards the river bank (park considerately - do not block access). From this point your can access down stream to the bridge or upstream to the railway bridge limit - a total of 1500 yards. The river here is made up of fast shallow water running through glides and rapids until it reaches the mills where it becomes deeper and steadier water. The opposite bank on lower half of the length is steep and high, but lowers down the further up the valley. It probably best to travel light as you can then rove and fish more areas of the water. The main species are brown trout, grayling with small numbers of chub and pike.

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Low Fields - Left Bank (HD6 2SP)

This length is rarely used due to difficult access, but almost certainly hold good stocks of brown trout and grayling. The length starts above the Gravel Pits weir (right bank looking ups stream) for approximately 1900 yards. Most of the lower length is steady water with tree cover on the near side. The upper part has a few shallower runs with faster water. The are two points of access and both are started from the carpark next to the canal below Cromwell House off the A6025 Brighouse to Elland Road. One entry is to cross the canal bridge from the carpark and follow the river up stream keeping to the right side of the river. The path is very overgrown but eventually reaches the weir and the beginning of the length. The second route is to cut down to the canal and walk up the tow path for about 600 yards, then cut through to your left to the river bank. This point is just above the halfway point of the length. The main species are brown trout, grayling with small numbers of chub and pike.

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Gravel Pits - Left & Right Bank (HD6 2SP)

The Gravel Pits is always a very popular with anglers and has much to offer. It covers both banks of the river from the weir down stream. The right bank (looking down stream from the weir) is from the weir all the way to the old abandoned flood lock next to the railway embankment (1000 yards). We also have the left bank down from the weir all the way to the flood lock next to Brookfoot lake (1850 yards). Access is from the carpark next to the canal at Cromwell House and there are two bridges in which to cross the river to the far bank, one upstream and one a couple of hundred yards down stream. The top part of the length starts with the weir and passes through fast water passing under the footbridge and into deeper steadier run. The water shallows up round the corner just before the second footbridge again running into deeper steadier water. The steep uneven banks produce quite a few deep eddies down towards the railway embankment. The river turns towards Brighouse and straightens out into a steady shallow run for about 750 yards to the Old Brookfoot Canal Flood Lock. Access can be made to the bottom of the length via the road next to the Avocet Warehouse (old Kossets Carpets). The main species are grayling, brown trout, chub and the odd pike. Barbel have been stocked into the length in the 1990's and also in recent years, but they only show up very rarely. It is thought that the original stocking of barbel in the 1990's are the fish which are now caught all down the Calder to Wakefield.

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Lilland’s Farm - Right Bank (HD6 3BR)

This length of the Calder is the right bank looking downstream and best approached up Lillands Lane which is off the roundabout at the bottom of Rastrick, near Brighouse. Parking on the road opposite the entry to Lillands Farm you cross the road and head down towards the farm. The lane crosses a railway bridge and then turns right. Immediately take a sign-posted path through a gate on the left (close all gates) and down a steep bank into the fields. From here you can track left upstream, straight ahead to the weir or round to the right to the lower length. The popular parts of the length are from above the weir all the way down to the bottom of the length. The main species above the weir are brown trout, grayling and chub, but below the weir the are more coarse species to be caught including roach and dace. A hundred yards above the weir is deeper steadier water with good tree cover on the near side. Below the weir is a faster water which runs down to a sharp bend. After the bend is deeper steadier water which runs for a few hundred yards then the river shallows ups by a couple feet. This is still steady water which runs down to the the the end of the length above Brighouse.

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Wharfe Street - Left Bank (HD6 1PP)

This length starts just below the broken weir, below Brighouse and runs for 150 yards down towards the canal basin exit (left bank looking down stream). There is only room for about 6 anglers on this short length. Approach the length from Wharfe Street which is next to Sainsbury's and cross over the 'hump-back' canal bridge. Walk straight ahead to the river which is only 50 yards away. The first 4 pegs down from the weir are fast water which runs into the last 2 pegs where the water deepens off. This is the start of the Calder where coarse fish start to out number the game fish. Species include brown trout, grayling, roach, perch, chub, pike and the odd small barbel.

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Industrial Length - Left Bank (HD6 1PZ)

As the name suggests this length runs through the industrial estate between Brighouse and the M62. It starts 100 yards below the canal basin exit (left hand bank looking down stream) and continues for 900 yards down towards the right hand bend in the river. Most of this length is shared with Brighouse Angling Association. Access is pretty good with several roads leading up to the flood bank of the river off the main Armytage Road through the industrial estate. It is uniform and straight with and average of 6-7 feet in depth. The top of the length has mill cover on the far bank and tree cover on the near bank. Main species are grayling, chub, perch, roach, pike and brown trout.

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River Street - Right Bank (HD6 1NL)

This length starts just above and opposite where the Industrial length finishes and is 600 yards in length. It is best approached from the A641 Brighouse to Huddersfield Road and turning into Birds Royd Lane. After about 400 yards turn left in to either Calder Street or Mission Street. At the bottom of the roads turn right in to River Street and follow it along to where it meets some terraced houses on the right. Parking is on the opposite side of the road, before the houses. Walk straight ahead to the river bank. From here you can walk up stream to the limit or down stream to the weir and the entry to Kirklees Canal (Anchor Pit Lock). This length of the river is a large s-bend which is deep and steady water with plenty of tree cover on the far bank. Main species are perch, roach, chub, grayling, pike and brown trout.

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Car Auctions & Bream Fields - Left Bank (HD6 4HA)

This length starts opposite the bottom of the River Street length and continues down the left bank (looking down stream from the weir to the Corn Mill, a length of 1150 yards. Access is from the lay-bys on the A644 Wakefield Road just down from the Junction 25 roundabout of the M62 towards Huddersfield. From here you can cross over the wooded field straight up to the bank. From here you can walk upstream to the top of the length, which is worth it as there are many features around and above the motorway viaduct. The top of the length starts above the broken weir with steady water, which runs through the weir and into a wide section with a fast run down the middle of the river. The water deepens off and travels under the motorway and continues steadily to shallows near the entry point. The river again deepens off and runs around to the right to the top of the Corn Mill weir. Main species are perch, chub, grayling, pike, roach, bream and brown trout.

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Corn Mill - Left Bank (HD6 4HA)

The Corn Mill is the continuation of the Bream Fields length and runs down the same side of the river for 500 yards. This is a popular length with allocated parking spaces in the main Corn Mill carpark and quick access to the banks. The length starts off with a weir pool which runs off down the near side through the next 2 pegs. Then the river deepens and runs straight down to the bottom of the length behind the motel. Main species are chub, perch, grayling, pike, roach and the odd small barbel.

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Bradley Hall Farm - Right Bank

This considerable length runs down the right bank (looking down stream) from Anchor Pit Lock (bottom of River Street) all the way down to Cooper Bridge with a length of 2900 yards. Entry for the top of the length is the same as for River street by parking before the terraced houses and walking down to Anchor Pit Lock. Members are allowed to cross the bridge over the lock to access the riverbank. The length starts below the broken weir opposite the car auctions. There is a fast run down the centre of the river which runs into deeper water and under the motorway bridge. From this point down to the weir at the Corn Mill is rarely fished as access is better for the opposite bank on the Bream Fields. Access to the bottom of the length is from the left hand side from Cooper Bridge on the A62. The river here is deep over 10 feet, but shallows up around the bend - 400 yards up stream. The river continues with a steady depth of around 5 feet all the way up to the railway bridge. Up past the railway bridge the river continues up to the exit of Kirklees Canal with a depth of around 6 feet with the main current across to the far bank. Above the canal exit the waters shallows considerably with the current splitting to each side of the river. Up stream of here is the opposite bank to the Corn Mill length, but with better access the the weir pool. Main species are roach, grayling, perch, chub, dace, pike, bream, gudgeon and brown trout.

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Sewerage Length - Left Bank (WF14 0BU)

The sewerage length is behind the water treatment works (right bank looking upstream from Cooper Bridge) at Cooper Bridge. It runs from just above the railway bridge which crosses the river down to the canal entry just above Cooper Bridge, a total length of 800 yards. Access can be made at the top or bottom of the length. Access for the top is down a side road off the A644 Wakefield Road down towards the railway bridge. The turning is just past Cooper Bridge Car Spares when travelling towards the M62 from Cooper Bridge. Park at the top of the lane and you can walk all the way down the length. Access from the bottom of the length is via the works exit to the water treatment works. From this point a footpath leads upstream. This length is opposite the Bradley Hall Farm Length. The water at the top is steady water of about 5 feet deep until it passes the bend where it drops down to 10 feet or more. Main species are roach, grayling, perch, chub, dace, pike, bream, gudgeon and brown trout.

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