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Fishing In West Yorkshire

Anglers who like the idea of casting a line in some of England's most sumptuous, expansive and verdant countryside should try fishing in West Yorkshire. There's something for everyone there.

You could make a start at the superb Swillington Park Fishing Centre just outside Leeds. Dating back to the eighteenth century, these five gleaming lakes cater for all abilities. Lake One The 'Angler's Delight', is the perfect pleasure fishing lake, positively bursting with carp and ideal for beginners and those who like a day of sedate fishing. Lake Two is the traditional coarse fishing lake, tailored to the angler who seeks quality native bream and tench weighing up to ten pounds. Lake Three is the 'Coarse and More' water, swirling with bream, match carp, roach, rudd, tench and perch. The Big Carp Lake is the fourth water, home to 100 heavyweight carp, some exceeding twenty pounds in weight. The latest addition to the complex is the New Match Catch, shimmering with match size carp, barbel, ide and orf.

By fishing in West Yorkshire, you may also happen upon the small and friendly Ide and Thackeray Angling Association, a non-profit-making fishing club based in Bradford. Affiliated to the Aireborough and District Angling Association, this little club can offer fishing on the Rivers Aire, Swale and the Leeds and Liverpool Canals.

On a grander scale, fishing in West Yorkshire also offers you the impressive Leeds and District Amalgamated Society of Anglers, one of the largest angling associations in the UK with over 2500 members and 200 affiliated clubs. The society owns 18 venues and has recently acquired three new river stretches, a 25 peg length of the River Aire fishery at Beal offering excellent bream and roach fishing, a length of the lower Nidd at Moor Monkton and one of the Swales best barbel and chub venues at Helpberry. You'll find some of the best coarse fishing venues in Yorkshire under the auspices of the Leeds and District society.

If a little trout fishing pushes your buttons (or tugs at your tackle), why not take a trip to Wakefield and cast a line on the splendid Walton Hall Fishery; this is a rather grand expanse of water(25 acres in size) on the grounds of Walton Hall, and hosts a generous head of browns and rainbows. Whilst you can find some places where it's possible to fish from the bank, most people hire a boat and get out on the water. An even bigger expanse of water, though, can be found at Yorkshire Water's Washburn Valley Reservoirs in Swinsty, near Fewston, two colossal lakes, each a little over 150 acres in area, and both leaping with rainbow trout weighing up to ten pounds. Only fly fishing with barbless hooks is permitted.

Studded with lakes, ponds and traversed with gin clear rivers, West Yorkshire is a gorgeous county to haul your tackle around. With venues too numerous to do justice to here, you're guaranteed to leave the place a very happy and contented angler.




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