Angling: Hydro’s the ‘weir’ to go for anglers and the fish

After spending a few evenings reading the very basics of low-head hydro power, I thought it best to leave the kilowatt questions to the experts and spend my time at the opening of Barn Energies Kirkthorpe Hydropower Plant on the River Calder looking at things from an angler’s, or at least a fish’s eye, point of view.

Cleveland Angling Centre's Richard Bezemer showing two of his 10-bream catch that was the best of a good festival week.

Angling: Fluctuating river levels no obstacle at Festival

The big three-day Yorkshire Ouse Festival, cancelled in November due to flooding, eventually took place last week with a sell-out entry of 63 anglers lining the banks of Hunters Lodge and Linton-on-Ouse.

Leeds & District's Dave Bonsels says goodbye to a few of his baby barbel before releasing them to the River Nidd.

Angling: Districts seem made from the same stock

Officials of two of the country’s largest angling associations look to be thinking along the same lines regarding stocking policies of local river and lake fisheries under their care.

Leeds' Steve Maltas with a Royal Armouries Aire rainbow trout of 4-05.

Angling: Trout tick all the right boxes over the winter

Before the age-old changes in closed-season river regulations, clubs often stocked rainbow trout to stillwaters as a way of giving members a way of wetting a line but without breaking any laws.

Andy Sullivan showing what's on offer at Poole in Wharfedale.

Angling: Dry winter results in best hauls in a decade

After winters of complaining about flooded rivers, frozen lakes and whole match calendars cancelled, I laughed the other night when one of Leeds’ oldest river-match stars told me the rivers were too low and clear and we needed some rain badly!

Paul Hardy with his stunning catch of tidal Ouse bream at Nayburn Lock.

Angling: Tied winter league title decided on countback

It took a countback of match-win results to decide who would become this season’s Yorkshire Winter League Champions.

Clevelands' Graeme Barker with the best of the days 'lobby' perch from the Lower Swale.

Angling: It’s a perfect time to get out on the riverbank

With little rain and warmer than normal temperatures all our local rivers are showing what they are capable of with settled levels and steady flows.

Hundreds of baby chub have been released by the Environment Agency into the River Ure, a scheme funded totally through rod licence sales.

Rod licence changes on right lines for anglers

Proposals put forward last year were confirmed recently as the Environment Agency made its changes to the annual rod licence official.

Leeds and Districts new vice president Dave Rushton with new president Paul Roberts get in on the grayling action at Linton on Wharfe.

Angling: New faces take over at Leeds and District

Members were taken by surprise recently as Leeds & District’s president of 12 years Stan Jefferys announced he would be standing down with immediate effect.

Duncan Mellors

Angling: Mellors sets new record for double-figure barbel

I received a surprise call the other night, and I have to say what a breath of fresh air listening to one highly regarded specialist angler compliment and applaud the achievements of another.

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Darren Starkey with the first of the group's six personal bests from the River Ebro, weighing in at 141lb.

Angling: Leeds lads like cats that got the cream

The river’s too high or water’s too low are excuses all Yorkshire anglers use at some time for indifferent catches through the season on our area’s flood-affected river system.

Catches like Ian Bowman's season's best from the Lower Aire, are being matched by pleasure angler.

Angling: Bennett’s on song for opening league win

The season’s first river Winter League got under way last week with Yorkshire’s own division using the local River Calder around Altofts for its first round of six.

Fishing rights available for ‘tranquil’ reservoir

Fishing rights available for ‘tranquil’ reservoir

A reservoir near Bingley that is home to rainbow trout is being offered up for lease by fishing clubs.

Tidal regular Geoff Bass with one of the more manageable Ulleskelf barbel.

Angling: Eastern Europeans dominate at World Championships

Newly stocked fish, sizzling temperatures and tight pegging made this year’s World Angling Championships, held on Bulgaria’s Plovdiv Rowing course, one of the hardest to predict in recent times.

Uncle and nephew duo Alan Shepherd and Raymond Emmett from Harrogate enjoy plenty of bites at the stunning Lindley Wood.

Angling: Germany prove they are world beaters again

Earlier this season Germany stunned International match fishing by pushing the all-conquering England team into second place of the world feeder championships held on Serbia’s Novisad Canal.

Yarnbury AC's junior prize winners.

Angling: Leeds’ rivals close in on club’s national record

Barnsley AA are getting closer to re-writing angling’s history books, and are now only one step away from equalling Leeds & District’s proud national record of eight wins in the country’s most famous team event.

Third refusal for Leeds angling academy

Third refusal for Leeds angling academy

Ambitious plans to create a fishing academy in Leeds have been blown out of the water for a third time.

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Six-year-old Charlie Wood has become the newest member of Swarcliffe's 'barbel catchers' club'.

Angling: Hygiene is the key to keeping koi virus free

As stillwater temperatures reach and remain over 20 degrees, the devastating notafiable Koi Herpes Virus (KHV) has again been confirmed at several fisheries around Yorkshire.

Beneath British Waters dive boss Mark Barrow is taking some of the guesswork away for anglers with his underwater filming.

Angling: Guesswork cut out by underwater film crew

Fisheries management of natural waters has always been a case of large amounts of luck and guesswork of what controlling clubs and individual anglers think is happening beneath the surface.

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Angling: Teamwork tackling fight for the ‘forgotten waters’

It doesn’t seem that long ago that every Working Men’s Club had its own fishing section and Sunday coach trips to out-of-the-way river venues were the highlight of a workman’s week.

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