We had a look at the river Calder a few weeks before in Wakefield near Chantry Bridge, the weir pool and the run off looked inviting, the access didn’t, we fished at a good sized peg lower down one evening but only had knocks from small fish so a day was planned to have a proper go at the river Calder have a Calder-day
We fished downstream in the deeper water for a few hours and with only a small perch to show we decided to tool up and don our waders and try and get up to the weir pool near the Hepworth Museum, with Russ going first as he had chest waders and I only possessed thigh waders , we edged our way but I was soon out of my depth so plan B came into operation
The weather was good so we were dry and had a minimum of tackle. We crossed the road [which was some feat in itself] and jumped over the bridge wall and fought our way to the river we did this but it was very steep and the bushes took some getting through so plan B wasn’t a good idea but it got us there, we decided plan C was the better option for getting out after fishing; jump the wall into the museum grounds and walk out .!
We tried various methods in the weir pool from fishing with a ledger bouncing it off the wall to float fishing and freelined pellet and worm it made a nice change to fish a runoff from a weir and try these great methods of fishing and an afternoon passed with some nice fish and lots of laughs,
We chatted to a few local anglers and they were all saying that the barbel were not as abundant but there were roach chub grayling perch trout dace ,I’m sure there are barbel there or lower down the river Calder but getting them out is another thing entirely , we did have chub perch and trout so we were happy with the day,s fishing so as the afternoon started to turn into early evening we jumped over the museum wall and drove home talking about a future visit to this interesting river.
The river is very fishable and a Calder day is well worth a go if you fancy it, it is largely untapped with huge sections of it that never see a rod, so if you fancy being an intrepid angler and go exploring then the Calder is for you, the fish are there. There are also clubs with good sections of the river on their books.