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

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River Calder industrial length

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River Calder industrial length 53.698282, -1.771374 This Bradford water is shared with Brighouse angling club. access is in the Industrial estate off Armitage road the river can be easily reached off one of the many roads in the estate. Grayling Brown Trout Cub Perch Roach Pike. This length is match fished at timesBrighouse England, United Kingdom (Directions)

 

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

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River Calder Wakefield

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River Calder Wakefield 53.663612, -1.508818 River Calder WakefieldThe River Calder is a vastly improved river in West Yorkshire. Wakefield hold several lengths including this mile-long stretch from the A636 Denby Dale Road to the weir at Calder Grove.With 3 access points and depths from 1.5 to 4 meters deep there is fishing to suit everyone, roach bream chub barbel dace carp Ide trout, From http://www.riverangler.co.uk/wakefield    more informationWakefield England, United Kingdom (Directions)

 

 

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river calderThe 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 .!

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River Calder wakefield chantry bridge

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River Calder wakefield chantry bridge 53.675549, -1.487103 The Calder here is free fishing park near the bridge [the weir is above the main road bridge], walk over it to the wooded area there is access to a few swims Barbel Chub Roach and the usual species.                            Wakefield England, United Kingdom (Directions)

 

 

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.

 

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River Calder Birkwood Farm

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River Calder Birkwood Farm 53.712660, -1.463928 River Calder west Yorkshire , This stretch of the Calder is a gem with parking available right near your swim low-cost day tickets pay at the farm, the website says pay via the honesty box . with Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Chub, Gudgeon, Roach, Rudd, Barbel. see   http://www.riverangler.co.uk/birkwood  Altofts England, United Kingdom (Directions)

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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.

 

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