The River Wharfe starts its life near Langstrothdale near Beckermonds where Oughtershaw Beck and Green Field Beck meet it ends 60 miles away at the Village of Cawood near Selby. The river in part forms the border of North and West Yorkshire and is arguably the most picturesque river in the County.
The river River Wharfe flows through the valley which bears the same name’ Wharfedale ‘ passing through the Yorkshire Dales National Park and some idyllic towns and villages such as Kettlewell Grassington Bolton Abbey Addingham Burley in Wharfedale Otley Wetherby and Tadcaster, the river is tidal from Ulleskelf and the lower river has a very different character from the rest of the river but it still retains its angling quality .
On the reaches near Bolton Abbey, there is the notorious ‘strid’ a series of waterfalls where the river narrows up considerably and it looks all too easy to make the jump across to the other side but many have died doing so, the river undercuts both banks and has channels with fast underwater currents.Please under no circumstances try and jump across the river here even if it looks perfectly easy, the underwater currents and the undercut banks make this area very very dangerous.
At Buckden there is a beautiful stretch of the river near to the source this is controlled by Bradford City angling association there are no day tickets but with yearbooks at £38 it must be a bargain considering the rest of the water that Bradford have. Bradford City
Kilnsey angling club have the river Wharfe at Kilnsey near Conistone with day tickets around £ 35 Kilnsey is one of the oldest clubs in the country for more details please Phone 01756 752301 (Tennant Arms)
Appletreewick Barden and Burnsall angling club have around 7 miles of fishing above Bolton Abbey Tickets from the red lion Burnsall 01756 720204 (Red Lion)
There are about 5 miles of double bank fishing at Bolton Abbey’ see the link for full details it’s over £30 for Trout and about £20 for Grayling but there is something to do for all the family in this beautiful Yorkshire Dales location look under The Estate menu for the fishing link. Bolton Abbey.
Also at Pool in Wharfedale Leeds and District Amalgamated Society of Anglers has about 4 miles of fishing from the river Washburn to the viaduct day tickets from the Garage or yearbook Leeds
Coarse fish inhabit the water around Ilkley so as well as trout and grayling you have the pleasure of seeing chub in your nets but possibly pool is the area that you have a chance of a barbel, well so I am told by a few locals so who am I to disagree, West Riding Anglers have approximatley 9 miles of fishing that is split on both banks from Ilkley to Weatherby West Riding Anglers are an old club and any angler wanting to join must be prepared to get their hands dirty as members must be willing to get involved in bankside work, If the membership is full all aplicants will be placed on a waiting list. See their website for full details. West Riding
Further downstream at Linton Collingham and Wetherby the fishing is run by different clubs day tickets are available from the post office and the garage at Collingham. Wetherby and District Angling Club day tickets in advance from the newsagents in Collingham also Wetherby sports association next to the swimming pool, Rodgers tackle shop at Seacroft York Road, JBK’s Convenience store Boston Spa, J & M Wines Beancroft Road Castleford, see their website for further information Wetherby
Downstream from Wetherby at Boston Spa Bingley Anglers have a very good stretch of water with some big barbel present Bingley have about a mile of fishing right bank opposite Wray wood that used to be Bradford No1 water until the area was developed from a farm to a private luxury house with all the fringe benefits including a bridge over the river and the barring of anglers.Bingley hold the right bank take a look at the website there is some good fishing to be had.
Bradford no1 also have water at Boston Spa, Some big barbel are present here and all the way down to Newton Kyme along with big Chub also roach and dace. The top length the spa bath length is shallower and noted for its early season big barbel the river at Newton Kyme is packed with features and deserves some exploring and the patient angler can expect big chub and barbel, in my opinion, it is the best part of this fantastic river ,Day tickets can be bought from the paper shop next to cost cutters in Boston Spa.
The River Wharfe at Tadcaster has some good chub and big barbel fishing, day tickets are available from the “Chocolate Box” news agency and the sweet shop at 28 Kirkgate Tadcaster, please note that the fishing between the Bridge and the weir is limited to members only.From below Tadcaster water at Grimston Park and Ulleskelf is Leeds DASA have most of the water, with matches fished a lot at the weekends Pegs 1 to 25 are left free for the use of pleasure anglers on Saturdays, the railway field pegs 76 to 100 strictly members only, Tickets from the Ulleskelf Arms