Venues

Click on one of the venues below to discover further information and photographs. Remember that up to date information on how each water is fishing and what's being caught can be found by visiting the 'Skipton Angling' Facebook group page.


Embsay reservoir

Situated right on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Embsay reservoir is a premier trout water with crystal clear water water, unbeatable panoramic views and more importantly, a good stock of quality fish stocked with some'rare' game species. Well worth investigating.


Whinny Gill reservoir

Converted into a course venue in 2019 "The Gill" is great place to while away the hours. Nestled under the moor side on the South East side of Skipton, its hard to believe this tranquil reservoir is only a mile or so from the town centre. Sit and listen to the cry of cock pheasants, curlews and peregrines whilst you wait to hook in to that monster fish.


Leeds Liverpool Canal

From The top lock at Bank Newton (41) to Belmont Bridge (178) including the basin in the town centre and full length of the springs branch, the canal offers some fantastic mixed bags of roach, perch, bream, gudgeon, ruffe, and of course pike even the occasional brown trout.


River Aire

There's never a dull moment on the river you can be battling with huge pike, hooked in to that personal best grayling or simply hooked in to that overhanging willow, again. (Note to self, learn how to cast properly). The Aire is a tranquil retreat to loose yourself to the joys of angling.


River Wharfe (Ilkey shared Water)

Run by IAA but shared with SAA, this stretch of the Wharfe offers a mixture of pools, glides and riffles over approximately 1 ½ miles of double bank fishing. Access is excellent, with paths running along both banks, plenty of parking, 3 bridges, and a set of stepping stones at the downstream limit. Wading is relatively easy over fine gravel and sand, becoming more challenging where the bed consists of cobbles and larger boulders. An 8-10 foot 3-4 weight rod is ideal and fish respond well to nymphs, dry flies, streamers, or sparse spiders fished in the locally developed North Country style.



Ponds at Ben Rhyding (Ilkey shared Water)

Run by IAA, the ponds are gravel pits dug around 50-60 years ago, situated adjacent to the A65 about half a mile east of Ben Rhydding. There is easy parking immediately past the car wash. Going through the gate the Roadside Lagoon is 100m directly to the right and the Members Lagoon is 100m to the left. The ML is a particularly pleasant scenic and peaceful place to fish. Species include bream, tench, perch, roach, rudd, pike plus a few crucian carp and small chub.