GENERAL SECERETARY - To
whom all correspondence should be sent:
Mr TERRY HOOSON
”Croft Bank” Rochdale Road, Willowfield, HalifaxHX2 7NL.
Home: 01422 344223 Mobile:
07050 288 003
Chairman Peter Kemp
Hemmingway Ticket sec John
sec Bob Woodhead
Junior Rep John Hoyle
Fish Legal. Doug
manager Tim Plews
John Hoyle Paul Manchip
Andy Smith Chris Eastwood Phillipa
Steve Warriner Jeff Hayes
Darren Kershaw Neil Brierley Dave Pilgrim
(Spokesman / Press)
The History of the Club
Around the late 1920s a few local
mill workers got together to fish a few matches on the local canal. This was the start of the Sowerby Bridge Angling Club,
later to become Ryburn A.S.
The club grew with new members joining all the time and started to gather a portfolio
of waters that they could rent from mill owners, land owners and the local councils. The club was having regular meetings
and a heated debate during one of these meetings in the 30’s saw a breakaway of the committee. Some of the men decided
to split ownership of the clubs waters between them and the birth of the Hebden Bridge club was formed.
The Ryburn club was given all the
still water dams and the river whilst Hebden took control of the Rochdale Canal. Dean Clough Carpet Mills in Halifax took
control of the Calder and Hebble navigation and ran it until the mill closed in the late 1980s when Ryburn took over control
of it. The dead arm of the canal at Salterhebble was taken over by the club in 2009 from Nestle, the former Macintoshes Sweet
Factory’s sports club.
In the late 1990s Halifax A.C. decided to merge with the Ryburn club, thus giving the club its present name. The
Halifax club is still a strong name in the angling world match fishing and the Matrix sponsored team remains a force within
the division one championships.
Captain Tim Worsnop is the man to contact if you think you are good enough to take on
the rest of the top flight in match angling.You can contact Tim through the club.
Our water runs from the bridge opposite the Navigation public house near the marina entrance at Sowerby
Bridge, and runs the full length of Wakefield road through Copley to the dead arm and lock pools at Salterhebble nr. West
Vale Halifax. There are plenty of entrances to the tow path, good parking and easy access for disabled
and wheelchair anglers.
Below the lock pools then belongs to
Brighouse Angling Club on the Stainland Road area.
Some 500 yards down the road
is the rugby club stretch of the river. Entrance is through the clubs gate by means of a key code, given to you on request
when you purchase your book or ticket. You may park in the clubs car park as we have an agreement with them that allows us
to use it. Up stream now is the Salterhebble stretch. This continues up over the weir and runs behind the
new sewerage works at Copley. The church at Copley is next and a road through the village gives easy access to one of the
nicest tree-lined parts of the Calder. Trout measuring up to 6lbs and Grayling up to 3lbs make the Calder at present time
one of the best in England.
From the church upwards to Standard Wire mills (now demolished) is the most popular area on the river. The big weir
gives fast water below and deep, slow water above (big pike weighing in at 18 lbs live here!). This area is now in the midst
of a new development & will be difficult to access for a few years along with 'Mile Run' and above the Stern mills
You can wade the river up to the next weir at Mearclough (mile run) as known locally just outside the town of Sowerby
Bridge is now free fishing and is part of the canoe slalom course which begins behind the cricket club and Pulmans steel stockholders.
This is the area for some chub and the odd barbel as well. Dixon Wood is the next stop and is more open around this area,
taking you into Luddenden Foot, the weir and Tenterfields Industrial Park length ending at Brearley, the top end of our waters
on the Calder.
Travelling up into Hebden Bridge, take a right hand fork to Hardcastle Craggs and our beautiful stretch of the river
Hebden is a true brown trout and grayling fishery. You also have the smallest Working Men’s Club in England at the side
of it with picnic tables and true Yorkshire ale on tap (PARADISE!).
Our waters are stocked on a yearly rotation. The stocks
are now re-seeding themselves and a present we have a very healthy river.
But the river can also be very vulnerable to pollution; a total wipe out 20 years ago caused by aqua-spersion
in Hebden brought it to its knees with a bang with all fish killed for 10 miles into Brighouse. The E.A. restocked but the
river took approximately 5 years to recover. In the last two years we have been very lucky. Pollution at Copley sewage works
killed hundreds of fish down stream but our high stock helped to right the balance within 12 months. A mine water leak at
Todmorden turned the river bright orange for two days, and a 2000 gallon diesel spillage, again in Todmorden, put a slick
on the river, running all the way down to Elland Bridge. A heavy rainfall on both occasions helped to flush the pollution
out quickly with very few levels of dead fish.
Its correct name is Fickle
Street dam, an old mill dam that can accommodate 20 pegs. It was purchased from the then owners British Rail who used it as
a feed for the steam locomotives on the way into Lancashire up the gradient, so as to allow water to be taken on the tenders
without the need for stopping. The club bought the dam outright in the late 1970s. Up until the new European laws were put
in place regarding angling near electric cables, the dam was a haven for the roach anglers. However a risk assessment by YEDL
in 2005 forced “No Fishing” signs to be placed round the dam and a closure notice fit to the site entrance. In
2009 the club won a legal battle with the power company who were told by the Secretary Of State to remove all but one of the
cables that over-sail the dam. At present our insurers are happy to allow angling on the site with ROD and LINE only until
an agreed solution is found. The dam contains all coarse fish and some big Ide. There are no pike or trout in the dam. On
some mornings the local deer herd can put in a visit and you may have to blink at the size of them. “Harriet the Heron”
also visits twice a day for you “Twitchers”!
The club runs matches from around March through til October
on alternate Sunday mornings .The draw is 8am and run until 12am and costs £6 to enter; there is usually a turnout of
around 20 anglers. Juniors and ladies and any disabled anglers are more than welcome as we try to make it a friendly day out
for all (including the cyclists and dog walkers). There is a match list enclosed with your year book purchase
that lists all the lengths of the canal and match dates.
During the summer months the club along with Hebden Bridge run a joint league series of matches on the Calder and
Hebble and Rochdale canals on alternate Thursday evenings, draw is at 6.15pm and run till 9 pm. The entrance
fee is £7 per match. There are 10 dates and you may miss a maximum of 3 dates as you need 7 dates to count
toward your league placing. All monies are paid back to the anglers and the top 12 go through to a final.
So if you fancy it pop along.
You only need to be a member of either club to take part. Books will be checked so make sure you hold one.
SWAMP RESERVOIR IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
THREE SETS OF
HIGH VOLTAGE CABLES OVERSAIL THE DAM, ALONG WITH A SET OF STREET LIGHTING CABLES THAT RUN DOWN THE SIDE ROAD, HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED
IN A RISK ASSESMENT AS A POTENTIAL LETHAL THREAT TO ANGLERS.
THE CLUB AND IT'S INSURERS REQUEST THE FOLLOWING
RULES WILL APPLY TO THE FISHERY AT ALL TIMES:
- ALL ANGLERS MUST FISH WITH ROD AND REEL ONLY.
- THE MAXIMUM ROD LENGTH MUST NOT EXCEED 13FT OR 3.9M LONG. ALL POLES ARE BANNED.
- NO BRAIDED LINES TO BE USED; MONOFILAMENT
- ACCESS THROUGH THE GATE ONLY. TO BE CLOSED AT ALL TIMES.
- NO SWIMMING IN THE DAM
ARE NECESSARY FOR THE SAFETY OF ANGLERS, AND ANYONE FOUND IN BREACH OF THEM WILL CEASE TO BE A MEMBER.
FOR THE LOCK GATE WILL BE CHANGED ANNUALLY AND WILL BE PRINTED ON THE MATCH LIST. THIS CODE IS ALSO AVAILABLE FROM THE SECRETARY
ALONG WITH YOUR MEMBERSHIP DETAILS.
An E.A. Licence is also required to fish all of our waters, details on this can be found here.Year Book Pricing
Adult Year Book: £25
Concessions Year Book (Age 65+ and
Disabled members): £12.50
Junior Year Book (Age 18 and below): £5Day Tickets
Day Ticket: £5
Concessions Day Ticket (Age 65+ and Disabled members): £3
Junior Day Ticket (Age 18 and
Cormorants can be a nuisance to the match waters and deplete stocks rapidly. Any
sightings of cormorants should be logged at the following website as soon as possible: www.cormorantwatch.org