GENERAL SECERETARY - To whom all
correspondence should be sent:
”Croft Bank” Rochdale Road, Willowfield, HalifaxHX2 7NL.
Home: 01422 344223 Mobile:
07050 288 003
Chairman Peter Kemp
Hemmingway Ticket sec John
Match sec Bob
Junior Rep John Hoyle
Fish Legal. Doug
manager Tim Plews
Tim Plews Tony Hales
John Hoyle Paul Manchip
Julian Holmes Phillipa Hake
Steve Warriner Jeff
Hayes Peter Kemp
Darren Kershaw Neil Brierley
Dave Pilgrim (Spokesman / Press)
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 weir.
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!).
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