Useful Info

THE CLUB’S LOCATION:

The Club’s current headquarters is at The Cafe By The Lake located within the Kilnsey Park Estate.

Kilnsey Park, Kilnsey, Skipton BD23 5PS

Members receive every consideration from owners Jimmi and Tracey and the rest of the cafe staff, where excellent food and beverages are available from 09:00 until late afternoon.  

THE FLY COLLECTION AT THE SLATE:

The following collection of flies is available for sale from the Kilnsey Angling Club slate every morning of the trout season. The collection offered is based on their popularity and historical sales, and form a good basis for the contents of any River Wharfe angler’s fly box. Other flies can be tied to order.

All the flies are tied on good quality hooks from either Partridge, Kamasan or Fulling Mill and use only the best natural feathers, furs and synthetic materials available. Most flies are tied on barbed hooks and I would recommend filing the barb down or flattening it with pliers prior to fishing.

Dry Flies

Adams: A great all round dry fly. The inventor tied this fly to represent a sedge. However, although the anatomy of this fly does not really match that of a sedge, it does work well during a sedge hatch. Dependent on hook size, it also makes a good representation of a may fly, march brown, large brook dun, various olives and pale wateries, and hence can be used throughout the brown trout season and well into the grayling season. This version of the fly is tied in parachute style with a white hackle post to aid visibility and yet not stray too far from the original pattern.

Black Gnat: This small black fly will be on the water all year round, but the major appearances will be from late April to July when thousands of black gnats will be on the water keeping the trout preoccupied. September will see their reappearance but not quite in the same numbers. Good artificials are the Griffith’s gnat, foam black gnat and black Klinkhammer. You could also try an iron blue dun! The foam black gnat offered here is tied with closed cell foam to aid buoyancy as well as providing a realistically shaped profile. With the addition of the brightly coloured sight post it makes fishing with a black fly a pleasure.

Black Klinkhammer: This is tied in the style of the original fly designed by Hans Van Klinken. It is a good fly for any time of the season and especially when black fly (hawthorn flies in April and May, and black gnats) are about. Due to high visibility and good buoyancy it is a good dry fly for searching the water when there is no surface activity. As with all Klinkhammer fly types, they are ideal when used in conjunction with a nymph in the klink and dink method. On request a “dink loop” can be incorporated into the fly dressing.

Daddy–Long-Legs: There are many fly patterns designed to imitate the crane fly, but this is one of the best. All the key features are covered: the wings tied spent to make a prominent outline/silhouette; the long thin body made of foam to aid buoyancy; and the long gangly legs. The crane fly peak appearance is usually in September, although in recent

years there have been a number flitting around the banks of the Wharfe in early May. This fly is also worth a try at any time of year; when all else has failed and when fishing for a particularly difficult fish to tempt.

F Fly: A very versatile fly and fantastic representation of various olives. During a large dark olive (LDO) hatch in spring use a size 16 version. Later in the season, to represent pale wateries, a size 18 is more suitable and can be tied with a lighter coloured CDC wing. Anglers are often amazed how lifelike the fly is when sitting on the water. The fish think so too!

Greenwell’s Glory: A very famous dry fly and is a derivative of the winged wet fly. It makes a good representation of all of the olives, from large dark olives, olive uprights, medium olives, pale wateries and even blue winged olives. The one offered in this collection is tied in a parachute style. This fly is one of my early season favourites and accounted for my biggest Wharfe fish that I caught on the second day of the season. I will switch between this fly and an f fly during a hatch of large dark olives. Prior to the afternoon hatch of large dark olives, that occur most days in early season, I will be fishing this fly in conjunction with either a suspended Copper Mary or a Sawyer pheasant tail nymph, New Zealand style.

Grey duster: A good general fly pattern. The size (16) offered here makes a very good impression of any of the flies categorised as pale wateries. This is definitely worth a try from June onwards and in low water conditions.

Griffith’s Gnat: Although the body of peacock herl and the grizzle hackle are not intuitively matched to representing small black midges, it is one of the best flies when fish are feeding on those flies. Low diameter tippets are required to prevent drag. It is a fantastic fly for grayling from September onwards. In the larger sizes (14 and 16) it also works well when fish are feeding on brown/black beetles and black gnats.

Hawthorn Fly: Also known as St Marks fly since hatches often start on 14th April or just prior to the blossoming of the hawthorn tree. It is a terrestrial. Fantastic fishing can be had when these flies are in the air in good numbers and on such days any black fly in size 14 and 12 will catch plenty of fish. The fly offered here is a more lifelike representation.

Iron Blue Dun: During late April and May the river Wharfe can have some good hatches of iron blue duns. To concur with many writings on this fly, it can be difficult to spot a hatch as the flies are small and dark, and are not easily seen on the water. As most hatches occur on dull days this improves their camouflage. The fly offered here incorporates a brightly coloured hackle post into the parachute construction to aid visibility.

Large Dark Olive: One of the first flies the angler will see on the water at the start of the season. They will have been hatching sparsely all through the winter. The peak time for a

hatch will be anytime between Noon and 3pm and may only last 15 minutes early in the season. So be very vigilant and ensure you are ready and in the right place, at the right time. The hatches will last until around the middle of May and again in September. The dun offered in this collection is tied as a parachute version. The MB Jingler, Adam’s, Greenwell’s Glory also make good representations of the adult fly. To represent the nymph use a waterhen bloa, Sawyer’s pheasant tail nymph, Copper Mary and hares ear nymph.

MB (March Brown) Jingler: This is a great fly pattern to use when March browns and brook duns are on the water. Together they are active from the first day of the season (March Browns) until the backend of May (large brook duns). They are both large flies and cause a bit of a stir with the fish when they are on the water. The relatively long fibred brown partridge hackle gives great life to the fly while the shorter, stiffer ginger/brown cock hackle provides good buoyancy. Probably the only better fly to try during these hatches is a deer hair March brown.

Olive Klinkhammer: This fly is tied in the style of the original fly designed by Hans Van Klinken. It is a good early season fly making an excellent impression of a hatching large dark olive. With this fly having good buoyancy and visibility it is the ideal dry fly for searching the water when there is no surface activity. As with all Klinkhammer fly types they are ideal used in conjunction with a nymph in the klink and dink method. On request a “dink loop” can be incorporated into the fly dressing.

Pale Watery: This fly represents all the flies that are nowadays categorized as pale wateries, which include medium olives, spurwings and blue winged olives. The natural adults are light olive in colour and small, and are well represented by this parachute dun tying, especially in the size 18 offered here. There is a good alternative available that uses a golden badger hackle instead of the light olive. The classic representation of the dun is the grey duster. To imitate the nymph try a yellow partridge spider, hares ear nymph, Sawyer’s pheasant tail and grey goose nymphs.

PinkHammer: This is the original fly pattern by Hans Vans Klinken but includes a hackle post of pink to improve visibility. The fly was originally designed to represent a hatching or an egg laying sedge but does a good job at mimicking March browns, brook duns and large dark olives. Due to the high visibility and high buoyancy it is a good dry fly for searching the river when few fish are showing. Obviously, this is the ideal fly for the klink and dink method. On request a “dink loop” can be incorporated into the fly dressing.

RAB: A South African pattern that is used as a general fly on the Wharfe. The long squirrel tail fibres are used to impart life in the artificial and also provide a thistledown-like landing.

Elk Hair Caddis: Obviously, this fly is used to represent a sedge pattern and it does a very good job. Sedges start appearing during the summer months and last until around early

October. However, the coloration of this particular fly can lend itself to representing March browns and large brook duns, so is worth a try even on opening day of the season.

Dry Simon: This fly is a “fancy” variant of the Simple Simon fly. It is good general dry fly that can be used throughout the season. Although the tinsel tail adds a bit of flash that can attract a trout’s attention, this tinsel tail should not be overlooked as a reasonable representation of the shuck of a hatching fly and therefore can be a very imitative addition.

Wet Flies

Black Magic: In terms of spider fly patterns this fly is relatively modern, appearing in books in the 1960’s. It will obviously represent anything small and black such as midges, black gnats and even hawthorn flies. When fishing for particularly difficult fish, that is concentrating on feeding on midges and gnats, it can be used as an effective alternative to a dry fly, especially when fished in the surface film. This is a must to have in your fly box at all times. Ring the changes between this fly and a Stewart’s black spider. It is a good fly to fish for smutting grayling in October and early November.

Copper Mary: A bead headed variation to the Sawyer pheasant tail nymph giving the fly a little more “flash” by incorporating a copper bead, green tinsel and peacock herl at the thorax and head of the fly. The bead also adds weight to the fly enabling it to pierce the surface film and provide good sink rates to get the fly down to the fish. It is the ideal fly for the klink and dink method for early and late season fishing and in higher water throughout the season. It will represent all manner of underwater creatures from olives, march browns, brook duns (heptagenids), sedges and stoneflies.

Hares Ear Nymph: A good general nymph pattern which incorporates a little bit of “flash”, but not too much: just enough to get it noticed. It will represent any of the creatures normally found underwater. This particular tying relies on the heavy weight hook to pierce the surface film and give a reasonable sink rate. This is a good nymph pattern to target rising fish in low water or as a searching pattern presented under a dry fly New Zealand style or klink and dink. It can also be used as a point fly with a couple of spider patterns on the droppers.

Greenwell Spider: This spider fly pattern can represent all manner of natural flies from the upwing fly nymphs of olives (particularly LDO early in the season), March browns and brook duns to sedges. Fish it like any other spider pattern.

Orange Partridge (Partridge and Orange): This is a good general spider pattern that will represent various species of nymphs including the smaller stone flies e.g. needle fly and willow fly. It can also represent the drowned spinner of a blue winged olive. Consequently,

it can be used the whole season through and well into the winter for grayling. Fish this fly either upstream (mid-stream, just below the surface or in the surface film) or across and down.

Waterhen Bloa: One of the most famous wet flies for fishing the Yorkshire Dale’s rivers. This is a reasonable representation of the nymphs of the olive family and iron blue dun, but is a good general pattern to use throughout the season. Surprisingly, this is not one of my favourites and I much prefer the snipe and purple or orange partridge as a general wet fly pattern. Fish it the same way as the orange partridge.

Sawyers Pheasant Tail Nymph: One of the first tyings of an artificial fly to try to emulate the form and shape of a nymph. The underbody of copper wire adds weight to the fly allowing it to pierce the water and sink relatively quickly. A good wet fly for the whole season and is particularly good at representing all the many sizes and shades of the olive family of flies. It can be fished upstream, New Zealand style (suspended from dry fly), klink and dink or across and down. When water levels are low and clear, with slower flows, it is a better bet and is a more subtle approach than fishing a bead head nymph due to its slower sink rate and more subdued colour.

Sawyer’s Grey Goose Nymph: Similar construction to Sawyers pheasant tail nymph and should be fished in a similar way. Being of lighter colour it is a good representation of the flies generally described as pale wateries and consequently is good from June onwards. This is a great nymph to try in low, clear water conditions.

Snipe and Purple: Another famous and deadly spider pattern. This is one of my favourite river wet flies. I’m not really sure what it represents specifically, although it does have the general colouring of the iron blue dun. Being a drab/greyish pattern it can represent many of the nymphs of upwing flies and drowned insects such as spiders, midges and gnats.

Stewart’s Black Spider: This fly can be on your cast all through the season, as there are always black flies around on the water (river or lake). It is particularly good in May and June when black gnats are about. Use it as an alternative to using a small dry fly to a rising fish.

Yellow Partridge (Partridge and Yellow): This spider fly pattern is a good representation of the flies generally described as pale wateries and consequently is good from June onwards. Fish it the same way as the orange partridge.

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KILNSEY ANGLING CLUB – FISHING REGULATIONS:

Revised 2018

1. Fishing Members
Each Fishing Member on payment of the Annual Subscription shall be entitled to:
a) A Fishing Members Ticket permitting them to fish the Club’s waters during the hours of daylight until one hour after sunset;
b) Any Member fishing before 09.00hrs and intending to continue fishing must vacate the beat by 09.00hrs and add their name to the Club’s slate;
c) Six complimentary Trout fishing vouchers for the use of their Guests not necessarily accompanying the Member. The vouchers must be exchanged for a Guest’s Day Ticket by the Club’s Representative, and must be applied for at the Club’s designated meeting venue, between 09.00hrs and 10.00hrs on the day of use only. From time to time it may be necessary to change this venue. Members will be informed via email and notice of a change of the Club’s designated meeting venue for ticket applications will be posted on the Club’s website;
d) The right to purchase additional Guest Day Tickets for fishing, at half the normal price, for use by Guests accompanying the Member on the same beat. These Guest Day Tickets must be obtained, on the day of use, from the Club’s Representative at the Club’s designated meeting venue, between 09.00hrs and 10.00hrs;
e) The right to obtain a free Junior Day ticket which must be noted on the slate. Juniors must be under the age of 18, on the day of fishing, and both accompanied and supervised by a Member;
f) Share their rod with a Junior, under the age of 18, provided the Member accompanies the Junior, only one rod is used and is noted on the slate.

2. Non Fishing Members
Each Non Fishing Member, on payment of the Annual Subscription, shall be entitled to:
a) A Non Fishing Members Ticket, which does not confer any rights to fish the Club’s waters; and
b) Two complimentary trout fishing Vouchers for the use of the Non Fishing Member or their Guests. Each Voucher must be exchanged for a Guest Day Ticket, on the day of use, by contacting the Club’s Representative at the Club’s designated meeting venue between 09.00hrs and 10.00hrs.

3. Guest
The definition of a Guest is:
a) A person who, having produced a Members Complimentary Fishing Voucher, is issued with a Guest Day Ticket obtained from the Club’s representative; or
b) A person who is sharing the Members rod under instruction (only one rod to be in use at a time) and noted on the slate.
c) Members will be responsible for the conduct of a Guest and for their familiarisation with the Club’s Rules and Fishing Regulations including beat limits and Environment Agency Regulations.

4. Visitor
The definition of a Visitor is a person fishing on a Visitor Day Ticket who is not the Guest of a Member.

PLEASE NOTE THAT PAYMENT FOR DAY TICKETS CAN ONLY BE MADE BY CASH OR CHEQUE…

5. Beat Allocation
The Club’s Representative will be at the Club’s designated meeting venue between 09.00hrs and 10.00hrs to book beats and provide Guest or Visitor Day Tickets.
a) Any member unable to attend between 9am and 10am may choose a beat from unallocated beats on the slate displayed at the Club’s designated meeting venue or they may phone the Clubs Representative on 07544 859152 between 09.15hrs and 10.00hrs for a beat allocation. Beats are only allocated on the day and may not be booked in advance;
b) Members and their Guests (but not Visitors) may change beats after 2pm but every effort should be made not to inconvenience or give offence to anyone already in occupation of a beat;
c) Members are encouraged to exchange greetings with people met on the riverside to promote relationships between Members, to establish the credentials of other anglers, and to ensure friendly sharing of the beat; and
d) Visitors will not be allocated beats before 9.30am.

6. Fishing Season
The Trout fishing season will be as laid down by the Environment Agency.

7. Sale of Fish
No Member or their Guest or Visitor Day Ticket holder shall sell, barter or trade any fish taken from the Club’s waters. Live fish are not to be taken away from the Club’s waters.

8. Fishing Methods
a) Members may fish with Artificial fly, creeper or stonefly, at appropriate times, and upstream worm in low clear water after the 1st May on the two rivers above Amerdale Dub (Watersmeet) and on the main river below Amerdale Dub after 20th June;
b) Guests and Visitor Day Ticket holders may fish with Artificial fly only;
c) Save as above at rule 8a and rule 13c below, fishing with any bait, minnow, or spinning is not permitted; and
d) The use of barbless or de-barbed hooks is recommended.

9. Size, Bag Limit and Returns
All Members, Guests and Visitors are requested to ensure that:
a) All Trout less than 10 inches (25 centimetres) in length are returned to the water;
b) A total of, not more than, 3 brace of Trout shall be taken by any Member, Guest, or Visitor on any one day;
c) The 3 brace limit is to include not more than one brace taken above Kettlewell Bridge;
d) All Grayling caught are returned to the river; and
e) The removal of all Rainbow Trout is recommended, but not mandatory, and if killed will not count towards the bag limit.

10. Waders
No Member, Guest or Visitor shall fish in waders that reach higher than the waist.

11. Membership Card
All persons fishing the Club’s waters shall:
a) Show their ticket when requested to do so by any Member or the Club’s Representative; and
b) Be in possession of a valid Environment Agency Rod Licence.

12. Visitors Day Tickets
Visitors should be aware that:
a) Subject to such conditions as the Committee may impose, a limited number of Day Tickets for Visitors may be obtained from the Club’s Representative at the Club’s designated meeting venue, between 9.30hrs and 10.00hrs and allow fishing for Trout between the hours of 09.30hrs and 1 hour after sunset.
b) Day Tickets are available at the discretion of the Club’s Representative having regard to the number of Members fishing.
c) Guest or Visitor Tickets are not available for Grayling Fishing.

13. Grayling Fishing
Members should be aware that:
a) After the end of the Trout season fishing for Grayling is permitted up to 28th February (inclusive);
b) Artificial fly only is permitted during October and November;
c) From 1st December until 28th February, in addition to artificial fly fishing, angling with float and worm (trotting) is permitted; and
d) All Grayling caught must be returned to the river unharmed.

14. Fishing Returns
When requested, all Members, Guests and Visitors will be required to make a return of the total number of fish caught and the total number of fish killed to the Club.

15. Car Parking
15.1. Members, and their Guests only, may park their cars at the upstream corner of the Show Field near to the pedestrian gate, at the top corner of the field above Mile House Dub and at Watersmeet behind the Club’s hut. 
15.2. Unless confirmed otherwise by the Committee car parking at the Club’s hut is limited to no more than 3 vehicles (one vehicle per adjacent beat) being:
a) Byrom/Watersmeet:
b) Watersmeet/Mile House; and
c) Watersmeet/Skirfare Bridge.
15.3. Members may need to share a vehicle.
15.4. Any Member using vehicular access at 15.2 above, undertakes to secure all gates behind them and to only drive on the track. Driving on any part of the field is not permitted.
15.5. Members must not cause any damage to crops, including grass fields, by driving on them.
15.6. When parking on the public highway Members should not obstruct any access rights.
15.7. All parking is undertaken at the vehicle owners risk and the Club will not be responsible for any loss or damage whatsoever.
15.8. The Club has no legal right of access and these parking arrangements are available by kind permission only and, as such, may be withdrawn at any time.

16. Insurance
Members, Guests and Visitors are responsible for ensuring that they have current and appropriate insurance cover for their angling activities on the Club’s waters.

17. Safety
17.1. Members, Visitors and Guests are fully responsible for their own safety when visiting the Club’s waters and should familiarise themselves with the Club’s Health and Safety Guidelines.
17.2. The use of barbeques and open fires is not permitted.

18. General Matters
Where appropriate Members, Guests and Visitors are requested to immediately report to the Secretary:
a) Any damage to gates, stiles and fences etc;
b) Any suspected Poaching; and
c) All suspected pollution events (inform the Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60).

19. Litter
All anglers are responsible for the removal of their refuse and litter from the riverbank and the Club’s fishing hut and for ensuring that all monofilament is properly disposed of away from the Club’s waters.

20. Club Rules and Fishing Regulations
These Fishing Regulations should be read in conjunction with the Club Rules. Members are requested to report any infringement of these Fishing Regulations to the Secretary who may refer the matter to the Committee for action.