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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.  


There is a selection of flies 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.

View the collection available for sale here.

Detailed local strategy and tactics information is available to members via the members login area.

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Invasive Species

Content from Canal and River Trust

Signal Crayfish

An underwater photo of a signal crayfish

Found throughout England, these 15cm-long beasts are aggressive, breed faster than the native species, and damage banks with their burrowing.

In high densities, signal crayfish burrow into banks, causing extensive damage, while eating most of the plants and small animals within the watercourse.

Their population has been thriving since they were brought to England as a fashionable seafood. This was unfortunate for our more docile white-clawed crayfish native to Britain.

Our native crayfish have been depleting in numbers over the last 30 years as a result, and are now a protected species.

The American signal also carries a fungal disease called ‘crayfish plague', which is harmful to our native species, and can be spread by wet footwear and equipment.]



Deer Ticks

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There are approximately 20 species of tick that are endemic in the United Kingdom (UK). Of these, the sheep, castor bean or deer tick (Ixodes ricinus) most commonly bites humans and this toolkit focuses on this species.

Ticks can carry a range of microorganisms some of which may cause disease in humans. The most common of these causes the bacterial infection Lyme disease (LD). Tick borne encephalitis (TBE) is a viral infection which can also spread via the bite of infected ticks. There have only been a handful of confirmed cases of TBE in the UK. There are a number of other tick-borne infections such as Louping Ill, Anaplasmosis and Babesiosis, but these are also rare. LD remains the most significant tick- borne infection in England and Wales in terms of severity and incidence, with the incidence of LD increasing over the past decade.

Source: Be Tick-Aware Toolkit (


Himalayan Balsam

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Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) has rapidly become one of the UK’s most invasive weed species, colonising river banks, waste ground and damp woodlands. It successfully competes with native plant species for space, light, nutrients and pollinators, and excludes other plant species, thereby reducing native biodiversity.



Unwelcome visitors

The official guidance on poaching is as follows:

It is an offence to take or destroy, or attempt to do so, any fish in water which is private property or in which there is a private right of fishery. This includes all forms of fish, whether game or coarse, and is covered by Schedule 1 of  the Theft Act 1968. The Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales are the governing bodies responsible for regulating and enforcing fisheries legislation in England and Wales respectively. Environment Agency fisheries enforcement officers – water bailiffs – have the same powers, liabilities and responsibilities as a police constable when enforcing fisheries legislation. Any suspected illegal fishing activity should be reported directly to the Environment Agency on their emergency line 0800 807060. Trained staff will then be able to pass on your information to officers on duty in the relevant area. Where the fishing rights are owned or leased by a club or individual Schedule 1 of the Theft Act 1968 will also apply.

In practice it is important to avoid confrontation. Keep your distance from anyone who you suspect of poaching especially if you are on your own. If you can, take some photographs or videos of the suspected poachers from a distance and take a photograph of their cars and number plates. Then call the number above and they will guide you through the reporting process.

You should also report the incident to the secretary and riverkeeper including all photos and videos.

Please remember that your safety is the main priority. Anyone who is poaching may react in a manner which could put you in harm’s way.

Essential Guide to Elementary Freshwater Fishery Law

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