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Keighley area is Mecca for trout fishing
Forget salmon fishing in the Yemen, many anglers are turning their attention to trout fishing in Keighley following reports of large numbers of fish being caught within casting distance of the town.
Sections of the River Aire run by Keighley Angling Club are proving to be an unexpected hit after members and guests reported unprecedented numbers of brown and rainbow trout.
One recent haul included a 4lb 14oz brownie netted in a smooth-flowing stretch of water.
It is thought increased fish numbers are due to improvements in the water quality and an abundance of natural food.
Coarse anglers are also enjoying a bounty of barbel and chub.
An impressive 5lb bream was caught last week by a delighted club member.
Club secretary Dennis Freeman said: “The water quality in the Aire is superb.
“We’ve received reports about trout and other fish in our waters, and recent catches confirm they are there in significant numbers.
“We have also seen a large mayfly hatch on the river, indicating how healthy that environment is and, of course, the flies attract predatory fish – especially trout.”
Following a number of enquiries from game fishermen, Keighley Angling Club are offering membership to those interested in fly fishing local stretches.
Freeman added: “We have received calls from people keen to experience fly fishing around Keighley.
“We have even been told that sections of our waters are better than expensive game rivers elsewhere.
“Some anglers travel many miles and pay hundreds of pounds to fish for trout on exclusive waters, but with such productive stretches around Keighley, there is no longer a need to travel vast distances when the fish are right here on our doorstep.”
Anyone interested in applying for Keighley Angling Club membership should call into either of Keighley’s tackle shops or contact Dennis on 07980-338225.