COOLING temperatures have heralded the beginning of changing activity as pike anglers turn to the river, still waters and key stretches of the canal in pursuit of prime specimens which patrol our waters in the Keighley area.

There have been reports of pike seen beneath floating leaves along the canal.

Grayling occupy clean stretches of our river Aire in increasing numbers with red maggot proving an effective bait for coarse anglers. But fly angling is also becoming popular with grayling being tempted to the bank by red and pink nymphs.

Keighley Angling Club maintains some of the finest waters in the area which are home to many diverse species including roach, chub, trout, grayling, pike and barbel.

Next year, the club will celebrate its 150th anniversary and is marking the occasion by offering immediate membership to the end of 2017 for anyone wishing to become a new member in 2018. Anyone interested should contact club secretary Dennis Freeman on 07980-338225.

This year’s AGM will be held at The Octagon Club in Sandbeds, Keighley on Tuesday, November 21 at 7:30pm. Members are welcome to attend.