River Aire – Cononley to Kildwick

River Aire – Cononley to Kildwick

Brief description of fishery:
Mixed fishery which extends for about 1800m on the right hand bank only (looking downstream) of the River Aire. Top limit is about 100m downstream of Cononley Bridge. Bottom limit is at the second wall more than 1.5km downstream. As with all BCAA waters, this is strictly a Catch & Release fishery. Only barbless or de-barbed flies may be used.
Open for fishing:
25th March to the following 14th March.
Catch returns:
After fishing please complete on-line Catch Returns for this water, it’s easy and helps with fishery development. Catch return input can also be done via the members section.
Special Rules for this fishery:
Other remarks:
No fishing in the first fields from the notice board from 1st May to 31st July, until the meadow grass is cut.
There is a fence obstructing access about 300 metres from the top end. It is easier to access the lower end from Royd House Farm


Online Google Maps link:  BCAA Cononley-Kildwick fishery

Nearest postcodes:
BD20 8LT (Cononley Lane) (200m east of entry from bridge to upstream limit of the fishery)
BD20 8JS (Crosshills Road)  (adjacent to entry across the railway line to the upstream limit of the fishery)
BD20 8JP (Royd House Farm, Cononley Road) (adjacent to entry via track under railway line to the fishery)

At the upstream end there is limited parking on the road.
There is parking for four cars in the lay-by next to the farm entrance, or else members can drive through the farm entrance towards the railway underpass and park neatly by the track on the left before the underpass. NO VEHICLES ARE TO BE TAKEN THROUGH THE UNDERPASS.

Three points of access:
1. From Cononley Bridge at the upstream end.
2. Via Mr Wade’s farm, Royd House Farm, about 550m down the road from the railway crossing.
3.  The footpath from Crosshills Road, across the railway line, about ½ mile south of Cononley village.


Water levels:
Level gauges at Cononley and  Kildwick



  • Brown trout
  • Chub
  • Grayling
  • Barbel
  • Pike