River Wharfe - Hubberholme

Brief description of fishery:
Fly only for brown trout. As with all BCAA waters, this is strictly a Catch & Release fishery. Only barbless or de-barbed flies may be used. Fishing on both banks around the village of Hubberholme on the upper reaches of the Wharfe.
Right bank (facing downstream) the top limit is at Bouther Gill, where it enters the river. Anglers may then fish downstream for about 930m, as far as the start of the last field before the bridge.
Left bank (facing downstream) the top limit is at the wall below Rais Wood. Anglers may then fish downstream for about 1400m, but may not fish the length bounded by the church graveyard wall.
Open for fishing:
25th March to 30th September.
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.
Other remarks:
This fishery is adjacent to and upstream of BCAA’s Buckden fishery, near to the source of the river as it winds through beautiful Upper Wharfedale. The length is mainly ‘pocket’ water, with a largely pebble bottom with occasional larger boulders (see Gallery). Generally quite shallow, it does have some deeper and longer pools, and is tree-lined at the downstream end of the length. Water levels are subject to rapid rises after rain, and drop quite quickly afterwards. When clear, the water carries a brown tinge from the peat in the upper catchment, typical of the River Wharfe.
Anglers can expect to find fish feeding on a range of invertebrates, including Heptagenids (e.g. March Brown, Brook/Autumn Dun, Olive Uprights), Baetis species (e.g. olives, pale wateries), stoneflies, caddis and some BWOs.
The river fishes best when water levels are above 0.30 on the Kettlewell gauge, once any turbidity has cleared. Traditional flies are suggested, with dries, north country spider patterns and nymphs highly recommended.
Special Rules for this fishery:
1. Fishing from 25th March to 30th September only (the trout fishing season).
2. Fly only


Online Google Maps link:  BCAA Hubberholme fishery

Nearest postcode:
BD23 5JE (Hubberholme village)

Parking in this area is limited and anglers should only park by the side of the road next to the river opposite Church Farm in Hubberholme, where they will not obstruct other road users

Access is through field gates alongside the road to Yockenthwaite, through the railings at the side of the road immediately east of Church Farm, and from the long distance footpath starting between Hubberholme Church and Church Farm


Water levels:
Level gauge at Kettlewell



  • Brown trout