River Wharfe - Hubberholme

Brief description of fishery:
Fishing on both banks around the village of Hubberholme on the upper reaches of the Wharfe.
On the 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.
On the 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.
Special Rules for this fishery:
1. Fishing from 25th March to 30th September only (the trout fishing season).
2. Fishing is Catch and Release, using fly only.
3. Barbless or debarbed hooks only.
4. No keepnets.
5. Only one rod may be used.
6. No vehicles to be taken into fields.
7. No day tickets.
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 pictures). 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 slight brown tinge, which is 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 colouring has cleared. Traditional flies are suggested, with dries, north country spider patterns and nymphs highly recommended.

Location:

Online Google Maps link:  BCAA Hubberholme fishery

Nearest postcode:
BD23 5JE (Hubberholme village)

Parking:
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:
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

Maps

Water levels:
Level gauge at Kettlewell

 

Species:

  • Brown Trout