Angling in Leeds

Bunkers, shelters and other buildings
pashy2
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Postby pashy2 » Wed 12 Aug, 2009 4:10 am

Were any of you SLers fishermen in the 50s & 60s ?As a nipper I started off at Farnley fish pond and the Delf in Wortley catching sticklebacks and gudgeon progressing to the canal near Amen Corner and Roundhay Park lake getting dace and roach.Later on it was Boston Spa and Wetherby trying to catch a trout without succes. That came later at Lake Semerwater.My favourite spot was the ' Mucky Ole' at Tadcaster where the brewery effluent was discharged straight into the river and attracted a great variety of species.There used to be myths of giant uncatchable pike lurking near the weir at Tadcaster and one in Roundhay Park lake called Big Bertha.Were these ever caught? Are these spots still fished ?CheersAndy
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Postby Loiner in Cyprus » Wed 12 Aug, 2009 9:49 am

pashy2 wrote: Were any of you SLers fishermen in the 50s & 60s ?As a nipper I started off at Farnley fish pond and the Delf in Wortley catching sticklebacks and gudgeon progressing to the canal near Amen Corner and Roundhay Park lake getting dace and roach.Later on it was Boston Spa and Wetherby trying to catch a trout without succes. That came later at Lake Semerwater.My favourite spot was the ' Mucky Ole' at Tadcaster where the brewery effluent was discharged straight into the river and attracted a great variety of species.There used to be myths of giant uncatchable pike lurking near the weir at Tadcaster and one in Roundhay Park lake called Big Bertha.Were these ever caught? Are these spots still fished ?CheersAndy As a youngster I fished a bit in the 50s & 60s. Started off catching Sticklebacks, minnows etc in Meanwood Beck (then we called it 'the Dammy'). I too progressed to Roundhay park Lake and Tadcaster. I vaguely remember fishing regularly near an old sunken wooden barge at Tadcaster. I never caught the mythical 'pike' and never heard of anyone who did.
gbdlufc
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Postby gbdlufc » Thu 13 Aug, 2009 12:09 am

I learnt to fish in Roundhay park with my dad and his mate, I remember it as if it was yesterday off the wall opposite the boats my 1st fish was a perch of about a pound. Has I got older we use to either get a red bus on vicar lane station or ride on the bikes and go to Kirby Overblow on the wharfe - great for grayling.In the late 70's and early 80's we would often fish the basin near Leeds bridge at the back of the sea cadets, but by god it was hard fishing.    
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Postby Brandy » Thu 13 Aug, 2009 12:41 am

gbdlufc wrote: I learnt to fish in Roundhay park with my dad and his mate, I remember it as if it was yesterday off the wall opposite the boats my 1st fish was a perch of about a pound. Has I got older we use to either get a red bus on vicar lane station or ride on the bikes and go to Kirby Overblow on the wharfe - great for grayling.In the late 70's and early 80's we would often fish the basin near Leeds bridge at the back of the sea cadets, but by god it was hard fishing.     me too funnily enough in roughly the exact spot with my old man my first fish was a bream.I didnt carry it on though but my old man did,he was always out fishing someplace or another.His fish of choice was pike.
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sundowner
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Postby sundowner » Thu 13 Aug, 2009 11:25 am

I started fishing in the fiftys my first fish was caught in a pond on the other side of the road from the jawbones at Rothwell i dont know if the pond is still there.I had a rod made from a bamboo stick with a wooden reel a bit of line and one float that was my compleat kit.I still fish when i get the chance my best fish was caught in the Leeds and Liverpool Canal this was a twenty pound pyke caught     not far from the City cente not on the bamboo pole i must add.    
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Postby Trojan » Thu 13 Aug, 2009 10:45 pm

I used to fish as a kid in the Needless damn (Scotchman Lane between Batley and Morley behind the pub) I never caught anything. I wondered why so I asked a fish. But his mate said "don't tell him Pike"I'll get mi coat.
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book
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Postby book » Fri 13 Apr, 2012 8:49 pm

There used to be fly fishing behind the pub in Rawdon, Billing Dam, a small fly fishery. I have just spotted a newish fly fishing venue in Swillington. Anyone know of any more fly fishing venues in Leeds?
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Postby grumpytramp » Fri 13 Apr, 2012 11:55 pm

book wrote: Anyone know of any more fly fishing venues in Leeds? Absolutely no idea (but then I am a very lucky boy having the Devon, Earn, Tay, Tummel, Isla and Braan almost on my doorstep) ........ however as my angling career began 36 years ago on Waterloo Lake in Roundhay Park (like so many of us) I am hoping to catch an early morning cast there in the summer when passing through to see if I can pick up one of the trout that must still be there ;-)I understand that appart from a rod licence (an alien concept up here) that the fishing in Roundhay Park is free these days???

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Postby book » Sat 14 Apr, 2012 12:01 am

If its free and in the summer with all those school kids there you might not need a keep net! I think there might be trout in the lake but it's not fly fishing, it will be mainly pole.
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Postby Tyke » Sat 14 Apr, 2012 12:37 pm

I started in the late 50's at Middleton Quarry with a bit of string and a worm for stickle backs.
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