Fly Fishing Tenkara

Hebden Water

 

View across the valley at the top of Hebden water

Peter admiring the view across the valley at the top of Hebden water

 

Hebden water can be split into three main sections each with it’s own character, the top end is nestled in a steep sided moorland valley. The base pillars that remain from Blake Dean trestle bridge can still be seen. Β To access this top section from Hebden Bridge follow the road past Heptonstall, Widdop road, there is some space to park next to the road.

Descending the steep steps to the beck

Descending the steep steps to the beck

The steps down to Hebden water are very steep here but its worth the effort, the water is full of lively free rising trout, not large but lots of fun, perfect for Tenkara.

Peat stained but clear water. The fish are dark with strongly coloured markings.

Peat stained but clear water. The fish are dark with strongly coloured markings.

Further downstream the water flows through the woods of Hardcastle Crags, this section is probably best accessed by New Bridge National Trust car park. The water through the woods is the best I have seen for teaching a child to fish with a tenkara rod. No waders are needed as there are convenient rocks to stand on and the surroundings could hardly be more beautiful. The fish are not large but reasonably easy to catch.

My son Zachary fishing Hebden Water in Hardcastle Crags

My son Zachary fishing Hebden Water in Hardcastle Crags

My son really enjoyed fishing here and catching his first trout on the fly at the age of 5! – see below

Zachary age 5 with his first trout

Zachary age 5 with his first trout

Fishing tickets

The top of Hebden Water through Hardcastle Crags is controlled by Hebden Bridge Angling SocietyΒ . Β Their water starts at New Bridge by the National Trust car park and continues up to the junction of the streams at the remains of the old Blake Dean trestle bridge. Β It’s possible to fish the whole stretch in a day but I’ve found it more rewarding to concentrate on either the top end for a short outing or the wooded section for a more involved day.

Below Hardcastle crags the water from Dark Lane Bridge, Foster Lane on the outskirts of Hebden Bridge to the Blue Pig WMC at Midgehole can be fished on the Ryburn and Halifax Angling Society ticket, this stretch is mostly pocket water, quite difficult to navigate but lots of fun.

 

Hebden Bridge Angling SocietyΒ tickets are available from Jewsons tackle shop in HalifaxΒ , maybe other locations but can’t confirm this

Ryburn and Halifax Angling SocietyΒ  Β Tickets are available from:

  • Sowerby Bridge Post Office, 42-44 Wharf St, Sowerby Bridge Tel: 01422 831404
  • Hebden Bridge Tourist Information Centre, Butlers Wharf, New Rd, Hebden Bridge
  • A.J.Jewsons, 28 Horton St, Halifax 01422 343455
  • By sending payment, along with a S.A.E. to their general secretary

About the author

Joel

Founder and owner of Tungsten-Beads-plus.com
A keen angler since 1998 when I started sea fishing while living in Australia
On returning to the UK, l realised I had good trout water on my doorstep and took up fly fishing. I pursued this with the same passion and was happy to have the opportunity to develop a business in my chosen pursuit.
Favourite species include Trout and Grayling but I also like to pursue other species with the fly and have caught sea-trout, pike, perch, roach, chub, orf, minnows, mackerel, coalfish , pollock and mullet on the fly so far.

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