SMALL RIVERS AL­WAYS WORTH A SEC­OND LOOK

Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

I DON’T know how many times I have sung the praises of small, of­ten ig­nored, rivers but this week’s piece on Lin­colnshire’s River Bain merely un­der­lines their po­ten­tial (see pages 12/13).

There are three cat­e­gories of small rivers in my book: some have been so rav­aged by ab­strac­tion that they are lit­tle more than brooks.

I used to fish two on my way home from matches – one in Kent, the other in Hertfordshire – and catch beau­ti­ful dace. They are now vir­tu­ally life­less.

The next type have been largely canalised thanks to the bar­baric dredg­ing ac­tions of the old NRA – ac­tions that some in the cur­rent govern­ment seem quite keen on, to as­suage house­hold­ers who suf­fer from flood­ing largely caused by the self­same dredg­ing!

The third kind used to be dead, mostly be­cause they car­ried ef­flu­ent from very un­re­li­able sewage treat­ment works. Now they have been cleaned up the water is ex­tremely fer­tile, and once fish be­come es­tab­lished they grow rapidly.

Of course, some rivers, like the Bain, sim­ply keep plod­ding along, and their fish thrive on ne­glect.

If you have such a place near you, try your luck. A bag with a few floats, a box of shot, a packet of hooks, a dis­gorger and a land­ing net is all you need.

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