River re­vival will see a re­turn to the banks

Angling Times (UK) - - YOUR FISHING WEEK -

I HON­ESTLY thought the best days of the rivers were well and truly be­hind us and that the fu­ture lay in still­wa­ters.

Could we re­ally blame new­com­ers go­ing to a com­mer­cial where they would get plenty of bites, in­stead of sit­ting watch­ing a mo­tion­less tip on a river?

But some­thing quite re­mark­able has hap­pened. Some­how, the fish stocks have all of a sud­den re­plen­ished them­selves and al­most all the ma­jor wa­ter­ways – and plenty of the smaller ones – are fish­ing bet­ter than I can ever re­mem­ber.

I am a Thames reg­u­lar, and since the start of the sea­son I have landed my first dou­ble-fig­ure bar­bel, a 5lb 4oz chub and a big bag of bream – all from a stretch of wa­ter that less than a decade ago seemed to be on its last legs.

The rivers are back to their best and it is time for us an­glers to pro­mote the ben­e­fits of fish­ing them to po­ten­tial new­com­ers. Mike Hey­wood, Ox­ford

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