The hottest swims & tac­tics re­vealed in UK’s big­gest guide

Angling Times (UK) - - FRONT PAGE - MARK PECK Se­nior re­porter

“Dozens of clubs with stretches of river are see­ing an­glers flock­ing to join”

IT’S shaping up to be a record year for an­glers re­turn­ing to run­ning wa­ter venues.

Sales of tra­di­tional river tackle have risen by 200 per cent, and clubs are hav­ing to print more books to meet the de­mand.

With many of the na­tion’s top wa­ter­ways now of­fer­ing some of the best sport seen in decades, more and more are join­ing clubs and cel­e­brat­ing the va­ri­ety of sport to be had there.

The trend has seen a wel­come spike in de­mand for float­fish­ing tackle, and one man­u­fac­turer is re­port­ing a huge in­crease in sales of its cen­tre­pin reels.

TF Gear’s di­rect mar­ket­ing man­ager, Alan Craw­ford-Plane, has re­vealed that sales of reels of this type have dou­bled since the com­pany be­gan sell­ing them back in 2012.

He told An­gling Times: “Over the last cou­ple of years we have no­ticed a big hike in sales of river fish­ing gear, and none more so than our range of ’pins.

“We started with just one model but as de­mand rose we’ve had to in­crease that to four, to of­fer an­glers of all pock­ets a choice.

“The in­crease isn’t just be­cause an­glers are choos­ing tra­di­tional tackle, but be­cause more peo­ple are back on the rivers. This has been re­flected in strong sales of items like bar­bel rods too.”

It’s not just run­ning wa­ter fish­ing tackle that has ex­pe­ri­enced a huge rise in sales.

Dozens of an­gling clubs who of­fer stretches of river are see­ing new mem­bers flock­ing to join.

One such club is Not­ting­ham Fed­er­a­tion of An­glers.

The club is go­ing through one of its big­gest re­cruit­ment drives in re­cent his­tory, and club sec­re­tary Ian McLaugh­lin said: “We have sold more books this year than at any time in the last decade… so much so that we needed a re­print this sea­son.

“We run sev­eral sec­tions of the River Trent and be­cause our venues are fish­ing well and we’ve spent money im­prov­ing ac­cess to them there’s been a no­tice­able in­crease in num­bers. I think that’s true of many other clubs too. It’s great for us and the sport.”

These sen­ti­ments were echoed by river spe­cial­ist and An­gling Times colum­nist Dave Har­rell.

“It’s great to see more an­glers

com­ing back to the rivers,” he said.

“We’ve had a few good spawn­ing years re­cently and this has seen sport im­prove dra­mat­i­cally on UK rivers.

“This, along with the high cost of fish­ing com­mer­cials, is help­ing to en­cour­age an­glers back to run­ning wa­ter.

“Be­cause of this there has been a no­tice­able in­crease in the num­ber of matches held on rivers in the last cou­ple of sea­sons, and River­fest has sold out again this year. It’s been so pop­u­lar I have de­cided to be­gin plan­ning a sec­ond pairs-style com­pe­ti­tion for 2017.

“It’s an ex­cit­ing time to be a river an­gler, and fish­ing this year is just go­ing to get bet­ter and bet­ter.”

Dave Har­rell: “An ex­cit­ing time to be a river an­gler.”

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