Three rea­sons why rivers are pop­u­lar again

Angling Times (UK) - - YOUR FISHING WEEK -

I THINK there are three key rea­sons why rivers are be­com­ing pop­u­lar again.

First off is the in­cred­i­ble re­cov­ery of fish stocks. Af­ter ar­guably their worst decade ever the rivers have gone full cir­cle, with sil­ver­fish shoals, spec­i­men carp, chub, bar­bel and preda­tors all pro­lific once again.

Sec­ond, the lim­ited amount of time peo­ple have to go fish­ing th­ese days lends it­self to river fish­ing. Go­ing to a com­mer­cial with ev­ery­thing bar the kitchen sink hardly seems worth­while when you only have a cou­ple of hours to spend on the bank, but when you can nip out with a rod and a few bits and pieces and po­ten­tially catch a per­sonal-best chub or bar­bel in that time it is well worth mak­ing the ef­fort.

Last but not least, the rivers seem so much more ac­ces­si­ble th­ese days. Park­ing has been opened up close to pop­u­lar pegs and the banks are main­tained well, so that get­ting into a swim no longer in­volves bring­ing along a pair of shears or even a hedge trim­mer! Sean Burgess, Trow­bridge

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