Three reasons why rivers are popular again
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