Lots of fish but so few anglers
THE Thames, like so many rivers, continues to offer outstanding silverfish sport, yet the banks remain largely devoid of anglers.
I watched someone on my local stretch the other day catching dace between 2oz and 6oz every single cast. He was fishing a 13ft rod, a centrepin and a fair-sized waggler with the bulk shot down towards the hook.
As soon as the float settled, it would dip under. He told me he’d caught roach to over 1lb and ‘plenty’ of small chub to 1lb. Once rare on the tidal, these are now dramatically on the increase, probably thanks to the clean-up of Mogden Sewage Works.
When the Tideway Tunnel is in operation we are going to have some river on our hands... provided we find a way to reduce abstraction and increasing flows further upstream.
A cleaner Mogden Sewage works has led to better Thames sport.