Fishery of the Week River Severn
Fine river sport, good beer, superb scenery
THE middle reaches of the River Severn have to be some of the most beautiful stretches of waterway an angler could ever wish to visit.
Steep hills cloaked in rich woodland frame a classic gravelbottomed river where feeding shoals of barbel and chub can be spotted darting in and out of beds of streamer weed.
It’s this scenario that attracts hundreds of anglers to the Severn each year, but it’s not just the scenery that makes this place so special.
In an area so renowned for its barbel fishing that anglers have nicknamed it ‘Barbel Alley’, the river between Bridgnorth to the north and Bewdley to the south is not only tremendously picturesque, but the fishing is simply awesome too.
One of the finest stretches of all is the Ship Inn fishery at Highley. The only sound you’ll hear on this delightful venue – apart from the Severn Valley steam engines as they pull in and out of Highley station – is the clutch of your reel as the resident shoals of Berties, which go well into double-figures, take a liking to your hookbait.
As well as the barbel, anglers can fish for chub to over 6lb and bags of dace, roach, perch and eels. There are plenty of each species to provide you with an action-packed session.
There are dozens of pegs on this half-mile-long stretch, each with its own character. There are shallow runs where fish can be targeted on float or touch legering tactics, as well as deeper, slow-moving pegs like those near the pub. These are better when there is more water on, and in the winter.
All this means that visitors can fish whatever running water method they wish and still enjoy a great day’s fishing.
Another bonus on this stretch is the pub, where anglers can sip a cool pint as they recall their day’s
fishing. You can even take a ride on the Severn Valley Railway, which has a station just behind the fishing.
There are plenty of places to stay here, including cottages and B&B accommodation for groups of anglers who might fancy a few days on the fishery.
Some of these offer bait fridges for fishermen as well as facilities for them to store their tackle, making the venue a great place for a seasonal jolly for small groups or clubs.
There are two parts to the stretch – Bert’s runs from the bridge downstream to the anglers’ car park at Severnside, and another, which is the 23 pegs below this, is owned by Riverside Steam. Both can be fished on a day ticket.
PRICES: £5 a day on the bank for both Bert’s and the Riverside Steam stretches. Discounts for weeklong fishing stays when staying in Riverside’s accommodation CONTACT: 01562 777563 LOCATION: River Severn, Severnside, Highley, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 6NU
A fine Middle Severn barbel for Mark Peck.
A barbel puts a steep curve in Mark Peck’s rod.