Fish­ery of the Week River Sev­ern

Fine river sport, good beer, su­perb scenery

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

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.

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