The river re­vival is not just hype – I know that from my great catches!

Angling Times (UK) - - YOUR FISHING WEEK -

WHEN I first took up fish­ing around 20 years ago I was a re­ally en­thu­si­as­tic river an­gler and got on my lo­cal wa­ters every week.

The fish­ing was fan­tas­tic back then and it was any­body’s guess how big the next bar­bel, chub or roach would be. But all of a sud­den the sport seemed to die off and no mat­ter how hard I tried, the re­sults just didn’t come – I wasn’t alone in this strug­gle.

I re­luc­tantly switched my at­ten­tions to still­wa­ters and was hooked on them – un­til re­cently.

I’d read plenty of pos­i­tive ar­ti­cles in the me­dia about the river re­vival but I thought it was prob­a­bly hype.

But I de­cided to bite the bul­let and have a quick go on a lo­cal stretch. To say I am glad I did it is an un­der­state­ment, with five bar­bel to 8lb, a cou­ple of qual­ity bream and even a 4lb chub com­ing in one day.

I wasn’t alone in my suc­cess. It looks like the pa­pers are spot on – the rivers are back to their best! Gary Dar­ley, Gran­tham

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