River joy

Ex­tra wa­ters, more fish stocked, banks and swims cleared...

Angling Times (UK) - - CONTENTS - IAN JONES News Ed­i­tor

Prospects high for open­ing day

THE new river sea­son looks set to be a cracker with a host of an­gling clubs un­veil­ing new stretches and im­proved swims ready for the Glo­ri­ous June 16.

With the sea­son start­ing this Satur­day, An­gling Times can this week lift the lid on sev­eral projects run by clubs, the En­vi­ron­ment Agency and a new con­ser­va­tion group that all sug­gest the fu­ture for Bri­tain’s rivers is brighter than it has been for many years.

One club that’s al­ready looked to pro­vide its mem­bers with more wa­ter to fish is Row­ley and Fen­e­mere An­gling As­so­ci­a­tion, which is cel­e­brat­ing the open­ing of a stretch of the River Sev­ern above Shrews­bury, on the Leaton Knolls Es­tate.

The club’s chair­man, Max Tay­lor, re­vealed the news to An­gling Times. He said: “The R&FAA won a bid for £5,000 from an An­gling Im­prove­ment Fund ad­min­is­tered by The An­gling Trust.

“The Trust was given £100,000 of rod li­cence in­come to as­sist an­gling clubs with wor­thy projects, so we were de­lighted to have re­ceived a cut.

“Not hav­ing been fished for 20 years, the two-and-a-halfmile stretch re­quired plenty of ren­o­va­tion work to en­able eas­ier ac­cess for an­glers – and this money helped us to carry it out.

“Our project has been to ren­o­vate two di­lap­i­dated walk­ways through the woods, from two ex­ist­ing car parks, so an­glers can gain bet­ter ac­cess to the river on foot.

“So far we’ve made 25 pegs with more in the pipe­line, mean­ing the river will be ready for ac­tion come June 16. It’s all very ex­cit­ing!”

Alongside ex­pand­ing their wa­ters, club of­fi­cials have also been or­gan­is­ing work par­ties to help cut swims and clear banks of veg­e­ta­tion in prepa­ra­tion for the start of the sea­son. Peter­bor­ough and District An­gling As­so­ci­a­tion is an­other of many clubs whose mem­bers have been out in force mak­ing pre­vi­ously in­ac­ces­si­ble ar­eas fish­able.

Chair­man Rob Harris said: “Hun­dreds of vol­un­tary man­hours have gone into clear­ing the banks on some of our wa­ters.

“With the help of ded­i­cated in­di­vid­u­als from PDAA, and af­fil­i­ated mem­bers from Cast­aways An­gling Club, roughly 160 pegs on the North Bank of the

Nene are now clear, along with 55 pegs across our Or­ton up­stream and down­stream stretches.

“At PDAA we want to show we pro­vide a high-qual­ity ticket, so peg clear­ing and lit­ter pick­ing is car­ried out each year.

“Not only does this make ac­cess eas­ier for OAP and dis­abled an­glers, but big matches in­clud­ing the Di­vi­sion Two Na­tional and a RiverFest qualifier – can now take place on our wa­ters.”

Row­ley & FAA mem­bers open their new wa­ter.

Even wild rivers re­quire reg­u­lar main­te­nance.

Swim clear­ing is es­sen­tial be­fore the sea­son starts.

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