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