Hooked on canals

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THE Canal & River Trust has just reeled in a new an­gling club to fish the beau­ti­ful wa­ters of the Mont­gomery Canal in Powys.

The Ll­wydi­arth & Dar­lach An­gling As­so­ci­a­tion, which can trace its his­tory more than a cen­tury back to 1904, has be­come the lat­est an­gling club to move onto the na­tion’s man-made canal net­work in search of good fish­ing.

The club has reached an agree­ment with the Trust which will al­low its 100 mem­bers to fish along a re­stored two-mile stretch from bridge 141 to 147, near Bryn­der­wyn Wharf, just north east of New­town. The sec­tion was pre­vi­ously avail­able as part of the Trust’s Water­way Wan­der­ers scheme

The Ll­wydi­arth & Dar­lach An­gling As­so­ci­a­tion is the re­sult of an amal­ga­ma­tion of two clubs in 2015. Ll­wydi­arth Hall was a Welsh club which in­cluded ac­tive mem­bers from the Wir­ral.

Dar­lach was suf­fer­ing from dwin­dling mem­ber­ship and hoped to re­vive its for­tunes by join­ing forces.

Dar­lach was formed 114 years ago and the name is a com­bi­na­tion of ‘lach’ taken from the last four let­ters of Shock­lach, a small Cheshire vil­lage on the banks of the Welsh Dee and the first three let­ters ‘Dar’ from Farmer Dar­ling­ton, who gen­er­ously al­lowed an­glers to fish for free on his river. The club folded at the out­break of World War Two but re-formed in 1948, with sig­nif­i­cant con­nec­tions to the Wir­ral ship builders Cam­mell Laird.

The Mont­gomery Canal is cur­rently un­der­go­ing a ma­jor restora­tion project which will re­sult in sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments in wa­ter qual­ity and boat­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

CRT na­tional fish­eries & an­gling man­ager John El­lis said he was de­lighted the Ll­wydi­arth & Dar­lach An­gling As­so­ci­a­tion had de­cided to set up home on the Mont­gomery Canal.

They join an­other 250 an­gling clubs who have agree­ments with the Trust.

Com­pe­ti­tion day

Club mem­bers in 1948

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