Come to­gether, now

Trout & Salmon (UK) - - Letters -

For many years the av­er­age angler has put up with ev­ery­thing that has been thrown at him, from the ris­ing cost of an­gling to the lack of fish in rivers. An­gling clubs do their best to pro­tect their mem­bers and pro­vide af­ford­able fish­ing. How­ever, most clubs tend to re­gard other clubs in their area as be­ing in op­po­si­tion and are there­fore con­tin­u­ally look­ing over their shoul­der in case a ri­val tries to poach their mem­bers or steal their wa­ter. But per­haps there is a light at the end of the tun­nel. An­gling clubs and syn­di­cates up and down the River Wear have formed the Wear Anglers As­so­ci­a­tion (WAA). Old prej­u­dices have been put to one side and old en­e­mies are now good friends. Each month we meet to dis­cuss all as­pects that af­fect our river. The En­vi­ron­ment Agency and the River Wear Trust reg­u­larly at­tend, the lat­ter rarely miss­ing a meet­ing. In the short time that we have been formed, sev­eral no­table suc­cesses have been achieved that would never have been pos­si­ble had we not worked to­gether. One ex­am­ple is the clo­sure of a stretch of the Wear that had be­come a no­to­ri­ous tar­get for il­le­gal fish­ing. Work­ing to­gether with the WAA, Durham Coun­cil, Durham Po­lice, the Freemen of Durham and the En­vi­ron­ment Agency we suc­cess­fully closed the stretch and made it into a con­ser­va­tion area. Our mes­sages to all anglers is to join the An­gling Trust, or your lo­cal club, or bet­ter, join both and get or­gan­ised. David Cave, head bailiff, Felling Fly Fish­ing Club

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