Where? Whalley Abbey, The Sands, Whalley, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 9SS. Members only. Hyndburn & Blackburn AA membership £50.
Tel: 01254 829558.
What’s being caught? This modest-sized river has been excellent for dace, with catches topping 30 lb by the Abbey. Grayling to 2 lb and chub to 4 lb. Tactics? Conditions will vary, but on a steady river use a whip or a light stick float mid-river to target the dace on double maggot over plenty of loosefeed.
Where? Farndon, near Chester, Cheshire, CH3 6QS. Free fishing. Tel: 01244 345069.
What’s being caught? Steady levels will produce good catches of roach to 10 oz, dace to 8 oz and perch to 1 lb, in nets to 15 lb, maybe more, it all depends on prevailing conditions.
Tactics? It’s very deep here, so a Bolo’ or a pole-based approach often works best, with a bulked shotting pattern. Feed hemp and casters and use maggots on a size 16 fine wire hook to a 0.10 mm hook link. A bait dropper is useful to get the bait down in the deep water.
Where? Paddington Bank, Warrington, Cheshire, WA1 3PB. Members only. Warrington AA membership £50 plus a £40 joining fee. Tel: 01928 716238. What’s being caught? These lower reaches continue to produce excellent sport, for roach in particular, along with a scattering of bream to 4 lb, perch and pike.
Tactics? The fish are catchable on a whip or stick float and long rod. They are not too far out, just loosefeed and they will come to the bait. Hopefully, no severe floods will upset things, but if they do, switch to a maggot feeder once things settle again. Where? Red Lion, Winsford, Cheshire, CW7 3AA. Day tickets £5, in advance from local tackle shops. Tel: 01606 833853. What’s being caught? With effort and persistence, you should gradually find some worthwhile action, featuring mixed catches of roach, bream, hybrids, perch and small chub. Weights to 10 lb.
Tactics? Try Bolo’ or big stick float to keep busy, though in some slacker swims a pole to-hand will be more effective. Casters sort out the quality fish, typically presented over hemp. Always try bronze maggots if it’s tough going.