Strik­ing sil­vers

IAN CHAP­MAN

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AVING been an An­gler’s Mail Where To Fish cor­re­spon­dent for over 20 years, I know lots of fish­ing venues in the North West, but no one can know ev­ery­where, es­pe­cially when it comes to river stretches, so I am al­ways on the look­out for new spots.

The re­gion’s main rivers are the Weaver, Dane, Mersey and Rib­ble, and they each have smaller trib­u­taries, all pro­vid­ing some very worth­while sport for an­glers that are will­ing to in­ves­ti­gate them.

One such trib­u­tary was re­cently brought to my at­ten­tion, the River Calder, which flows into the Rib­ble.

I’ve known about the Calder for years, but have never got to know it prop­erly. As it turns out, it seems I have been miss­ing a trick.

I’d al­ways as­sumed, wrongly, that it was okay for an oc­ca­sional chub and maybe a bar­bel, with a few trout and grayling, too. A gen­er­ally shal­low river, I al­ways thought that it was not worth mak­ing a song and dance over. How­ever, when I heard of some im­pres­sive catches com­ing from the Hyn­d­burn & Black­burn AA stretch at Whal­ley, I had to find out more, just to sat­isfy my cu­rios­ity.

Love and af­fec­tion

The club’s Manch­ester-born Gary Wil­liams kindly helped me out on my visit. I think it’s fair to say that he found two new loves in his life when he moved to Whal­ley sev­eral years ago – his lovely wife and the River Calder!

I ar­ranged to meet Gary on the as­so­ci­a­tion's stretch of the Calder where it runs by the pleas­ant and an­cient Whal­ley Abbey.

Pegs are some­what lim­ited on this side of the river, but the club also has ac­cess on the far bank, all the way down to the viaduct, where there are many more swims. The club also con­trols other pop­u­lar stretches.

Gary had lo­cated him­self on what can only be de­scribed as a ‘dolly’ peg, as it had a wooden plat­form jut­ting a lit­tle way out into the river, lo­cated at the base of some con­crete steps. I think it is worth men­tion­ing that mud can make these steps slip­pery at times, so be care­ful if you pay it a visit.

An early start en­sured that Gary se­cured his comfy swim, and he was al­ready catch­ing a fish a chuck when I ar­rived.

What fish were they? Well, they were dace, and the fast rate at which he was drop­ping them into his keep­net sug­gested that he was well on his way to a very de­cent net­ful.

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