River webcams proving extremely popular with Ribble anglers

Wasted journeys to flooded rivers could be a thing of the past, now that a series of webcams has been installed on popular river stretches to help anglers monitor the condition of their favourite swims.

Members of the Ribble Fisheries Consultative Association are now able to log on to the website, enter a password and instantly view an updated image of various rivers from the comfort of their own home.

The scheme has proved immensely popular, stopping anglers from travelling long distances only to find an unfit venue.

Game fishing stretches were the first to benefit from the forward thinking initiative, but a popular coarse angling area is being prepared to house a webcam in the near future.

“Anglers thought it was a great idea, and the further they lived from the river the more they liked it! The first camera was installed at Waddow Weir on the Ribble and was massively popular, so we agreed to put in a further two as soon as we could afford it,” explained consultative chairman David Hinks.

“It has helped increase membership and we now have the second one working at Winkley Weir on the River Hodder and a third awaiting completion at the mixed Jumbles fishery, half a-mile-away from the River Calder confluence,” added Dave.

Other organisations, including the Wye and Usk Foundation, have trialled similar schemes and Doncaster AA chairman Ian Hurst believes webcams could soon become commonplace on running waterways across the country.

“It’s a great idea, and it’s certainly something we could look at introducing in the future. We control stretches of the River Don and a webcam that could be viewed from home would benefit a lot of our members,” explained Ian.