With the rivers well and truly closed for another season, many anglers who prefer natural species have been left scratching their heads for venues to fish. The Slough Arm of the Grand Union Canal could be your alternative!
This quiet but urban stretch of canal is often overlooked by anglers but with natural species like roach, perch, tench and bream in abundance the venue is well worth a visit for a cheap but pleasurable alternative to river fishing. Run by Gerrards Cross & Uxbridge District Angling Association, the 5 miles between Cowley and the Slough town basin enjoys relatively quiet boat traffic compared to other sections of the Grand Union, making it less stressful and simpler for anglers lining the towpath.
The hotspot is the section locals call the ‘Langley Boats’ at Langley. Roach and perch are the main quarry on this straight section of cut and these can be found in every peg by fishing tight to the boats which are moored on the far bank at around 8-14m across. The venue responds well to squatts, punch or maggots but for bonus tench and bream, which can go to over 6lb here you’re advised to take corn, pellets or chopped worm and caster. Again these fish can be found tight across but don’t ignore down the track, or any lily pad beds that appear in late spring onwards.
The club are looking for another club in the area to water share on their section of the arm, so anyone interested should contact the club using the details opposite.
Prices: £5 on the bank, £2.50 concessions, Gerrards Cross & Uxbridge DAA,
Contact: 02084 210769, www.gxudas.co.uk
Location: Grand Union Canal, Slough Arm, Hollow Hill Lane, Slough, Berks, SL0 9RQ
Rules: No fires, no carp in keepnets