RUNNING-water fans are set to have more choice than ever when dozens of new stretches will open to angling on the first day of the new season, June 16.
With the popularity of fishing running water back on the rise thanks to competitions like RiverFest, clubs across the country have snapped up vacant stretches of waterway to provide their members with even better value.
As a result, countless areas that were previously inaccessible have now become readily available to anglers. With fish stocks thought to be at an all-time high and hundreds of clubs freezing their prices, it makes for an exciting prospect when the river season opens in a week’s time.
Birmingham AA is among those that have secured new venues, and secretary John Williams told Angling Times: “Most of the River Wye is privately run, so when a new stretch came up for grabs we were never going to turn it down.
“We have an open membership and we want to make areas like this one more accessible to the everyday angler.
“We already control water on the Stour, Severn and Trent, to name only a few rivers, and we are always looking to enhance our river fishing portfolio.”
Cheshire-based Lymm Angling Club has also boosted its list of waters with the acquisition of two new stretches of river. Committee member Grazy Roberts revealed: “We have taken on zones of the River Severn and River Vyrnwy, as we want anglers of all abilities to be able to enjoy the action.”
Angling Times columnist Des Taylor welcomed the news and said: “I fully support clubs with open memberships taking on new river stretches, as they then become more accessible to the average angler.”
Clubs who have recently taken on new river stretches
1 Bradford City AA – River Wharfe, Hubberholme
2 Birmingham AA – River Wye, Penalt
3 Bungay Cherry Tree Angling Club – Upper River Waveney, Ellingham
4 Kinver Freeliners – River Severn, Belvedere
5 Twyford & District FC – River Loddon, Hurst, Berkshire
6 Mirfield Angling Club – River Calder, Marlborough Estate
7 Lymm Anglers – River Severn, Llandrinio and River Vyrnwy, Melynoig Fawr