Angling in colour

Evening scene on the beach below Shoreham by Sea, west of Brighton, Sussex .

Watching a line as the sea comes in over the sands of a cliff-bound beach in North Wales.

Casting into deep water as the tide comes up the rocks at Hope Nose’s, nearTorquay, Devon . A popular and accessible spot, particularly in summer, when a magnificent range of species are taken annually from this area and indeed the whole West Country coast. These rocks attract mackerel, black bream and mullet.

Coniston Water, Lake District, Cumbria. This spectacular and famous lake is five miles long but less than a mile wide, and offers free fishing fortrout, pike and perch. Boats are available from various hirers and the lake also contains char . Fishing for dace in October on a beautiful stretch of the Upper Wye. Perch and pike are also caught, although this is mainly a salmon water. There are special regulations in many parts of the river covering the times coarse fish may be caught and also the baits that may be used , but the river constitutes an angler’s paradise.

Fishing forgrayling in October nearthe junction of the Lambourne and Kennet, Newbury, Berkshire. Rising on the chalky Berkshire downs, the Kennet is the most famous tributary of the Thames and is rated as one of the finest mixed fisheries in England. Opportunities for day visitors are consequently few, however .

Spring sunlight after April rain making ideal fishing conditions on the RiverTavy, below Tavistock, Devon . The fishing for salmon, sea trout and brown trout is excellent on this typical West Country river. It rises on Dartmoor and then flows through some lovely deeply wooded scenery before joining estuaries with the Tamar below Maristow. Fishing for roach and dace on the Kennet.

Fishing is highly prized on this famous river, part of which is a canal, and access is difficult. Bream, chub, dace, roach, pike and in particular barbel of over specimen size are plentiful. For available ticketfishing see s 167,348.

A view of the River Usk, one mile east of Brecon . Another great Welsh riverwhich isfamous foritssalmonfishing, although there is excellent roach and dacefishingfrom October 1 to January 14.

Access for visitors is good as hotels and associations give many opportunities to anglers.

Old Bury Hill Lake, near Dorking, Surrey . This beautiful lake offers superb coarse fishing and occasional matches are arranged. Boats and tickets are available but much sought after.

Flyfishing the bridge pool for sea trout at Christchurch, Dorset, on the Hampshire Avon . This is the famous Royalty Fishery which isticket water and an excellent centre for sea trout.

Casting to the far side of a salmon pool on the river Lyon, Perthshire . This tributary of the Tay also offers attractive trout fishing.

Fishing the river Strule, Co Tyrone, N. Ireland . Part of the Foyle system, this river is reckoned to contain the biggest brown trout in the area. There are also some salmon and sea trout and plenty of coarse fish, especially roach. The river Thames near Reading . One of the most important riversin England, theThames offers unique opportunities for visiting fishermen, particularly coarse anglers. The increasing boattraffic is a serious problem in the summer months, and as a result the weir pools (for which a special permit is required) are popular .

The superb Yorkshire river, the Ure (or Yore), photographed in autumn at Aysgarth, nearWensleydale . These are trout and grayling waters forfly fishermen; the Ure above Aysgarth is a trout river only, but below Aysgarth it offers good coarse fishing. Flyfishing in spring for trout on a typical small Dartmoor river. The fish are never going to be of any great size in this type of water, although very satisfying sport can be had, usually in late spring andsummeroncethe water has warmed up.

My old friend Al Fresco loves the open air life. When he isn’t sitting by the water with a rod in his hand, he’s either camping on the nearby fells or helping in the local mountain rescue team. He’s accounted pretty good at both. But if you suggest thai he’s a man of parts, he’ll modestly point out that his know-how cost him just /j .

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