Angling Trust & Fish Legal Member News Thursday, 6th July, 2017. Fish Inside hydro at Durham.

Check out the link with the Sal & ST inside the Hydro at Durham.

Campaign urges MPs to act now to protect our rivers

This is the River Chess in Buckinghamshire, one of our unique chalk streams. Over the last six years it has been dry more often than it has flowed. In fact, nearly one in four rivers in England are at risk of low flows and drying up through over-abstraction. The Angling Trust has partnered with WWF and The Rivers Trust for the #NatureNeedsYou campaign to demand action to restore and protect rivers before it is too late. To launch the campaign, a cross party group of MPs, including the current Water Minister Therese Coffey, attended a chalk stream discovery day on the River Itchen to learn about the problems facing England’s rivers. Read more

Join the #NatureNeedsYou campaign

Trust demands fair deal for sea anglers in new Fisheries Bill

The Angling Trust is demanding a fair deal for sea anglers in the new Fisheries Bill which was announced in the Queen’s Speech as part of a package of ‘Brexit’ bills. The Trust is concerned that, so far, no reference has been made to recreational fisheries and their value to the economy, and at a fisheries round table meeting yesterday with Michael Gove, AT’s Head of Campaigns Martin Salter demanded that anglers fishing for publicly-owned sea fish stocks are given full consideration in the new Bill. Read more

Good news at last for  famous River Kennet


A £30 million project to reduce abstraction levels from the River Kennet has been completed. The Angling Trust joined Action for the River Kennet, WWF and the Environment Agency to mark formally the commissioning of Thames Water’s new Axford pipeline which will see a seven million litre per day reduction in water being abstracted  – protecting the famous Wiltshire and Berkshire chalk stream during periods of dry weather. Read more

Two spurdog top list

of latest record catches

These stunning spurdog – Shane Salmon’s 25lb 4oz boat-caught specimen (above) and Gary Hillon’s shore-caught fish weighing 17lb 8oz 8dr – have just been ratified as British rod-caught records. Find out more and check out the current record lists.

Enter now for the Wild Trout Trust Conservation Awards


You have until 28th July to submit your application for the Wild Trout Trust Conservation Awards 2017, supported by Thames Water. These prestigious awards are in three categories of small, medium and large-scale projects, with a splendid trophy  for all categories, plus a £1,000 cheque for winners of the small and medium-scale projects. The Awards ceremony is in London on 17th October. The application form is quick and easy to complete and shortlisted applicants will face a subsequent phone interview with the judges, made up of staff from WTT and the River Restoration Centre.

If you have a project that has made a real difference to a river and its wild trout why not enter now?

More information and entry form

Team England In The Park

Meet Carp Team Manager Rob Hughes and England’s medal winning squads who will fly the flag for England and our Get Fishing campaign at Carp In The Park this weekend. The annual gathering has all your carpy requirements covered with Q&A sessions, rig-demos, and gear from the biggest names and brands. Bivvy-up, enjoy a BBQ, live music and a catch up with mates at ‘The Social’.

Tribute to Dennis

Tributes have been paid to Dennis Retter, long standing chairman of Honiton Sea Angling Club and a life member of the Angling Trust, who died recently after a short illness. He was 69.

Read more

Parking permits for the Thames

A new parking scheme has been launched to enable anglers to gain better access to the River Thames in Reading with discounts for Angling Trust members. Read more

Species Hunt is on TV

The Angling Trust’s Species Hunt team have been filming in Weymouth with On The Bank TV and sponsors Tronixpro. Presenters Rob Hughes and Andy Ford joined a mini species challenge on light-lure gear and as testament to the fantastic fishing around our coast over 14 species were caught on camera. The results show why you should register for a chance to claim part of the £5,000 prize pool.

Register now!

Get out on the water

at BBC Countryfile Live

Packed with wholesome countryside fun, BBC Countryfile Live returns to the beautiful grounds of Blenheim Palace from 3rd-6th August for live arena shows, hands-on activities, animal displays, debates, food, drink and shopping. Stop by the Waterside area on the River Glyme which flows through the grounds and have a go at fishing and paddling. Whatever you fancy, you’ll have the chance to get out on the water at this iconic angling venue. The Family Fishing sessions from Get Hooked on Fishing are for all ages and abilities, from complete beginners through to top tips for more experienced anglers.

Save £3 on tickets

Angling Trust members can save £3 on advance tickets. Just visit the Members Login Area of the Angling Trust website and follow the instructions.

Bring someone

fishing this summer

Remember how you started fishing? Chances are it was with a family member or friend. How about helping someone you know share your love of angling? Check out this summer’s sessions for all ages and abilities here.

NFM 2017 … the countdown’s begun!

With less than a month to go, National Fishing Month 2017 already has more than 300 events listed. Each entry details when, where and how anyone who wants to learn more about fishing can take part at their closest event.

Find events here

Plymouth date for young sea anglers

This year’s Junior Shore Angling Festival organised by Wyvern Marine Region is being held on Saturday, 5th August at Mountbatten Breakwater, Plymouth. Supported by Plymouth Federation of SACs and local tackle shops, the contest is open to anyone 16 years old or under. More details

News from Fish Legal

WATCH: Concern over salmon trapped in hydro turbines

A video showing trapped fish being hurled  inside the turbine chamber of an “award winning” hydro-electric scheme on the River Wear has been sent to the Environment Agency. Fish Legal has written to the Agency highlighting local anglers’ concerns about potential over-abstraction and design flaws in the hydro-electric scheme resulting in fish deaths at Framwellgate weir in Durham city centre. The scheme received the Agency’s full approval at the time of construction. Read more

Round-up of Angling Trust Competition News

Young stars of future shine in National Championships

A great turnout of 96 young and enthusiastic anglers fished this year’s Angling Trust Junior & Youth National Championships at the prolific Tunnel Barn Farm fishery in Shrewley.Results & Report

Historic silver for England Ladies

England Ladies won silver in the Tri-Nation International, the historic first multi-nation women’s international for carp fishing. Read more.

The contest coincided with Women In Sport week and the latest round of ‘This Girl Can’.

Daz dazzles on canal


Daz Shaw and his fishing buddy Boydan Krupnyckyj both won their sections to become the first team to qualify for the Angling Trust & Canal & River Trust Canal Pairs final. Read more

Book online for RiverFest tickets


To take part in RiverFest, the AT & CRT Stillwater Championship or other contests, you can find out more details and book tickets online here

Vanarama to sponsor Fish ‘O’ Mania

Vanarama, the commercial vehicle leasing broker, is to be the title sponsor of the Fish ‘O’ Mania final, which takes place this Saturday at Cudmore Fisheries near Newcastle-under-Lyme. After months of qualifying, 25 anglers will compete for the £50,000 winner’s prize and the most prestigious title in match fishing. Read more

Not yet a member of the Angling Trust?

The Angling Trust represents anglers and protects fishing. The more anglers who join, the louder our voice becomes. By becoming a member, you help fund our work to promote angling and its future, to fight for better fish stocks in both the marine and freshwater environment and to campaign against threats to angling. Membership of the Angling Trust runs for a year from the date of joining – and you’ll also receive great membership benefits including £10m public liability insurance, discounts on products and services, and at least 10% off day and season tickets at almost 100 fisheries.

Please support our work … join or renew today!