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The Thames Anglers Conservancy was founded on the premise of ‘Anglers dedicated to protecting and improving the river Thames’ and the message still holds true today, we support all green initiatives that improve the environment. Thames Angler's Conservancy Statement: Anglers and Hydropower The Environment Agency has embraced Hydropower installation proposals on the Thames, even instigating a fast track scheme for developers. We applaud their forward thinking and willingness to help reduce carbons emissions, but they have failed to insist that…
The Thames Anglers' Conservancy (TAC) is a Free to join voluntary organisation established at the beginning of 2010 and run by anglers, helping in the conservation of the River Thames. As anglers we spend a vast amount of time by the river and collectively we hold an incredible amount of knowledge about the fish that the river contains. Many of us have fished the river for the best part of our lives during which time we have all noticed changes in our catches…
Would you drive over 3500 miles just to catch a fish? No? Well that is exactly what 4 Yorkshire fishermen are doing. However, they aren’t doing it just for the odd cod or halibut, they are doing it with an aim to raise over £10,000 for the RNLI. The Boody Long Way Up On Saturday 7th April 2012 the team will load their 4x4 truck from their base in Yorkshire with enough equipment to see them the whole way to…
Invasive non-native plants can be a nuisance in our ponds and aquaria, and cause serious problems in our environment if they escape into the wild. A new booklet published by Plantlife and the Royal Horticultural Society is now available to help anyone with an aquarium or pond make informed choices about the plants they buy and avoid problems in the future. What is the problem? We are spoilt for choice with many different plants available to put in our ponds…
WeAdmire: One day I bought a t shirt from Camden Market. It was decorated with a hand-painted detail of the Bayeux Tapestry. The "get out of my way that shirt has my name on it" urge, did not re-occur again for another 20 years. However, the idea of creating t shirt designs that deliver real self expression has remained with with me ever since. http://www.weadmire.net/ started designing in September 08. Our brief to designers invites them to put the subject…
Any angler aged 12 years or over, fishing for salmon, trout, freshwater fish or eels in England (except the River Tweed), Wales or the Border Esk and its tributaries in Scotland must have an Environment Agency rod licence. Rod licences are available from Post Office outlets throughout England and Wales, online, by direct debit and over the telephone on 0844 800 5386. The phone line is open from 8.30am to 8.00pm daily from March to September and 8.30am to 6.00pm…
Carefully placed bait, a perfect cast; all to be ruined by a brazen crayfish sweep the bait from the line. More likely than not it is one of the North American crayfish that are rapidly spreading through our waterways. This species is affecting fisheries, rivers and lakes all over the country and has contributed to the devastating loss of British white-clawed crayfish which play an important role in healthy rivers. How do signal crayfish affect fishing? Although signal and native…
Legislation regarding Crayfish in England and Wales: Save a species and stay legal! UK Fisherman are constantly being asked about the legalities surrounding Crayfish and trapping them. We hope the following, courtesy of the South West Crayfish Project helps. White-clawed Crayfish It is illegal to take white-clawed crayfish from the wild or offer for sale without a licence.  EU Habitats Directive and UK Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981 (as amended) legislation It is illegal to handle native crayfish in England…
Newly introduced to the UK is a range of ultra slim, lightweight guides called Minima. Incorporating a double swaged (the ring is locked in position on both sides by the guide frame) SS304 ring and finished in a durable, attractive TiCH coating, the guides have been developed and extensively tested in the US, although these could have been purpose made for fishing in Britain with our wide ranging specialist fishing applications. Weighing 20-30% less and offering a much greater ring…
One and a half hours east of Vancouver, on the edge of the Canadian Rockies, is the Town of Chilliwack. Because of its fertile agricultural land, miners heading for the gold rush in the Fraser River canyon, settled the area in the mid nineteenth century. Today the region has become famous for a treasure of a different kind, the mighty white sturgeon and an incredible abundance of salmon. Devasted by commercial fishing and dam programs in the once great sturgeon…
A major, new research programme focusing on the social benefits of angling in the England and Scotland is underway. The project, ‘The Social and Community Benefits of Angling’ is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and runs from January 2009 - January 2012. The research is investigating the positive roles angling can play for (i) those who participate in it; (ii) young people; and (iii) communities where angling takes place. Substance, a not-for-profit social research company, is managing the research…
Making your own homemade baits is one of the best ‘edges’ left to fishermen who dream of big fish! There is no doubt about its success over the decades and it is something which is easy to do for anyone prepared to give it a try. Many successful fishermen find making and using homemade baits is addictive; but why? Let’s find out... Listening to the pigeons cooing in the roof like mad and to the constant droning lawn mowers breaking…
PISCATORIAL PAST-TIMES - By steve Sheppard Source: Steve Sheppard at Anglers Gifts My interest in angling began when I was a youngster my father took me to a local soccer match between two local teams that left me scarred for life and desperately seeking a worthwhile pastime. I found it in angling and over the years I have developed a keen interest in anglings rich and varied history. Along the way in my quest for more knowledge of our noble…
A PISCATORIAL COMPANION - By Steve Sheppard Source: Steve Sheppard at Anglers Gifts Now you may think from my title a friend to go fishing with well you are wrong. This is a story going back to a time when men were men, adventure, danger, excitement, was the watch word of the day for the young aristocratic gentleman bent on experiencing all life has to offer. There were many wild untamed parts in the British Isles in those days none…
The Specialist Anglers Alliance - By Paul Orford Source: www.saauk.org Who are the Specialist Anglers Alliance? The Specialist Anglers Alliance represents the interests of specialist anglers and angling groups ranging from ECHO and the Pike Anglers Club of Great Britain to the Tenchfishers and the Eel groups, as well as member clubs and societies and individual angling members.
Source: www.nfadirect.com The Angling Development Board is now seeking the services of senior volunteers and a team of professional development staff to realise the aspirations of the Angling Whole Sport plan. A Chair and Finance Director are also sought to be key members of the Board, and a team of development staff, led by a Senior Development Manager, will be charged with the delivery implementation.
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