The bit you should read.

I’ve always been an angler and after around the country moving I wanted to discover and document the best places to fish (where ever I might be) in the way of rivers, lakes, canals and ponds. When previously fishing in South Wales I often fished in club and winter league matches, however living up north presented me with new challenges, venues and angling clubs that I acquainted myself with. Now down in the South West I plan to do the same.

This fishing blog details my angling adventures around the UK (although depending where I am in the country I also sea fish from both Boat and Shore, Carp, Pike and Fly fish). I will be giving a summary of 3 values considered by most anglers as well as the additional Disabled Access rating. Since being diagnosed with CIDP and regaining my motor function Disabled angling and Disabled access is now something I always consider when visiting venues. They will all be rated on a scale of 1* to 5*;

1. Fishability *****

2. Accessability *****

3. Value for Money *****

4. Disabled Access *****

I think these 4 points are the key issues which are readily identifiable with all anglers. Feel free to take a look and add your own comments along the way!

Monday, 3 October 2011

Tackle Store Review – Angling and Countrysports, Otley

I found out about this tackle store from the internet and when I arrived at Cross Green I would have walked past Angling & Countrysports had I not done a double take. There was half a second when I thought I was about to walk through someone’s front door.

On entering it looked like an old and established fishing store. Walking in I could immediately see a fair selection of groundbaits on the right, with fishing rods and other equipment on the left. There was also a very helpful section on a small board which displayed adverts of a variety of fisheries in the county, from trout and fly fishing to river and match coarse fishing...

Walking further into the shop I could see it was crammed with fishing essentials including pole fishing bits, float fishing extras and feeder gear. There was also a small selection of fly fishing and specialist carp and pike gear. On the far back wall there was also some pellet/air gun equipment (if you’re into that kind of thing).

I spoke to the man behind the counter. He was a very cheerful chap, so I asked him for some advice about the nearby lakes and what to use. The conversation that followed was one which was filled with advice, on baits, pegs and local catch reports, from some of his regulars including “Paul the Paste”... (No prizes for guessing what bait he liked using). I asked for some maggots, and for a small shop they were in very good condition with large feed spots. The shop also sold a variety of flavoured sweetcorn, meats and worms.

It was a nice shop given the cramped conditions, and the gentleman who served me was very helpful. It is somewhere I would recommend as I had a feeling, given enough time, you could turn ups some gems of equipment and more likely some excellent advice.

As a rating I would say *** ½


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