- Jul 4, 2019
BRITAIN’S rivers have been busier than ever over the past couple of months, and not just with anglers. A new wave of kayakers, rafters and wild swimmers have all been making the most of the countryside, and who could blame them after months of being trapped indoors?
From the Angling Times.
Interesting article I thought. The stretches of the Severn I fish get a lot of Canoes but most of them tend to come in 'expedition' groups midday. I've not had any swimmers yet but my sister goes wild swimming in the Wye.
On the whole for me it's no bother, everyone is respectful of each other, but it sounds like it is a problem at some places from what they're saying in the AT.
FWIW I keep an eye out for canoes even when I'm well hidden behind a bush, you usually hear them say something along the lines of "watch out, fishing line" but I often reel in my rig to let them past anyway. Only occasionally have I had canoes 'stop' by rowing backwards right over where I'm fishing, never had anyone capsize in my swim yet, and having been canoeing once myself I can see it from both sides.
Are the AT making an issue where there isn't one or is sharing the river a problem as they suggest?