AFTER an absence of more than a decade of absence, angling has returned The Valley’s Warwickshire Avon.
The iconic stretch of river was once a mecca for match, pleasure and specimen anglers alike and, as well as hosting many Blue-Ribbon competitions, producing some huge barbel, pike and chub.
After careful discussions with the local authority and other conservation bodies, the task of reinstating this beautiful stretch of river for angling was handed to local angling expert, retailer and England U20’s manager, Howard Kaye.
Howard is a successful match angler who currently represents the England Masters Team and fishes for Sensas Starlets.
Howard has restructured the angling stations and supervised the extensive clean-up of fishing pegs, clearing out dead wood and debris from the stretch in a sensitive manner for the enjoyment of all river users.
Historic access and car park areas have been reinstated along the entire length allowing easy access for anglers. The access road from The Valley car park down to the railway line, which sits beside the river, has been made good, ensuring anglers, and other users, now have safe access to the river.
As part of this project, and with wildlife and biodiversity in mind, the entire stretch of the riverbank will be managed in an environmentally sensitive manner. Flora and Fauna will be monitored and biodiversity enhanced while ensuring that anglers, walkers, dog walkers and other users can benefit from enjoying the facility.
In addition, access will be improved so more visitors can get to the bank and enjoy the landscape and wildlife.
Coupled with the river regeneration, Manor Angling also opened a new shop at The Valley, positioned adjacent to the garden centre and car park.
The new Manor Angling shop caters to all angling disciplines, from coarse fishing to game and sea fishing, along with many angling-related gifts.