GONE FISHING - IN RECORD NUMBERS!
BRAHANFISHING-£15,000If you're looking for a permanent investment, consider Brahan Fishings in the beautiful River Conon. Four rods are available on this top-class salmon/trout fishing stretch of water near to Inverness.
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More than 1.5 million rod licences were sold in 2009, an all-time high and a 50% leap in ten years. Significant improvements in water quality in urban rivers and canals over the past two decades have been a major factor.
Once grossly polluted waters like the rivers Wandle, Taff, Mersey, Don and Irwell and the canals of Birmingham now support healthy fish populations and offer excellent fishing to local people. And while Scottish estates and places like the River Tweed remain a top choice for salmon fishing, there are now salmon in all of the rivers of the South Wales coalfield that once ran black with coal.
COARSE FISHING ROD
Champagne cork handles turned to a velvety finish, hard-chromed stainless steel rings, varnish hand-applied to the cane and silk whippings to give a lustrous, translucent finish; all add up to beautiful rods that will be an angler's companion for decades.
Edward Barder coarse and fly rods are supplied with fitted cloth bags, with the fly versions having a stiffener to protect the pair of perfectly mirrored tips. There is also a superb aluminium lined hand-made leather case of unsurpassed quality.
Sixty hours of skilled craftsmanship go into building each model. No wonder Barder rods have been described as the connoisseur's choice.
Continue the passion on holiday
Visit the Uber fishing holidays page to find travel specialists offering the chance to fish rivers and seas in places as diverse as New Zealand, Canada, Argentina and Gabon. You might enjoy going after one of your regular catches - like salmon - in a new location, or prefer to try for something new and exotic with the help of experienced guides. Trying to bring home a monster barracuda in your luggage is not recommended!
Fishing is often an attractive extra option at other types of holidays based in stunning surroundings. Some shooting holidays can be combined with a day's fishing and many country house hotels, particularly in Scotland, will be able to arrange fishing for guests.
EWS2 BREATHABLE WADER
GLADSTONE SPLIT BAMBOO ROD
Transport your bait - or catch
These cool boxes from The Cool Ice Box Company come in sizes to transport anything from carp bait to a roe buck. Made out of the same polyethylene as used in white water kayaks, they are designed for extreme usage and safe transportation of a day's spoils. Thick polyurethane foam insulation and gel packs of the sort used in the medical professions means contents stay frozen for up to three days.