Briefing Note: Angling on Inland Waterways
The aim of this briefing note is to advise waterway users who have little knowledge of angling about the background, rules, and etiquette of angling from boats or bankside along our inland waterways. Angling has declined in recent years but is still among the most popular pastimes in the UK.
It can be enjoyed by all ages and is an inexpensive hobby, needing little initial equipment and, like all great pastimes, is simple to learn, yet offers a potential lifetime of variation. The joy of sitting quietly, half watching a float, and taking in the sounds and sights of the birds, insects and small mammals going about their daily business across the water and around the bankside is a special experience.
While other waterway users actively travel past on their boat, bike or on foot, the angler has the time to observe the changing light across the water, watch a busy kingfisher hunt for fish or listen to the scurrying of a vole around the bank edges.