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Old 27-02-11, 10:54   #1
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Anyone know about fishing on the Irwell . I was hoping to have a go around the wear under the bypass bridge in rawtenstall. Dont really have a clue about fishing. Is there just trout down there, what bait should i use etc, etc. Any advice would be greatly apreciated.
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Re: fishing on the irwell

have you got a licence, not really clever to advertise were your going on an open forum.i dont care if you have or not,but there might be people using this to catch people out.
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Re: Fishing on the Irwell

There can often be Trout down there, they like things like bread, worms, maggots or wet/dry flies etc.

Although if you are going to be putting them back you need to be down close to the water rather than up high - it can be a long drop.

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Wouldn't eat em though
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Re: Fishing on the Irwell

How clean is the Irwell now,it was pretty rough when I was there ,it is a good sign if fish are swimming around,but I would'nt eat anything from that river,not yet anyway.J. D. S.
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How clean is the Irwell now,it was pretty rough when I was there ,it is a good sign if fish are swimming around,but I would'nt eat anything from that river,not yet anyway.J. D. S.

It's not too bad nowadays

Still wouldnt eat them though
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Re: Fishing on the Irwell

Why?
Whats in it?

AFAIK their gills/lungy things filter out any crud.
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AFAIK their gills/lungy things filter out any crud.
Rats lol
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Re: Fishing on the Irwell

The water quality is monitored and if any bad quality is about they trace it back to the source and fine them heavily, the water broad are very strict.

At my place of works they come in regularly to check the drain water quality, we have to have storage tanks for dirty water, then they get someone in to pump it out later and take it away for treatment.
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Re: Fishing on the Irwell

Trout are a great barometer for the quality of the water, if they are living and breeding in the Irwell then the water must be pretty clean; and so they will be good to eat.
But if your thinking of going Trout fishing on any River, make sure you have the appropriate licence to catch Trout as well as a Permit. Season starts 1st April-30th Oct, local by-laws may differ for the start and end of the Season, and which bait can be used etc. Fishing without a Licence and Permit can carry heavy penalties. Annual Licence approx 27, which coincidently also starts 1st April.
If you are like me, and like clean Rivers, with all the fish and wildlife that it brings; it's not a lot to pay.
Tight Lines!.
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