High Bank back in action

Ripley & District Angling Club is pleased to announce the reopening of what have been traditionally the most popular fishing pegs at Butterley Reservoir.

The High Bank stretches from Hammersmith Lane as far as the outlet near to Asher Lane.

Its popularity is largely due to it bordering very deep water and also to the protection it affords the anglers.

It was closed by British Waterways about eight years ago for safety reasons.

Since then various attempts have been made to sort out the problems but without success, the biggest one being that of cost.

2009/10 was a disaster period for both the angling club and reservoir due to the Canadian pond weed explosion that almost closed it.

December 2010 saw the massive carp restocking program completed and the club were on tenterhooks waiting to see if the carp did the job to help clear the weed.

The recovery this year has been remarkable.

So much so that the club was able to finance the installation of eight sets of steps with handrails, each set leading to new, large, fishing stands along the High Bank.

Liaising at all times with engineers from British Waterways, specifications and work standards were agreed.

Recently 1,100 bream, eight to ten inches have been added to the water, the first stage of a planned annual restocking program.

A further batch of new stands is to be purchased so as to continue with the improvement plans.

Recently midweek matches have been introduced to meet the requirements of the competitive angler.

The opening of the High Bank, the new fish and the general improvements must be a sign of the good things at Butterley Reservoir with the future of Ripley & District Angling Club never looking better.

For further information contact information@rdac.org.uk.