Gerrards Cross & Uxbridge District Angling Society – River Colne Enhancement Scheme

Dear Shaun,

You may recall that I contacted you in August 2017 in your role within The Barbel Society requesting expertise and possible funding for the above mentioned topic, I’m pleased to advise that the Society were able to raise sufficient funds and together with input from the Wild Trout Trust we were able to implement improvements recently completed to our fishery and can advise the following can be observed on the following link:-

River Colne Catchment Action Network – River Improvement Works at Uxbridge Moor –

Gerrards Cross and Uxbridge District Angling Society have recently completed an impressive project to improve the River Colne at Uxbridge Moor.

Both the Club and myself would like to thank you for your interest and advice in our project and we might come back to you as we have other barbel holding Colne fisheries we may have to improve.

BRgds & tight lines – Dan McSweeney

By |May 10th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Gerrards Cross & Uxbridge District Angling Society – River Colne Enhancement Scheme|

Barbel Show – 26th May 2019

A date for your diary, the 2019 annual Barbel Society Show will be on May 26th at the The Telford Centre Hotel (previously called the Park Inn by Radisson Telford).

As always there will be some great speakers, trade stands and raffle.
Tickets can now be purchased HERE


By |November 27th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Barbel Show – 26th May 2019|

Otter Petition

The Barbel Society have launched a government petition calling for the control of the otter.

It is for the control, and hence research of the otter. It has NOTHING to do with the word ‘cull’. Read the wording. Therefore, every angler can sign this petition with a clear conscience!

This is a chance for all of us to do something positive.

Petition Link

By |July 5th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Otter Petition|

Barbel Society Southern Event – 11 August 2018

This is the previously postponed event from March

Hampshire Avon @ Bisterne

Four miles of estate bank on the Hampshire Avon’s famous Bisterne Fishery near Christchurch. An opportunity to fish in the footsteps of the likes of Walker, Wheat and Yates

Contact Keith Grace at to book your place

Cost is free, but it is understood the Mills Family would welcome a donation towards the Estates Church Fund. It would be nice if the BS could raise £200 to show our appreciation for this unique opportunity from the Estate

Meet at the Keepers Cottage Bisterne BH24 3BN
Fishing from Sunrise to Sunset

By |July 1st, 2018|News|Comments Off on Barbel Society Southern Event – 11 August 2018|

RDAS + Barbel Society Junior Day – 7th July 2018

Junior angling day on the fantastic River Severn at Coalport on Saturday July 7th, with our good friends the Rowley and District AS.

A great day is guaranteed, starting with tuition talk on river fishing safety, fish care and handling, tackle, rigs and bait, followed by a few hours fishing with tuition from barbel anglers, followed by a barbecue and prize of a new barbel rod for biggest fish of the day, each youngster will be awarded a goody bag from our sponsors of the day Dynamite baits, places are limited to 10 juniors under 16 years of age, but all juniors MUST be accompanied by parent or guardian who must be able stay with the junior at all times during the day, on the day we will have angling legends Des Taylor, Steve Pope and Lawrence Breakspear for help and advice to all so a fantastic barbel day is assured!!.plenty of excellent accommodation in local area with attractions for all the family.

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Twyford & District – Open Day 7th July

8am till late. 7th July, 2018

Want to fish 3 seperate rivers from 1 car park?
T&DFC are having an open day on Saturday 7th July..
St Patricks stream, the Loddon and the Thames can be fished and walked
around for free on one day only.

Gurus will be in attendance;

Simon Hibbert, Match and general fishing.
Sam Meeuwissen multi species angling.
Ian Crook, predator fishing
Paul Monaghan, pike fishing with flies/ fly tying
Colin Tyler. casting with a centre pin.

Fishing For Forces will be in attendance.

River guides will be available to walk the banks with you.
Accredited junior angling coach will be available.

Just turn up with your tackle, bait, unhooking mat, EA licence and a smile.
Free burgers and drinks.
You might want to bring a little cash for our charity bucket.
We will be accepting new members on the day, cash, card and cheque.
Plenty of parking.
No WiFi on the bank, another good reason to join us.

Check us out at
Twyford & District Fishing Club

Nearest post code. RG10 9RY. Look for Loddon Drive and the road signs. Use Google for ‘St Patrick’s Stream’
Off the A4 between Charvil and Twyford.

As usual all Barbel Society members are always welcome

Hope to see you there,
Dave Johnson

By |May 19th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Twyford & District – Open Day 7th July|

Barbel Show + AGM 2018 2nd/ 3rd June

Barbel Show
Sunday June 3rd

John Bailey
Dr Paul Garner
Des Taylor
Dave Steuart
Archie Braddock
Tony Gibson
Catie Gutmann-Roberts

New Venue for 2018

Wroxall Abbey Hotel, Birmingham Road, Wroxall, CV35 7NB.
Wroxall Abbey

Members £10, Non-members £12
Partners & Children under 16 free entry

To purchase tickets CLICK HERE
Alternatively you can pay on the door on the day

The Barbel Society AGM will be;

Saturday June 2nd, 2pm @ Wroxall Abbey Hotel

By |May 14th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Barbel Show + AGM 2018 2nd/ 3rd June|

Barbel Society Newsletter – February 2018

Editor’s Note:

My plan was for the next newsletter to come out in March, however there has been so much going on within the Barbel Society that we felt a February newsletter was appropriate to keep everyone up to date and well informed.

Andy Degville

Marsh Pratley

It’s both sad and good news regarding Marsh. Those of you who watched ‘Des Taylor Live’ last week, 9th Feb, will be aware of the very sad turn in health of Marsh Pratley. The Society has great pleasure in announcing the news that Marsh Pratley has accepted our invitation to become an Honorary Vice President. Marsh is very well known in the angling world, especially among carp anglers as he is the owner of Orchid Lakes in Oxford. Prior to that Marsh was one of the leading all round specimen anglers in the country and when the Barbel Society was formed Marsh was the General Secretary of the National Association of Specialist Anglers ( NASA). Marsh played an integral part in the early days of the Society and has remained a firm supporter ever since. It was Marsh who brought Peter Stone to the meeting where the Society was formed and there is no doubt that Peter’s presence was a key reason for the success of the Barbel Society and we will forever owe a debt of thanks to Marsh. He joins an illustrious list of names and we are extremely proud and honoured to include Marsh alongside them.

Through recent contact with Marsh he has requested that we auction, on his behalf, his ‘Fred Crouch Barbel Perfection’ split cane rod. Unused, this is number one, of a limited edition of 25 rods, complete with certificate of authenticity signed by Fred […]

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Barbel Society Newsletter – November 2017

Editor’s Note:

Hi everyone, and welcome to the latest Barbel Society newsletter. I’ve recently taken on the role of Newsletter Editor and aim to send out regular updates, hopefully one every couple of months. The Society’s members and the committee are working hard on many fronts, and our membership continues to grow. The annual RC&L auction should be out soon and plans are in hand for next year’s BS Show. The RC&L team have been busy, recently attending meetings with the Angling Trust and PAG (Predation Action Group). The latest Barbel Fisher magazine is about to go off to the publishers and should be out before the end of the year. Plans are ongoing for several European events in both this country and abroad. Negotiations are in progress regarding potential new waters to be added to our portfolio next season. This summary is not inclusive of everything that is happening, merely just a flavour of the activity that is ongoing

Andy Degville

Dates for your diaries

• Barbel Society and Association Barbillons De France family friendly event April 4th to 10th 2018 – Camping desplages Rochefort sur Loire. A family friendly barbel fishing event around the Loire Valley. Please follow the link on the BS website for more information or contact Christophe on 07909 918 036

• Barbel Society meeting with our German colleagues @ Bochum Germany – May 5th A gathering of barbel anglers to discuss many issues regarding catch and release and much more…… for more information or contact Christophe on 07909 918 036

• Barbel Society AGM – Saturday May 26th @ Chesford Grange Hotel – Time tbc

• BS Annual Show – Sunday May 27th @ Chesford Grange Hotel – 9am to 5pm

• European “meet and greet” […]

By |November 16th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Barbel Society Newsletter – November 2017|

Barbel Society Fisheries Flyby

Courtesy of Martyn Phillips from Aerial Alien, here is a flyby video over our three sections of river that we run on the River Trent at Sutton, River Severn at Pixham Ferry and River Teme at Bransford

By |November 14th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Barbel Society Fisheries Flyby|