About Carlisle Angling Association
Carlisle Angling Association had it’s birth at a meeting held in the Royal Hotel on Friday, 17th December 1852 when it was resolved “That an Association be formed for the better protection of the River Eden and it’s tributaries with a view to the preservation and increase of the fish therein and for the improvement of angling in the District.” Those attending the meeting were men of some means, owners of small businesses, professional men and shopkeepers. In those days the working men were too poor to pursue angling as a sport.
Carlisle Angling Association at Work
The Association endeavours to maintain all waters under their control to a high standard. Each year club members are invited to volunteer to help with bank clearance to aid access to the water. There are also weed cutting parties in the summer when levels permit and over the years we have carried out extensive work on the riverbanks to prevent bank erosion. Members willing to contribute to our efforts should contact us.
Each year Carlisle Angling Association organises a free, fun and informative day in Rickerby Park on the banks of the River Eden in Carlisle for youngsters up to 16 years of age who may be interested in fishing. This is a great day out for any youngster who wants to have a go at fishing, they are given the opportunity to try both fly fishing and bait fishing with qualified instructors on hand throughout the day to help them improve their fishing and casting skills.
Youngsters get the chance to learn about safety when they are near water, they learn about the river plants and invertebrates (insects that live in the river), and the fish and wild life of the River Eden with experts from the Eden Rivers Trust and Borderlines. There are free competitions for all to enter such as fly and bait casting, tying the best fly, identifying the invertebrates and much more culminating in a quiz at the end of the day and the presentation of some superb prizes kindly donated by the club and local tackle shops. Drinks and snacks are provided for those taking part on the day.
Service to Sport
One of our members, Ronnie Witt, recently won a Service to Sport Award for extra dedicated service. The award, sponsored by Active Cumbria, is awarded to persons demonstrating outstanding commitment and dedication to sport over a long period of time.