Meet the Fishers
It is of course well known that different groups of people use the rivers and lakes in different ways. Paddlers and those that go fishing for example don’t always see eye-to-eye and suspect the activities of one spoil the enjoyment of the other.
Fortunately this is largely nonsense. In the neck of the creek where we go paddling no motorised boats are allowed on the river anyway – therefore half the fishermen are paddlers – even if you think the punts are hardly worthy of the name boats.
In my experience all that the fishers require is for you to give them as wide a berth as possible and to glide past quietly. A small wave doesn’t go amiss, and if they seem talkative (rare I know) then an enquiry after the catch.
On the Célé river the ‘Friends of the Célé’ have arranged it so that the fishers have the river in the early morning and evening and the paddlers have it between times. It works well and everyone shares the river with respect, even when the rules are gently broken.