IMPORTANT CORONA VIRUS UPDATE - Lockdown 3
UPDATE – March 26th, 2021
'It is great news that the Angling Trust has managed to confirm their prediction that Angling has been recognised as a benefit to the Nations health and is one way to avoid catching Corona Virus while maintaining members physical and mental health in the process. The NPS is pleased to be able to relax our measures in line with the revised guidance - see link below- the main changes being that from the Monday 29th March, the limit on fishing times will revert back to those relating to the individual fisheries in our Yearbook, thus night fishing will be allowed again where our rules permit it and our Society competitions will be able to take place as planned. Unfortunately the restriction on meetings still prevents us from holding our monthly meetings and at the moment anyway, the AGM. As soon as the guidance changes and we feel able to organise those safely, we will do so and I will inform members via this site and in the monthly updates'. Stay safe and tight lines - Dale Whittaker - Honorary Secretary
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Home of fine coarse and trout fishing
The Society are very pleased to note that we have recently completed the purchase of a 5 acre area of land including 400m of the river Dove at Hatton in Derbyshire, preparations for its use are now underway and are expecting it to be fishable by Society members and their guests from June 16th 2021.
The Society has over 14 miles on the river Trent, over 2 miles of tidal Trent aswell as 2 miles of River Derwent - near Matlock. We have the only fishing on the River Greet. We have over 90 acres of coarse fishing, comprising of 6 different lakes. Including a seven acre trout lake holding Rainbows, Browns, Blues and Tiger Trout.
Our waters have been described as some of the best stretches of the best Barbel river in the country. These include long stretches of deep, navigable Trent, as well as several miles of the 'Old River Trent', which is non-navigable. The Old River Trent has hidden pools, natural weirs, fast gravel slides and deep runs with overhanging trees.
These waters are home to many species of fish including large Barbel, Chub, River Carp, Bream, Roach, Dace and predators
such as Perch and Pike.
Seven out of the top 10 match weights in the 2018 Division 1 National (including the top 3) were caught on NPS waters. Check out the Day Ticket Section
for further information.
There are three stretches which are bookable for visiting matches (Fiskerton - Rolleston & East Stoke). Two which offer Day Tickets fishing (Fiskerton & Rolleston) and one which enables non members to apply for a Guest season ticket, on part of the famous East Stoke stretch.
The society also runs annual events and guest speaker evening which are open to non members.
Founded in 1891
The Society was founded in 1891 by a small group of Nottingham gentlemen. In the early years the Society had waters around Nottingham itself as well as some of the waters that we still have today at Averham, Staythorpe and Rolleston. Those were the days when the Trent occasionally froze over.
Membership was quite small at the start but by 1916 it had grown to 160 (and today it is in the region of 750). Many famous Trent matchmen have been members over the years, but other famous people have been associated with the Society. One was Fred Kitchen, a music hall star, who was allowed to fish Society waters when in Nottingham. By way of thanks he presented the Society with the Kitchen Cup, which is still an important match on the calendar. The river at this time would have been typified by scenes such as this one at the Bromley Arms in Fiskerton.
In the early part of the 20th century salmon were still caught in numbers on the river. It is encouraging to note that they are now gradually being re-introduced. The rise of coal fired power stations made the fishing particularly good in winter, but even so, over the years, the fishing has changed tremendously. Chub, roach and dace almost disappear for 2 or 3 years before making a comeback. There is no doubt that the clean Trent of today is responsible for the return of roach and dace. However, it is the barbel that dominates today with fine specimens and all year classes present.
When looking back it is interesting to see that many of the problems of yesterday are still with us today – poaching, otters, boating incidents, and so on. However, there is one relatively new phenomenon that has had a dramatic effect on the river – the cormorant. Flocks have devastated small fish populations. However, the river has a way of re-inventing itself and, as it does, so the Society changes in empathy.
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