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I like their 2015 fishing license....kind of reminds me of the old CAG membership cards

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Aren't day ticket costs extra? Curious, and our British friends can answer this I think- how much water is available in Great Britain that is public water without additional cost? What does an angler in GB spend a year for licenses, day tickets, etc.? For a national license, that is, IMHO, real cheap.

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"................... how much water is available in Great Britain that is public water without additional cost?..........................................."

Very little.

The real costs start when buying the access. Club book fees, day tickets, syndicate costs etc.

When I moved to the US I thought I had died and gone to heaven with the amount of "free" fishing. Of course, here, the non-resident fishing license costs can add up too if you travel to fish.

...W

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yep, kinda really does look like the old membership cards :)_

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correct Bob, a rod license does cost around 40 bucks and it entitles you to fish with two rods. If I wanted to fish with three rods I'd have to buy 2 rod licenses which entitles me to fish up to 4 rods......expect very very few places in the UK have a 4 rod limit!!

We've been campaigning for years to get this changed so we can buy the number of licenses for the number of rods we'll use. Also bear in mind that buying a rod license doesn't entitle us to fish anywhere. For that we need to buy a club or syndicate license which typically costs around 200 bucks a year and might give access to one water or up to 30 or 40 waters (sometimes rivers, canals and lakes too) Some of those waters will need an extra license (sometimes called a gold card) to fish the best lakes with the biggest fish. Sometimes to get a gold card you have to have been a member of the club for a number of years and shown positive free activity in the form of work parties to improve pegs, pull snags out of the water, build otter fences etc) before being offered the chance to buy a gold card membership. If you do get a gold card you may not be given full access to that water, you may only fish during the week and possibly for no more than 48 continuous hours, and not returning within a further 48 hours. Other times it might 'a week on, a week off' rota. On many circuit waters you will never be able to fish in a particular peg or swim because it's tied up by a small group of anglers who work out their own rota, so the next guy is just arriving as the last one is packing up. In some places this is allowed, in some frowned upon and in some not allowed, but it goes on on all circuit waters

There are some waters that cost around 1500 bucks a year to fish, some of Rob Hales waters command that fee but it's an exclusive set of waters. Some waters are classed as day ticket waters, so you either turn up and fish and the bailiff takes your cash on the bank, some you have to book in advance with the bailiff, or occasionally via the website, other still you have to book a particular peg for a particular length of time (say peg 3 called the Willows from 6am Saturday to 5am sunday. Some waters you can only book for a minimum amount of time. So at the weekend you have to book for 24 or 48 hours, nothing more or less than that. The day ticket waters are like paylakes and most of the carp are in a poor condition - that's a generalisation and not a rule - but are almost always rammed full during spring, summer and fall.

I could go on but it's boring me just typing this which is why all my fishing is now done outside of the UK, it's not a pleasant place to fish for me anymore. But to sum it up: the rod license allows you to use a rod, where you choose to fish, and upon which kind of venue costs many times more and there's always restrictions on when, where and how you can fish

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i used to pay up to 100 bucks for a weekend day ticket, and 1500 bucks a year for a syndicate spot. one of the pros of the usa scene is all that free access

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having never been to the UK, Im confused. Is there just not a lot of bodies of water available or are most/all privately owned. I realize the country is not as big as America but whats the deal??

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There are lots of commercial fisheries some have as many as 6 matches per week and comprise of 6 up to 10 lakes on 1 complex So you can always find somewhere to fish on a day ticket basis. These vary in cost from 5Pounds (9$) to 8 Pounds (12$) Then there are lots of rivers to fish all over the country some are free others are controlled by fishing clubs. With most of these you can pay a day ticket fee to fish also. I live in Texas but go over every year for the match fishing i miss since moving here. In lincolnshire there is a club called Pisces and i buy a membership that costs 30 Pounds (45$) and this then allows me to fish on any of there waters free and they have lots. This only is for my pleasure fishing but they do hold club matches which i can fish also. They have very good waters i join because i enjoy a days pleasure fishing for Barbel and Chub.

Hope this explains some of the questions you had.

Tight Lines John

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The whole of the UK (Scotland England, N Ireland and Wales) is the same size as Michigan or Oregon and contains 66 million people Todd. Land and space is at a premium so it works differently over here

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marcus and administrators: Can I copy and print marcus' post #9 for a presentation I'm doing at our Trout Unlimited chapter next week on the license fee increase in Tennessee? The fee is in line with the cost of living plus it is only the second increase in 25 years; figures out to 21% increase. I think people will appreciate what they have here in the US and TN compared to the cost of other countries. Thanks!

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lol, no problems with that mate, most Americans & Canadians don't know how good they have it with a state license - which is why most of my angling is now done over with you chaps. If I fished for Salmon and Sea Trout, my rod license would be $108 and to fish a Salmon beat up to $500 per day in addition!

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