Welcome to the Wiltshire Fishery Association website.
We safeguard and promote the fishery and conservation interests of our members within the Wiltshire catchment shown on the map below.
Join and help us to maintain and improve our rivers as we have been doing for over 62 years.
The Wiltshire Fishery Association (WFA) will safeguard and promote the interests of its members be they fishery owners, lessees or individual anglers on the Salisbury Avon and its tributaries upstream of the junction with the River Ebble.
In doing this, the Association will act as a co-ordinating body, a disseminator of information, a focal point for consultation by DEFRA and the appointed Agencies, together with an information and advice source for local anglers.
The WFA will cooperate with societies and bodies having similar objectives and may from time to time provide donations to protect fisheries or to facilitate research.
The WFA welcomes the designations of SSSI and SAC which now apply to the rivers of the Salisbury Avon catchment with the exception of the Ebble and will work closely with DEFRA, the Environment Agency, Natural England, the Wessex Chalk Stream and Rivers Trust and the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust to place these rivers in favourable condition and so maintain them, thereby safeguarding both fishery and conservation interests.
Our Association includes 550 individual and club members comprising:
Barford and Burcombe Club
Chisenbury Fishing Syndicate www.chisenburyfishing.com
Teffont Fishing Club
Salisbury & District Angling Club Contact Club Manager Tel: 01722321164 www.salisburydistrictac.co.uk
Services Dry Fly Fishing Club
The Wilton Fly Fishing Club Contact: Hon Secretary Tel: 01985 841192
Wiltshire River Keepers Association
Wylye Fly Fishing Club: Tel: 01747 861233 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We foster good relations with the following Associations:
Wessex Chalk Streams and Rivers Trust
Wiltshire Wildlife Trust
Salmon & Trout Association
The Riverfly Partnership
Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust
The Angling Trust
We represent the interests of riparian owners, fishery managers and keepers, club and syndicate tenants, and an increasing number of individual anglers. All of these come together to support our work, knowing that the future of these wonderful waters cannot be taken for granted, and that the fishing we all value so highly could all too easily decline unless an organisation existed to ensure by every possible means that this does not happen. We provide an effective and respected voice for our members, and indeed for all who love these rivers, but the more members we have the greater our ability to ensure that the very real threats that exist are kept at bay.
The rivers we fish are very special, but they are the result of centuries of modification and management, not just to provide fishing, but also to drive industries via mills, enhance agriculture, and provide domestic water supplies. The evidence of this management is still visible – hatches, sluices and side channels, carriers and weirs to name but the most obvious. Whilst many of these historic modified structures are now managed more sympathetically towards helping improve river ecology as well as fishing, the current threats to our rivers are of a different order. The greatest single pressure is the abstraction of water from the underlying aquifers to supply industrial and expanding domestic needs. Most anglers will know that flows, especially in summer, have diminished in their lifetimes, reflecting this. Couple this with the increasing risk of pollution from a variety of sources, the cost of maintaining banks and bridges and the continual pursuit of habitat improvements, and add in the uncertainty of how the rivers will react to climate change, and the need for concern becomes clear.
Please join us now; we want to ensure that your views are properly heard