River Weaver, Cheshire

A picturesque river in Cheshire with a large variety of course and specimen fish to target.

River Weaver, Cheshire

The River Weaver offers some immaculate stretches of water with no end of fish to go at.

Whether you’re a veteran carp angler seeking uncaught beasts, a beginner after a bend in the rod or a course angler looking to bag up on bream on the feeder, the river Weaver has it all.

River Weaver

Tickets: Day Ticket
How much: £5
How to book: Swanlow Lane Post Office
How busy: Usually empty
Can you drive to swims: No
On site facilities: None.
Average Size: Most species run to specimen sizes
Max size: 35lb
Realistic catch rate: Plenty!
Best swims: The flash
Best rig: Cage feeder
Best bait: Pellets
Ideal experience level to catch: Beginner

Pre-baiting a specific spot, maybe even just the day before, can make your day sublime fishing for the bream and roach.

Ben Newman

The river weaver has it all, but for me, I love the variety it offers.

My favourite method is using a medium sized cage feeder rigged up on a paternoster with a two maybe three foot hook link (depending on pace of flow).

Hook size wise you don’t have to have anything scaled down really the fish are up for the food and just eat it rather than being shy, nevertheless don’t go too crude size 12 or 14 is perfect.

Using this method can result in large hauls of bream, rudd, roach, chub and the occasional tench, especially in the flash.

The average stamp of fish is pretty good and most species run in to specimen sizes in the River Weaver.

There is a flash on the river (a vary wide opening almost like a lake) in which lies the old river.

Most of the bottom on the flash is around three and a half feet deep with the old river bed being around ten feet. The flow here is virtually non existent so a great area for holding fish and natural food, an obvious area to fish.

This part of the river has had me many big bags of bream with the odd tench and the inclusion of roach, perch and Rudd.

On the lower stretches the waggler or trotting set up doesn’t work aswell as you may think and the pole is a much better option in my opinion, mainly due to the water flow isn’t very fast.

The use of a spomb is very handy for getting large amounts of bait into a distant area.

A robust feeder rod to lob those big feeders out to your desired swim is essential too.

Take a catapult to keep bait trickling in over your baited spot while waiting for a shoal to turn up and don’t forget a disgorger as you will need it.

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