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Irlam fishes galore! 300 tench released into Old River

The Old River in Irlam will become a haven for anglers again after 300 large tench fish were released into the waters.

Funded by a £2,226 grant from The Hamilton Davies Trust, Salford Friendly Anglers have restocked the waterway with healthy 10-inch freshwater swimmers.


Hamilton Davies are behind a number of huge community projects to revitalise Irlam, including a £2.3m refurb of Irlam station, and these Banksy-style wall paintings referencing local histoy in Cadishead.

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Chairman of Salford Friendly Anglers Mike Duddy said: “We are going to be spending considerable time, energy and cash on this venue during 2016 and hope that the work we do will finally bring the place back to life as a fishery.

“We have gone for quality rather than quantity and have bought fish that are over four years old in the knowledge that they will be ready to spawn this summer.

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“Our plan for the Old River this year includes replanting the floating islands, taking 18 inches off the depth of the lake by cleaning out the outflow channel, removing the old failing wooden platforms and replacing them with new pegs, rebuilding the disabled fishing pegs, constructing new steps down to some of the less accessible pegs, stocking more fish, planting new reed and lily beds, refurbishing the floating islands.

“The list seems endless but we are 100% committed to restoring this fishing gem to its former glory.”

Work parties for volunteers will be announced at the end of March 2016.

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Tom is SalfordOnline.com's News Editor and community co-ordinator.