Originally formed as Solihull Police Angling Society and leased through a local agreement, a stretch of the River Blythe at Barston. You could only join in those days if you served or worked at the police station. As the years went on, the membership opened to other people within the police and the later to friends and other joining members. In recent years there were only three retired officers who were members of the club as it now draws membership from all walks of life.
Our more recent history
Solihull Police Angling lost the water at Barston in late 2014. By a happy coincidence and fortunate meetings, the club became aware that the Packington Estate was looking for a new club to fish its stretch of the River Blythe. A match made in fishy heaven and so the Blythe Angling and Conservation Society was born out of the old club.
We have mostly both bank access to the Rookwood and Hollywell beats (Stonebridge Island to Packington Ford). This is all contained within the grounds of Packington Estate and starts at a point just below the A45 at Stonebridge and runs all the way through to Packington Ford. Road references are just for ease when looking at Google maps, for instance, fishing most of the stretch, you would think that you were deep in the countryside and usually your only companions are Kingfishers and some of the other birds of prey that we are home to. Access is through the Estate and is controlled by electrically operated gates and codes. Packington is an active shooting Estate and home to a large herd of deer, it is just beautiful.
● Provision, development, and cultivation of Fly Fishing and Coarse Fishing as sporting activities.
● Conservation and development of leased water and its immediate surrounding environment, with appropriate consent from the Landowner.
● Preservation and development of indigenous brown trout, coarse fish and the management of stocked fish.
Is at the heart of what we do. Without the preservation of our precious waters and habitats, there will be no fishing for the generations to come.
It’s as simple as that really…