Many thanks for your reply, there is no real problem with the travel as I fish with my son in law and we sometimes stay away for the odd day if it is a fair distance away. I am now searching the web with the info you gave me.If you are only flyfishing WAA is not that good, as very little in Cheshire, but it does give a good variety or rivers over a wider area if you are prepared to travel. Your nearest (from Runcorn) gravel bed river is the Alyn (Rossett & Gresford Flyfishers) between Chester and Wrexham. Unfortunately no winter fishing for Grayling (even though there are plenty). Another option is the Birkin & Bollin club. A lot of water that is not overfished due to falling membership.
Rossett £50 p.a. Birkin & Bollin £40 ish - No joining fee for either.
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