Welcome to the Prince Albert Angling Society
NEW PAAS WATER! – Stocks Reservoir in the Forrest of Bowland
We have a limited number of Season Tickets available for this water. Season Ticket Application Form
Stocks Reservoir is a large fly fishery, some 350 acres, situated in the Forrest of Bowland at the head of the Hodder Valley. Rainbow Trout are stocked during the season and there is head of resident fish. The fishing is fly only, primarily for trout although perch may be fished for, again by fly only. Only barbless or de-barbed hooks may be used. All Trout and perch must be returned to the water unharmed. No boats or float tubes are allowed, it is strictly bank fishing only, dawn until dusk from 25th March until 31st October (inclusive).
Back in 1954 a group of friends and match anglers regularly met at the Prince Albert Pub in Newton Street Macclesfield, Cheshire. They fished either on day tickets or as guests of one of the big fishing clubs of the day. Eventually they decided to club together and rent a water of their own, the rest as they say is history.
From our humble beginnings the Prince Albert Angling Society has grown to be arguably the largest and most successful angling club in Europe with well over 220 waters, in a geographic area stretching from the Scottish Border in the North to the river Wye in the South, the Fylde Coast in the West and the Pennine Chain in the East. These waters give members the opportunity to fish coarse lakes and rivers simply for pleasure. Or for the specimen angler, numerous lakes with carp over 35lbs and lakes and rivers holding pike to 35lbs. Barbel on numerous rivers run well into double figures and specimen chub commonly feature in catches.
Equally the Game Angler can fish on reservoirs, lakes and streams and fish for salmon on large fast flowing rivers, all of this set in some of the most glorious areas of the English and Welsh Countryside. Prince Albert has a number of well stocked still water trout fisheries plus membership includes the opportunity to fish a number of large Commercial Trout Fisheries as well.
All of this is available within a well-managed and financially sound Club. All of our waters are looked after by our Bailiff Team and we have a sensible rule book by which we safeguard the interests of both our club and our members. Membership includes our famous Map Book and Guide with essential and comprehensive information about all of our waters. Biannually you’ll receive our excellent magazine – Hook Line & Sinker and membership includes access to your very own Internet Forum where you’ll find up to the minute information on everything to do with fish and fishing and have the chance to chat with fellow anglers.
In addition to regular Members Meetings held throughout the year at various locations, we have our annual Open Day in June. Set on the banks of the River Ribble at Ribchester in Lancashire, open to everyone not just members. Its a great chance to find out more about the Society, see some excellent fishing demonstrations, attend talks on all aspects of angling, grab a bargain from one of the many trade stands and experience our famous ‘bring-n-buy’ second tackle marquee.
We are always looking for the opportunity to take on new waters, however we only consider vacant waters and not those already fished by other clubs. If you are a water owner and would like to discuss the benefits of the Prince Albert Angling Society caring for your lake, pond river or stream, contact our secretary via the link below and of course if you are interested in becoming a member, follow one of the membership links.