Priory Park bridge picture gallery
PRIORY Park bridge is a new construction on a section of the River Tone in Taunton, Somerset.
I love the River Tone, its 20 minutes from home, stuffed with fish and rarely fails to deliver so for a river coarse angler it's a bit of a haven.
One of my favoutite stretches is on the Taunton AA waters and is known as the fast stretch starting just below Firepool Weir and running downstream to behind the Creech Castle.
This narrow shallow stretch is often overlooked by those not in the know and has been referred to as a ditch on first glance. call it what you like but whatever you label it it is a fish filled one!
Priory Park Bridge completed
With the new season upon us it is good to see that the works on the new bridge at Priory Park has been all but completed, the road it carries is not yet open but the groundworks are complete and the footpath is fully open again.
So now you can walk the stretch without interruption and more importantly the swims are all fully accessible again.
As this area hosts some of the most consistently productive swims that is good news but have the bridge works adversely affected the fishing?
My fishing buddy Shawn Kittridge tackled it in a short afternoon session and quickly constructed a nice bag of chub roach and dace.
His best fish was a 3-pounder that looks to have been a 4 back some time in its past, one of those old warhorse chub that have been around a while.
Trotted caster did the business for Shawn. So the new Priory Park Bridge appears to have produced a new flier of a swim and I bet the one above it is great too.