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    Malcolm Bason Guest


    The National Rivers Authority - formed in 1989, in part, from the 10 independent Water authorities - introduced the single national rod licence. This, now known as the Environment Agency fishing rod licence, is valid from 1st April until 31st March.

    A bit long-winded I know, but I'm now getting to the point: The one 'Season Book' I purchased this past year was from Northants Fisheries - this runs from 1st June until 31st May.

    Why oh why can they not produce season tickets/books to coincide with the National Rod Licence? Yes, I know the immediate answer is that these season tickets/books cover rivers as well as lakes, and the Close Season runs from 15th March to 15th June, but this does not obviously apply to the vast majority of lakes. Therefore, why can't they tie in with EA's rod licence?

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    andrew jackson Guest


    Hey Malcolm whats the problem? Gives you two months to make sure you have renewed your licence. Besides anybody fortunate to have Northants ticket, should forfit any right to complain about any thing.

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    Malcolm Bason Guest


    It would be even more convenient to go and purchase both on the same day

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    Stewart Bloor Guest


    Can see your point Malcolm, but if everything was renewable at the same time then we'd have anglers complaining that it was too expensive, all in one go !!
    For myself, just for example, this season, I get my BAA card in Jan, rod licence in April and Luton card in June. It's nicely spaced out.
    Bit I can see your point, even though I do prefer it the way it is now.

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    Goose Ganderton Guest


    What the hell does it matter when the EA rod licence starts. the world and his mother knows that they run out on the 31st of March. I'm sure the EA/clubs would change all their dates so Malcolm can save a couple of bob on his bus fare. Dont be such a moaning old mini. Is this really the level of topic that this forum has stooped too. God help us all.

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    Each to his own Goose, and don't blame the Forum, you, and everyone who posts to it, set how low or high it stoops.

    Like any Forum it's here to give EVERYBODY a chance to express an instant opinion, or make a comment, and you're going to get a wide variety of messages posted. What's important to one person will be insignificant to another, but that's the name of the game.

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    Ron Clay Guest


    Since I have lived back in this country I have heard all sorts of whinges regarding the National Rod Licence. As for me I think it's great, having one licence that enables you to fish all over England and Wales, and with two rods too. I the old days you had to carry several rod licences, and two of them if you wanted to fish two rods. If you lived near Sheffield where I did the number of licences requied were horrific

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    Malcolm Bason Guest


    I'm so sorry to have disappointed you Goose! I'll try not to bring the forum down to such a low level again! For your information - I was not 'moaning' but simply pointing out the difference. Some people have chosen to offer a reasoned answer to my question on this thread! I would prefer to purchase both at the same time, but obviously others who spend a lot of money on different books prefer the cost to spread over the year - I can appreciate that. And, furthermore, I respect their views. What are your views Goose? Perhaps I might just respect those too?

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    Malcolm Bason Guest


    Hello Ron, one of the reasons I wanted to start this thread in the first place was because of the confused state of affairs the rod licencing system was in prior to the NRA producing ONE licence for the whole country! I just thought, that at that time perhaps more liaison could have taken place to ensure the start date of the new licence corresponded with the start date of the majority of season tickets/club books? Or perhaps they did? I don't know? Perhaps someone will put me right on this - someone like GOOSE for instance?

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    Rob Brownfield Guest


    Rod Licence???..hahahah..whats that then?I havent bought one in 15 years!!!

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