Over the years many influential anglers have been Society members, including John Goddard, Bernard Venables, Jack Hargreaves, Sir Michel Hordern, H Cholmondeley Pennell and Alfred Jardine. Halford fished Society waters as a guest, while Skues invented modern nymph fishing on what is now one of our stretches of the Itchen.
Continuing their pursuit of knowledge and sense of fellowship, the Society maintains a unique collection of fishing records, archives and memorabilia dating back to our foundation, and offers members:
- Three main meetings (including an AGM) every year, where we enjoy talks and presentations by experts, lively debate and a convivial lunch
- Informal suppers at our Avon Rod Room
- Riverside workshops on a range of topics from invertebrate sampling to chalk stream technique and grayling tactics
- Special-interest groups such as the Photographic Group, which runs its own programme of meetings, workshops and field trips. It publishes regular yearbooks and took all the photographs on this website
- A twice-yearly Journal, which has been published since 1974
- An annual pocket yearbook containing full details of all our fisheries.
Members can keep in touch through the Society’s user-friendly intranet, with its Forum, news, calendar of events, library, and reports on river conditions, hatches and effective fly patterns – designed for use on all devices from desktops to smartphones.
The Society, which incorporated in 2019, is led by an elected president who chairs a Board picked for its expertise in such fields as fisheries management, property, law, finance, science and communication.