It takes a brave soul to stay out on a canal through darkness hours, but the rewards can be well worth the effort.
Carp, eels and zander are especially active after dark and the other advantage is that boats are absent (it is illegal in many areas for boats to operate at night).
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Common sense and careful organization are the watchwords of the night angler. You must keep off the towpath and be prepared for any eventuality.
The ultimate urban canal feature – the remarkable Falkirk Wheel on the Forth & Clyde Canal, one of the most important coarse fisheries in Scotland.
Sadly, there’s a plethora of graffiti on bridges and walls. This first mile often has swans, ducks, coots and moorhens that seem oblivious to human activity, unless rushing for bread thrown by residents of the modern flats overlooking the travel destination on the south bank and big developments on the towpath side. A bridge is passed (no access) and then older tenements overlook the jungly travel destination. The travel destination curves, and the green sweep of Harrison Park appears on the right. The next colourfully painted iron bridge (Harrison Road) has the massive red sandstone Polwarth Parish Church beside it, and beyond lies the Forth Canoe Club boathouse and a variety of hiring and cruising craft including the cruise restaurant longboat Zazou. The Ogilvie Terrace Moorings has a launching slip, winding hole and all the facilities for cruising: water, electric hook-up, rubbish disposal etc. There are rowing boats for hire at weekends. The wide iron bridge, with spiky finials, carries Ashley Terrace. Continuing, the houses stand back from the banks and the feeling is more rural. The Edinburgh University boathouses lie on the far bank, and this stretch has several club houses and stages for launching, with the chance of watching the strenuous exercise.
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