Sheffield and Tinsley: what's in it?

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Sheffield and Tinsley: what's in it?

Post by Stathamender » Wed Mar 23, 2016 12:32 pm

There are a number of locks between the start of the canal in Sheffield Victoria Basin and where it joins the Don to make the S Yorks Navigation. It has two series of locks, one, at Tinsley to raise the level from the river and a second, at Carbrook, to gain the necessary height for a level flow into the city centre. This second sequence of six locks known as the Tinsley Flight (locks 1-6 as the locks are numbered from the city end not the Don end) has quite large inter-lock pounds which are more like round ponds, as you can see here: ... a=!3m1!1e3, 1-2 and 2-3 have narrow boat moorings in them which provide an indication of scale, but it's in 3-6 that most of the fishing takes place. The well-known 'Plumpers' stretch (named after a pub that used to be at the Northern end) is between 6 and 7/8 and 9-12 start near Meadowhall Centre and connect to the Don ... a=!3m1!1e3.

CRT has been doing a lot of work on replacing lock gates in the last few years which has meant draining some pounds and they've electro-fished them and transferred the fish between pounds. It wasn't exactly clear which pounds had been cleared and where the fish had been taken so I asked the CRT for details and got the reply below which casts a fascinating light on what's actually in the canal:

Tinsley pound 6 to 7 moved to pound 5 to 6
carp - 18lb x 12
Bream - 2lb x 12
Roach pike perch

pound 7 to 8 moved to pound 5 to 6
Carp X3 - 21lb
Roach, few bream - 3lb and pike -12lb

pound 9 to 10 moved to pound 11to 12
21 carp -25lb
Pike - 14 lb
Roach -12oz
Bream to 3lb
Few Eels 2lb
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Re: Sheffield and Tinsley: what's in it?

Post by AshbyCut » Wed Mar 23, 2016 12:40 pm

That's fascinating information, Sir ... thanks for sharing.
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