http://www.essex-fishing.co.uk/ForumsPr ... pic=1.htmlThe close season on rivers was bought in by the landed gentry to take advantage of the mayfly hatch in May June so they could fly fish in peace without the rude coarse anglers hogging the best swims. it is why many regions had different close seasons to tie in to the mayfly hatch. The need for the coarse close season was said to be that fish needed to spawn and needed to be left in peace. But that was all bolloks. they wanted the rivers to themselves. Unfortunately many anglers like the tradition of the close season, many calling for it to be reintroduced on lakes, and to my mind are their own worst enemy. There is no scientific reason for having the close season. some anglers say it makes us look caring and look good to the general public which is more bolloks as the non fishing public don't give a monkeys about us. In 1993 the close season on lakes was lifted and in about 2000 the close season on canals was lifted but on rivers it continues as an Anachronism in a modern world.