End of the season is nearly upon us. Some new photos are on 2016-2017 photos limk
Cabin has been a great success! If you have not been up please do, you only need to bring milk,- tea, coffee, water and biscuits etc all available please help yourselves.
We did have an issue with access up the farm lane but that has been resolved. Access is back to normal, beware the weir field can get boggy in wet weather.
79 barbel reported 16-17 the largest going to DH 15.06, lovely fish. Numerous chubb biggest 6.04. RM had a lovely 5 chubb haul couple of weeks ago all the chubb over 5 with 1 going 6.03.
Getting used to this but the weather was again weird, we had wet start to the summer, then a lengthy period from end of September right through to February where the river was low and clear for large periods with only a little rain in between.
There were a lot of salmon and sea trout seen this season.
End of the season coming up and time for renewal.
Good News we have managed to hold the fees for the coming year, 17/18 season will be same as last year.at £190.00 before 31st March, £225.00 after 1st April.
I do have a couple of people on the waiting list, if you do not wish to renew, can you drop me a line please?
Been another moist week! The weather being very unsettled. Some nice Chub have been caught, number of 5's out of Woodgreen and the first 6lb fish at Charford to who else ? DH!! Beautiful fish looked to have some slight damage to the vent area in keeping with spawning, apart from that looked really good (I took the photo for Dave, bit of an honour!!)
I have been trying lob worms, had a lot of Brown trout, look like most of them are naturals, there has been another fish release from the trout farm above Downton, so you may find the odd rainbow around, if you catch one please remove from the water.
The weed is coming on but is still behind and the Mayfly is still hatching, the fish have started to take them, but no big hatches so no big rises to report, although you will see the odd fish taking!
Cut the banks down by the small weir at the bottom of Woodgreen, this week, does look really good down there!
Been a quiet start to the season, the weather has been a little on the cool side so the weed is a little late. The May fly are also a little late, but last couple of days have started coming off in some numbers, there were a few fish rising, especially down the bottom of the dog leg. DH has managed 3 Barbel to start the season 2 10's and a 9. I have been out with some lob worms had a number of Brownies and a couple of nice chub, biggest a 5.7lb.
Now some good news, we now have a hut on the island. This is for all in the fishery to use, please take care, its on a combination lock, number is on your permit. There is a small gas hob and bottled water with tea and coffee etc available please help yourselves. If you want milk take some with you! I need to say thank you to all that helped me get the shed up, Reg and Mary Hunt, Dave Howes, Steve Howes, Adrian Wildfire, Craig Smithson, Tony Booker and last but not least Butch (the farmer), big thank you for your help, could not have done it with out you!!!
Had Ken Campbell opened the cabin on Thursday with my friend Adrian, thought it was a nice touch, as Ken started the fishery over 35 years ago.
Look forward to seeing you on the bank.
Hi, once again remiss in posting updates.
Season end was quite quiet due to the cold weather, there was a nice Barbel 11lb caught above Hale bridge, lots of chub none very large some nice pike nothing huge though.
Been clearing the end of the island ready for the shed. Aim to put the base down this weekend, and the shed turns up next weekend, bank holiday 28th May. If anyone would like to lend a hand please drop me a line?
River looks good saw my first Damsel fly this Saturday a Beautiful Demoiselle blue male and a non descript female, trimmed the paths up the island, had a couple of guys down fly fishing and a couple of Salmon anglers.
Sunday (15th May) went up and burnt off a couple of logs to help clear the area for the shed. River is starting to come to life lots of sedge around, the Grannom hatch this year was good but not spectacular. Saw a couple of olive's come of not sure what type. Just as I was off saw a Mayfly hatch only the 1 but sure they will start off soon if the weather improves, after a nice couple of weekends the weather is turning with low pressure and south westerly and of course the odd bit of rain!!
Just a quick note, we had a prodigious amount of rain, the river is up around 120mm (6 inches in old money) and rising! Lovely brown colour, with the forecast being as it is the weekend looks rather good with the temperature on the rise and only showers forecast. The river should have peaked by tomorrow lunchtime, and start fining down, so by Friday it will be in rather good nick.
5th and 6th March.
Penultimate weekend of the season and Saturday was quite busy. There were a few down on the Friday as well.
Anyway the weather being cold and sunny with a river that has cleared and a dropping level. All the hallmarks of good fishing conditions!!
It was hard there were a few Chub had on the float, I tried my had at Pike with herring deadbaits managed 1 take and struck too early and missed the fish which hung on for a short time then jus spat the herring out. Tried to get some interest with a couple more casts to the area but that was that! Saw DH and CS down Woodgreen, but no bites, the was a biting Northerly and when I met them it was getting on with the sun setting (beautiful sunset) so did the temp.
Sunday was a surprise, had a drive round and nobody on the water. I decided to try for some Chub on the float up at Charford, DH came up same tatics float with breadflake. I tried the island but only managed 1 bite which I missed, the sun was out and the river was looking rather clear. Anyway tried the top arm from the farm side and the side stream off the top of the weir no more interest. Decided to try North st the sky had clouded over and the temp had started to drop. DH had a fish nearly first cast, I managed to hook a nice Chub, but lost it at the net. I moved down to the last swim in the first meadow and tried there but no luck, DH had another Chub. I decided to move into the next meadow and without putting any mash in managed to hook a good Chub, only to have it on for a couple of minutes and then the hook pulled, hard fishing and I managed to lose 2!! Persevered and a couple of cast later hooked and landed another Chub around 3lbs, went back to the swims I had tried earlier and no luck, did manage 1 more small Chub, DH finished with 5. Hard work but still very enjoyable, bloomin cold though.
Last weekend coming up, could be busy, had a few guys tell me they are bringing guests so beware.
27th and 28TH Feb
Hi, few guys around on the Sat, DH down Woodgreen had a Chub and a very pretty Carp (Carp was caught on the Friday). Couple of guys up at Charford, but not much happening up there.
I decided to take some Sardines and go after the Pike, walked up to Charford weir from the bridge, big slack on this bank, first cast had the bait snaffled but after giving it a little time to run struck into nothing, saw a small flash as I struck, bait came back with some teeth marks think it was a small jack. Next cast saw me stuck on a snag!! Moved round the slack and hooked up what felt like a nice fish, ran out into the current, just got its head round and out comes the hooks!! Next cast had a jack around 8, nice fish.
Though I would try Woodgreen for some pike on Sunday, my mate Adrian cam down and off we went. Not another person on the water! Adrian had 1 fish of 14.7lbs and lost another, and even though we tried all the way down to the bottom boundary did not have another bite!!
Just as a note, seen 6 pike in the last few weeks and everyone of them have had their top part of the tail fins bitten off!!
Hoping the weather might pick up slightly for next weekend, it has been dry but the wind was cold.
Hope to see you on the bank.
Found DH and CS on the bank down Woodgreen on Sat morning Dh had a chub around 4. Met Pete from the Spinners pike fishing in the first meadow, he managed a fine fish of 19lbs. CS later had 8 chub and a 17lb carp. DH had another chub.
I decided to fish by the big willow below the dogleg for a few hours Sat afternoon managed 1 bite which I missed, was very mild and needed the brollie, but a pleasant afternoon.
Sunday tried North St, again very mild brisk wind from south west, started at the top and tried a couple of swims, missed a decent bite and that was that. Walked down the bank and met JH who had just had a 5lb chub. You can't win them all!!Try again next week.
13th / 14th Feb
Met DH and CS on the bank on Saturday DH had been down on the Friday and had a rather good day on the float. Long trotting with bread he had 8 Chub. Biggest at 5.13lb which is rather good on light float gear.
I found both of them down Woodgreen sheltering beneath brollies with a brisk northerly. DH had had 2 bites and lost both one after a huge run downstream which almost had his line to the backing before the hook pulled.
The river is high but actually looks very good, the colour of the week before had fined out, there was a tinge but as I said looked really nice. DH and CS being a little cold walked with me down to the bottom of the fishery. There are a couple of new snags in the second meadow in between the bends, could be the old oak bough that used to be on the upstream side of the riffle??
The forecast is not too good for the week but looks to improve temp wise for the weekend although there could be a drop rain around.
Hope to see you down on the bank.
Been a while since my last update!!
The very mild winter has been rather wet since October. The river is now only just in its banks and if there is much more rain we could be over the banks altogether! This weekends forecast is for more rain!!
Couple of people have gotten stuck up at Charford, due to this the gate up to the weir has been locked by Butch (the farmer). Park adjacent to the hedgerow/fence line by the looked gate. Do not block the lane. Any questions give me a call, don’t want to upset Butch if possible.
There have been some rather large Chub caught, biggest reported was 6.10lb which is a good fish.
No Barbel have been reported lately, although up until now it has been a good with 3 15lbs reported.
I was out weekend before last with my friend Adrian, decided to go piking which was good fun. The river was a little more coloured than I would normally like for pike fishing, but we had 3 good fish. Biggest was a very short fish that, before it went in the net did not look as though it would go 15lbs. Once in the net we quickly realised that it was very fat, and actually went 22.05lbs. It is the fattest pike I have ever seen, no idea what it is feeding on but absolutely beautiful fish!! We managed 2 others, a 14.6 and a 11.7, both in very good condition.
There have been some reports of carp getting hooked DH had a 17.04 common down by Mary’s swim at Woodgreen couple of weeks ago and this last week end he also hooked another 2, Dave reckoned the biggest a mirror was over 20 with another mid teen, both lost at the net with the hook pulling.
Hope to see you on the bank.
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