Updated 9th March.
51 fish caught at Albury, Friday. 54 on Saturday.
Great fishing everywhere. Nice weather on the way too, which we have certainly earned. Brightening up significantly for several days. It will also give the ground a chance to dry out, so please be careful on the still very soggy banks.
Weedcutting at Wood Lodge Pool Weston last 2 days has freed up most of the lake, but at this time of year, we can get flotsam forming on most lakes, as we start to see photosynthesis taking hold (thank goodness!)
243 fish landed at Albury in the week to Sunday 2nd March. Good steady fishing.
Remember that all green fish tokens expire on 31st March.
Good water clarity on most waters, as any stormwater flow is shut off to vulnerable lakes. Carrying colour at present is Millhouse lake Weston.
Cats Whiskers and BFDs are catching most fish. As a variant to a BFD try a Hothead Damsel with a bright orange bead as this acts as a trigger point to a taking fish. With the milder weather look to be more imitative with your fly choice, small nymphs and buzzers should start to catch a fish or two.
Powdermills – anglers catching quite quickly here. Ensure you have enough fish tokens in reserve.
Park Lake closed for maintenance, central drainage has just been improved.
Prospectus now available for Albury Park Syndicate, new season starts April 2014. If you like peace and quiet when you fish, a Parkland setting, bespoke brown trout river fishing, your own exclusive lake, access to all the day waters, and a guest to fish with at any tine, then this could be the fishery for you. Enquiries to Tony Hern please.
Weston - Powder Mills - Vale - Park
BBC Weather Forecast for Albury
Excellent fishing right now.
Some rain around, but much drier overall, fish still well up in the water and moving nicely, responding mostly to Cats or BFDs fished high in the water on floating lines.
Best fish out, a nice 10lb 8oz rainbow for season rod Paul Sheppard (second double of the winter), taken on a BFD on 26th Feb.
A number of quite large bags taken, and a big catch total for the week of 113 to 2nd March.
5 fish for Stasys Vala, F Shumack and David Taylor; 4 fish bags for R Judd, S Chamberlain, R Fiander, Iain Tonks, Steve Beck, Tony Jackman, Paul Sheppard, Michael Phyall, Barry Hemmings, Artur Lukasczwicz and M Shine.
Clarities – top two lakes really good, some floating debris on Wood Lodge Pool, and weedcutting now underway here, but a plentiful throughput of water. The lower Millhouse lake still suffering from a yellowy taint from sandy run off during the stormy period.
River fishing – Office Beat – alongside Millhouse Lake, will reopen on 1st April, accessible to anybody with day or season membership.
A security gate is installed at the entrance. Swipe your membership card through the reader to gain access – any problems, please phone the bailiff on 07976 810737 who will supply you with an entry code. If you card has less than 8 digits, add zeros at the start to complete an 8 digit number.
A reminder of our prices: membership is £7 (until 28th February), 2 fish tokens £21 and 4 fish tokens £35. New members £2 for a membership card. Winter Season rods are now available from £195, for 10 fish, a really good way to fish through the winter months.
Catch results for all Albury waters – 243 trout were landed in the week to 2nd March. For preceding weeks this year, the combined catch totals were 281 trout (w/e 23rd Feb), 92 trout (w/e 16th Feb), 119 trout (w/e 9th Feb) and 127 trout (w/e 2nd Feb).
Consistent sport here at the moment with anglers catching some quality fish of a healthy average size with many fish weighing in over 5lbs. Best of the fishing is only about a metre down in the water. With a closed inlet, the worst of the recent storm-water has been shut out of the lake, so water clarity is very good for the time of year. Expect a little early season colour soon from diatoms.
24 fish landed in the week to 2nd March.
Best recent fish weights – 9lb 4 oz and 9lb rainbows for John Williams, both to a Damsel nymph, 8lb 4oz to Roger Golding, 7lb 8oz to Eric Leaver on BFD, and, 7lbs to Richard Flanders on an Olive Minky.
Best patterns: Cats, BFDs and Fritz patterns – a marabou tail seems to be key.
The river section here reopens for a new season on 1st April.
Meanwhile, remember that your current (green) fish tokens will expire on 31st March.
With the weather improving steadily now, fish are almost exclusively being taken in the first metre of water, the river is not carrying quite so much colour, and the banks getting a chance to dry out.
Belmount offers the best clarity, with more stocking concentrated here whilst the river clears of it’s silt load.
Another good week for catch with 106 fish landed at Vale End, during the seven days to 2nd March.
lBlueFlashDamsel, Minkie and Cats Whiskers accounted for most of the catch, with also bloodworm, buzzer and even GRHE beginning to take a few fish.
Of the best bags, 6 fish for Jon Moxon, 5 fish for Clive Onley and David Embleton, and bags of 4 fish for John Howe, Mark Jeffery, Peter Bernhardt, T Scoble, Steve Allum, Paul Egan and Nigel Connell.
All river sections are now closed until 1st April, but the two lakes will be open throughout the winter – there may be some lake drainage after Xmas, keep an eye here for any news on this.
Free lessons here on Friday 11th April with the return of the ‘Flyfish’ event. Book in for a free 30 minute casting tutorial. Groups welcome.
Park Syndicate reopens on 1st April for a new season.
Over the winter, we have drained and reshaped the floor of the lake to assist with more effective drainage.
There is Fishability UK day on 15th March. More info at www.fishabilityuk.org
Meanwhile on the river section, winter work on the beats has focused on bank strengthening on Lodge Beat, and Church Beat, by installing a succession of small weirs to improve fish holding qualities here.
For those of you wishing to renew your Syndicate membership, or those interested in taking out a new application, we now have a new prospectus available for 2014. Please email Tony.
Reflecting on last summer’s fishing, here are some lake fish taken during the warmer months………
If you have not fished in the Park before, it’s two greatest attributes are the peace and quiet the stunning Parkland setting contributes towards a generally ‘more undisturbed’ day than on the busier day waters – and – the bespoke stocking of the Tillingbourne beats with hard fighting brown trout.
Fishing here is the very best that the Estate has to offer, with guests able to fish with you at any time. One or two vacancies still on offer, so please enquire by emailing Tony.
The recently introduced Family Rod enables up to two family members to fish at any time, including a guest at any time.
Latest news from Syon Park
Updated 3rd March
Another very mixed bag of weather last week but thankfully a couple of dry days saw some angling activity with 146 fish taken (week ending 2nd). Please note that the day membership offer of £7.00 for February and March has now finished and remains at £11.00 for the remainder of the season until March 31st. Remember that if you have any green tickets, they must be used befor the end of March, we will start the new season’s tckets on April 1st.
How’s it fishing - Syon
BBC Weather Forecast for Syon
Another very mixed bag of weather last week but it wasn’t a total washout. 146 fish taken (week ending 2nd March) including an 8lb and 6lb for Joe Hersey on a Blue Flash Damsel and Buzzer respectively. Blue Flash Damsel and Cats Whisker patterns both did very well but a few fish now being taken on Buzzers and Nymphs when it isn’t too windy!
The brown stain in the water caused by last month’s torrential rain is now clearing nicely and the fish are now much more evenly disributed around the fishery, with the shallow end (between the entrace and the bridge) fishing particularly well, but like all of the larger fisheries it pays to move around the banks; don’t stick to an unproductive spot. Quite often the first cast at a new spot can produce a take, so move up and down the bank every few casts.
Most anglers finding success in the top 3 feet of water with floating lines, a longish leader and the goldhead favourites; Blue Flash Damsel, Cats Whisker, Montana and the occasional brightly coloured winter lures, although on calmer days some fish are now being taken on Buzzers.
The best tactic is to keep mobile, Obviously the banks at Syon remain very muddy in places, please bring your wellies!!
Sky TV’s visit to Syon Park was screened on Friday (7th Feb) filmed with presenter Keith Arthur for ‘Tight Lines’ fishing programme on Sky Sports. The programme will be repeated on SKy Sports or Keith’s 8.5 minute session at Syon can be viewed on line on the ‘Tight Lines’ web site on Sky Sports.
If you are a first time visitor to the fishery, please call the duty bailiff on 07956 378138, preferably the day before your visit to obtain the code to enter into the keypad on the gate entry system. Once on the fishery the bailiff will issue you a membership card which will give you access via a barcode swipe system. Please note that the gate code is regularly changed; use your card!