Latest news from Albury
Updated 24th April.
Great fishing everywhere. Weston and Vale End have excellent clarity right now, so spotting and casting to fish is a delight. Fish were spooking quite easily in the very bright weather of last week, careful casting can usually make the difference here. Powdermills carrying some colour now, diatom algae.
The weather went down hill over the Easter weekend, Easter Day was a particularly grotty day (only 8 anglers ventured forth), but over the week to 20th April, 330 fish were caught at Albury. Good Friday saw 74 fish caught, Vale End producing 47 fish, best bag for Mick Hook, 8 fish.
10lb5oz rainbow taken at Powdermills this morning, by Stephen James, to a Viva nymph.
You can now purchase your memberships and fish tokens online, and get your fishing at 2013 prices. For bank sales, cash or cheque is best.
Remember that all green fish tokens have now expired as from 1st April 2014.
The river beats opened on 1st April and have proved popular, with a mix of wild and stocked fish being caught. Most fish have fallen to small weighted nymphs in sizes 16 to 18. Try PTN and GRHE. Office beat at Weston offers a good chance of a wild brown trout.
BFDs and GRHE are now catching most fish. The chief food item around is the buzzer, with lots of damsel nymphs now getting about on the top of the weed. Often pays to fish just above here!
For dries, now beginning to work, try emerging patterns of GRHE, also, Greenwells, CDC patterns or a Hawthorn.
Powdermills – Ensure you have enough fish tokens in reserve. Some blanket weed now forming here following the recent bright weather.
Some places still available on the Albury Park Syndicate, new season now upon us, as from 1st 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. For enquiries, or a prospectus, please contact Tony Hern.
Weston - Powder Mills - Vale - Park
BBC Weather Forecast for Albury
Excellent fishing right now.
Great clarity in upper two waters, still a little colour in Millhouse.
Prices for 2014: If you go online and purchase your membership and tokens there, you can still enjoy 2013 prices. For ‘on the bank sales’,a new membership card is £3, Day membership is £12, two fish tokens are £21, four fish tokens are £36.
Dry and overcast produced some ideal conditions last week, anglers taking 80 fish at Weston’s waters in the seven days to 20th April.
Office Beat, alongside Millhouse, is open to all day and season anglers.
Catch results for all Albury waters – 220 trout were taken in the week to 13th April.
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. Still great clarity at present, but expect a little early season colour soon from diatoms.
In the week to 20th April, anglers landed 16 lake fish and 3 river fish.
Best rainbow weights recently – 7lb 8oz for D Lee and 9lb for Simon West, both on 31st March.
Best patterns: Cats, BFDs and Fritz patterns – GRHE and buzzers now taking fish as the buzzer hatch gets going.
On the river section here, the season lasts from April to September inclusive, fish caught only cost you one token, but two tokens for each lake fish.
Some lovely weather in the run up to Easter, and great fishing at this venue – 146 fish taken in the seven days to 20th April.
Best patterns, BFDs and GRHE, fish are just beneath the surface now.
Clarity on both lakes now excellent.
Classic fly hatches such as the mayfly should be earlier than normal this year, expect some around at the end of April. For the meantime, plenty of damsel nymph in the water, and lots of buzzer.
Best recent fish – 7lb 4oz rainbow for Julian March (21st April) to a BFD; 9lb 12oz rainbow for Keith Andreae (21st March) to a White Lure.
All river sections now open again, and we are looking forward to some excellent sport on a freshly scoured riverbed.
Flyfish14 was held here on Fri 11th April, with 28 casting lessons undertaken, and a catch rate of 80%. Next teaching day on Sat 17th May now fully subscribed. Let me know details of any groups that need instruction, and we can provide another teaching day.
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.
Lake and river beats have been fishing well in the first few of weeks of the season. Park Lake is stained brown with a diatom (early season algae) but should clear in the next week or two. Banks have dried well lakeside, but river beat sections are still quite soggy in places. Planting reed plants is helping to firm up the banks. Meanwhile, new pools enhanced by ironstone weirs are proving to be useful additions to the portfolio of Park fishing.
In the week to 20th April, 56 lake rainbow and 44 river browns came to the net. There is a healthy population of wild brown showing, having survived the high winter levels. Pretty much all river fish to nymph so far – PTN and GRHE scoring highly – whilst BFDs and PTNs taking most on the lake.
Fishing here also gives you access to the entire day water system at Albury.
Winter work has included:
For those of you interested in taking out a new application, we have a new prospectus available for 2014. Please email Tony.
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.
Latest news from Syon Park
Updated 21st April
Unfortunately another period of warm dry weather has come to an end, Sunday in particular was a bit of a washout, but 187 fish were taken last week including a 6lb Brown for Ben Christopherson. Very clear water has meant that Buzzer and other imitative patterns are beginning to score well. Some good hatches during the sunny interludes saw nymphs taken just sub-surface.
How’s it fishing - Syon
BBC Weather Forecast for Syon
Sadly another period of warm settled weather seems to have come to an end, Sunday in particular was a bit of a washout, but 187 fish were taken (week ending 20th April) including a 6lb Brown for Ben Christopherson. The water is currently gin clear with Buzzers and other imitative nymphs such as Hare’s Ear and Diawl Bach beginning to score very well when there is a ripple on the water, but in bright flat conditions be prepared to fish deeper.
Mid-morning is still the most productive time to fish with most of the bag coming from the top 3 feet of water. If conditions are flat with little or no ripple, fish over the deeper water past the bridge as the fish are easily spooked in windless conditions. Also, do not stick in one spot for too long, you will only scare off the fish; keep moving. The first or second cast in a new spot will generally produce a take.
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!