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Latest news from Albury, Surrey
Updated May 21st
Welcome to our new season. Tokens are pink this year. We have 2019/20 season rods and fish tokens available to purchase online and on the bank. Prices starting from £195.
An interesting weeks fishing with the Mayfly hatch just getting started which is always exciting and it should last into the beginning of June. Last week produced a catch total of 233 fish. To make the most of the mayfly hatch it is best to concentrate your efforts from early afternoon through to dark. One of the best Mayfly patterns is the Mohican Mayfly in sizes 14 and 12 (see pic below of a stunning wild brown trout with a Mohican in the side of its mouth).
Natural patterns have definitely out fished big and bright lures with the exception being the ever reliable blue flash damsel. The fish are moving in the first couple of feet of water with the exception of brighter days when the fish move slightly deeper. A must in your fly box are a range of buzzers, Pheasant Tail nymph, diawl bach and some type of hares ear pattern. Lake water clarity in most lakes is pretty good with the fish well spread. We are however getting some floating algae issues at Weston which we are keeping on top of with our weed net (see pic below).
Also other news is that if you have been fishing recently you may have met our new member of the fishery team, Steve Moon (pic below) who started a couple of weeks ago. Steve has a wealth of fishery knowledge and is a mad keen fly fisherman.
As many of you know I am competing for the England Fly Fishing Team in the Home Internationals in Northern Ireland at the beginning of July. We raised a fantastic amount in auctioning off fishing days with each member of the team, just over £1300 pounds to help fund the teams trip to Ireland which is self funded. A few of you have expressed interest in helping me going to Ireland so I have set up a Just Giving Page https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/cameron-craigs?utm_term=rVawNEAyM
Your support, interest and help with this is much appreciated and will keep you all informed on how we do.
We have released some more Teach In Day dates. They offer a fantastic introduction to fly fishing. They run for 3 hours (morning session 9am – noon and afternoon session 1pm-4pm). The price per head is £48 and includes instruction for the duration, a 1 fish ticket and tackle provision. Maximum 8 people per session. Dates are 14th June. Please book online.
A stunning brown trout weighing 8lb 12oz taken from Powdermills by Neil Eyles (see pic below).
Please note that the police and environment agency will be carrying out regular patrols of the fishery so please ensure you have a valid rod license and all fish caught are declared and paid for. The picture below is of a recent patrol.
ATTENTION ALL ANGLERS. We have recently caught and banned some anglers abusing our system and practicing catch and release which is NOT permitted on any day ticket Albury water. We now have a number of voluntary bailiff’s who will be on the look out.
We now have for sale through the website ‘Starter Fishing Outfits’ for £69.99. Included is a 9ft 5\6 weight rod, reel loaded with a floating line, tapered leader, flies and safety glasses.
In the absence of Albury Game Angling shop we will now be selling Fulling Mill flies, spools of leader and tapered leaders. These will be available from the bailiff. We will look to expand our range over a period of time.
Latest news from Syon Park, London
Updated May 16th
New season has now started with pink tokens and new pricing.
Day Member entry 08:30. Last entry is 18:00. Fishing permitted until Dusk . No Catch and Release Permitted.
Cash will not be accepted on the bank for Day/Season Memberships or for Fish Tokens. They can all be purchased online or on the bank using a Credit or Debit Card
If you are a first time visitor please call the bailiff on 07956 378138 the day before to get the gate entry code. Just start fishing, we will issue your membership/entry card and tickets on the bank. Please note that the gate entry code changes often, get used to using your card to gain entry or you won’t be able to get in!
Another 101 fish out last week. Most fish are being caught in the deeper and wider area of the lake. Buzzers, hare’s ear nymphs, and pheasant tail nymphs are doing particularly well. There has been quite a lot of interest in mayfly patterns off the top especially in the mornings and evenings. Huge hatches of buzzers and caddis in recent days. The odd olive can also be seen throughout the day. Damsel flies are also starting to appear.
The majority of fish are shoaling in the wider, deeper, area of the lake. Floating lines all the way at the moment! Leader length of 9ft should keep your fly line well out of the way of any spooky fish. Good hatches of buzzers and olives can be seen throughout the day. Water remains clear in the lake but there is some weed growth, especially in the shallow end. We are currently waiting on the weed net or boat from Albury to clear the dead floating blanket weed from this area.
We are running a young anglers day on the 25th of May, if you’re interested in getting a 10-16 year old into fly fishing please email [email protected]
Syon Park Fishery will be closed July and August 2019
The lake at Syon will be drained this year to refresh our stocks, reduce the fish lice population, and add some features to the lake.
The island will be rebuilt during this time, wetland habitat will be introduced, and silt will be managed on the lake.
James Terret caught his first every fish when his Grandad Michael Terret brought him to Syon. As you can see by the huge smile on his face he was very happy!
Michael Thacker improved on his PB with this fantastic 7lb 130z brown
Syon Park is gearing up for our first drain down in two years. The lake will be closed from the beginning of July until the end of August. There is a lot of bank work that we want accomplish which is why this drain down is longer than in previous years. An extended drain down that will hopefully coincide with a hot dry summer will also give us the best chance of heavily reducing the fish lice population. Plans for the island are being drawn up along with some Wetland Hemispheres which will increase the biodiversity of the surrounding vegetation around the lake.
Lawrence Beazley has our current biggest fish of March at 5lb 8oz but bigger fish have been stocked since. Remember to call the bailiff phone if you catch a big fish so we can enter you into the Trout Masters competition.
Andy Freeman caught the biggest fish in February. The 8lb 8oz rainbow took a BFD under the willow tree at the shallow end of the lake.
We’ve recently uploaded videos of Syon Park from the Sky! You can really appreciate the seclusion provided by Capability Browns tree line when you fly over the top and see the city sprawl around us. See Lakes From Above Page.