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Latest news from Albury, Surrey
Updated October 7th
A much improved weeks fishing with 157 fish taken for the week with Vale End and Powdermills producing the best sport. Will Cronk took the best fish of the week with an 11lb 4oz rainbow closely followed by Vakis Paraskeva with a lovely 8lb rainbow (see pics below). However by far the most stunning fish was a fantastically marked tiger trout taken by Angie Ward from Powdermills on a tiny black buzzer.
Small lures such as BFD, montana’s and cats whisker are still working well but small nymphs and buzzers fished just under the surface will take the bulk of the fish. Dry flies have also put fish on the bank with emerger patterns such as klinkhammers and shuttlecock style flies top of the list.
We still have places left for the talk with Peter Cockwill. If your interested please see details by scrolling down. Also Winter Season Rods are available to buy online. A winters season rod offers fishing from October 1st 2019 until the end of March 2020. These months often offer some of the best fishing of the year.
The new fishing lodge at Weston is really coming on nicely with hopes that we will be up and running for the start of next season.
We have started to put together some Albury Fishing Club Events which anyone is welcome to attend. To book a place order on line or email [email protected]
Grayling Fishing on the Lower Itchen October 17th 2019. Book a place now.
An Evening with Peter Cockwill at The Drummond Pub November 13th (not 3rd) 2019
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 October 14th
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!
Syon Park Fishery Is Open!
Lake temperatures have dropped over the last two weeks and fishing has picked up. Most fish are being picked up on buzzers, pheasant tail nymphs, and diawl bachs. Fish we’ve spooned in recent days have been feeding on shrimp and water fleas. Smaller flies are getting more action than the larger ones. Size 16 black buzzers fished between 1-3ft have taken fish around the bridge. Small black gnats have also caught off the top in this area with klinkhammers also seeing some interest. Sunken daddies have accounted for fish, mostly on the drop. Lures been picking up a few in the main bowl past the island. Depth of fish in the main bowl has been between 2 and 6ft. It could be worth fishing a sinking line in this area to get down to the 10ft mark for slightly faster retrieves. Some of the fish over the past week have had snails in their stomachs so could be getting their food off the dying weed in this area.
We stocked 80 browns last week which have started to come out. They’re in the mood to chase at the moment. Daddies just below the surface, muddlers, and black damsels have picked them up from the bridge and towards to top of the lake just before the tree line.
Trout Masters Competition – October
Andreas Halasi stalked a 9lb 7oz rainbow from the narrow end of the lake near the entrance. A pink squirmy worm with a small strip of flash enticed a savage take and 10 minute battle before it nearly broke his net whilst being pulled out!
What happened during drain down?
The lake hasn’t had a substantial drain down since 2012 when the Wyatt Bridge was restored. Our main aim this year was to restore the island that had disappeared under the surface of the lake. We received funding from the Environment Agency which allowed us to hire a digger and purchase materials to rebuild the island and create wetland hemispheres at various points around the lake.
The funding was provided by the Fishery Improvement Fund. Money could only go towards habitat and environmental improvements. We reclaimed some of the deeper areas of the lake, created areas to plant a larger variety of plant species, and most importantly rebuilt the island with the addition of an outer ring for submerged vegetation.
All of this work was completed within a relatively short time frame. The increased drain down gave us time to really dry out the lice habitat and also spray and remove a lot of reed growth. It did go on slightly longer than we envisaged. The river that feeds the lake runs through an ornamental pond at West Middlesex Hospital. This pond has a maximum depth of six feet. Five and a half of those feet were full of silt with only a small head of water flowing over it. This water warmed up much quicker due to the depth of silt. The hospital works over ran slightly when the original estimate of 100 tonnes of silt was increased to 500 tonnes.
We’ve 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.