Albury Estate Park Syndicate Fly Fishing Reports
Regular updates on how it’s fishing at Albury Park.
Albury Park Fishery
Updated January 18th
Following a statement from the Angling Trust fishing is allowed again. This is great news but it is vitally important that we all follow the guidelines as angling will be under the spotlight. If we see regular abuse of the guidance we have been given by the Angling Trust we will have no choice but to close the fishery.
So, we will be reopening the fishery on Saturday 9th January to local syndicate rods only. To remain within the law you should follow the government guidance, and only fish locally within your district where you live.
Lower attendance last week so only 18 fish taken. The fish appear evenly spread but perhaps preferring the upper water layers in the mild weather and often latching on to any small buzzer hatches. However Damsel patterns or flies patterns with orange running through them have accounted for most fish.
We have now begun work on the river on Weston and Turbine beat sensitively clearing and narrowing the river channel using backside willow plantations. The narrowing will encourage scouring of the river bed and move on silt. The willow plantations will offer refuge for fish in particular juvenile brown trout. Please feel free to have a look at the work we have been doing but please take care as it is wet underfoot.
Firstly thank you to everyone for their patience with regards the fishery staying open during lockdown. The good news is that we will be able to stay open and continue fishing during the lockdown. However it is vitally important that everyone follows social distancing rules and government guidelines while fishing to ensure we can continue to fish during lockdown as we will be under the spotlight as one of the very limited activities you can do during lockdown.
From tomorrow it will be essential to:
– please scan the NHS Covid -19 QR posters that are up in each of the fishery huts.
Since Park lake has reopened on the 1st November it has been relatively lightly fished but those that have been out have been rewarded with some lovely autumn sport. Top bags so far since reopening have been 8 fish for Paul Sheppard (4th Nov), 6 fish for Phil Gerrard and Paul Sheppard (1st Nov), 4 fish for Phil Gayford and Colin Spicer. Damsel patterns featured heavily in the catch return book as the most successful pattern. Also some larger fish between 4lb and 6lb have been taken.
Good news, all syndicate rods will be able to fish on from October to the end of March 2021 with no winter extension fee. This gives you access to Vale End, Weston, Powdermills and Park lake through the winter to use any remaining fish tokens. Please note that the river closes at the end of September.
Just to let you know that Park lake will be available to fish again from the 1st November after its drain down and fish removal followed by a good clear back of lakeside vegetation. The drain down also allowed us to dredge the lake inlet channel that was thick with silt and reeds. This certainly has increased the volume of water going through the lake.
I have put together some guidelines that we will all need to follow as of Friday (see below).
A special mention goes to Colin Spicer who managed to catch a lovely escapee carp on a cdc and elk dry fly and 3wt rod.
If anyone needs to discuss anything regarding the Park please feel free to call me on 07967 461097. It will be great to see you all (obviously maintaining social distancing) back on the lake and river and the good news is that the mayfly are just starting appear in decent numbers. Please read the guidelines below that will be added to and changed as we progress through these strange times.
ARRIVING AT THE FISHERY
- Anglers should arrive on their own unless they can prove they are travelling with someone they live with and who plans to fish. Please note ABSOLUTELY NO non fishing guests allowed.
- When parking please allow plenty of space between parked cars (approx 2 metres).
- Following Government guidelines, social distancing must be obeyed at all times whilst on the fisheries. There should be a 15 metre gap between anglers and no gathering in groups.
- Beat Booking Form – the door to the fishing hut will remain propped open at all times to reduce angler contact with the door handle. Please bring your own pen to fill out the beat booking form. Hand sanitiser will be provided and to be used before and after filling out the form.
- Catch returns will be made by emailing me at [email protected]
- Tackle must not be shared.
- Anglers are encouraged to bring disposable gloves and hand sanitizer as all toilets will be closed.
- Distancing of Bailiffs from customers – Please do not be offended if we are unable to chat as it is important we limit contact with each other.
Our first concern is the safety of everyone, staff and anglers. FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE ESSENTIAL RULES WILL LEAD TO TERMINATION OF YOUR MEMBERSHIP.
The lake was drained from 24th February for routine maintenance, refilled by 13th March. Plenty of winter bank work has been done on the river beats, with several other river projects ongoing, stock fish are ready to go in, infact, everything is all ready to go. But we have to beat Coronavirus first.
Our Spring Newsletter for Park Fishery was emailed out to members on 26th March. Do let me know if you didn’t get your copy?
When we resume, fishing in 2020 is available on a Family Rod, Full Rod, Half Rod or, Quarter Rod basis. Also, by appointment, a very limited number of day admissions, designed for lapsed members, or prospective members interested in joining. Please contact Tony on 07812 765362 or email for a prospectus. Thank you.
Chris Way with a nice trio of rainbows, 22nd August 2019
6lb 8oz rainbow for Gordon Hunter on BFD, 1st September 2019
For further information, and a prospectus, please email Tony by clicking this link [email protected]
River monitoring pics – sessions led by Colin Spicer –
“As usual for our stretch of the Tillingbourne there were excellent numbers of freshwater shrimp. This month we also found this year’s crop of mayfly, flat bodied and baetis nymphs. Still very small and not due to hatch until next year or in the case of the mayfly in two years time. The mayfly photo illustrates the difference in size between the different age groups. There were a few caddis larvae found including some hydropsyche and as shown in the photo numbers of tiny goeridae with very large (for them!) anchor stones on each side. These will hatch next year from May to August into a medium sized Sedge fly”.
Jo OHara returns a 10″ native brown to the Park river
For prospective new members, Park Fishery’s three greatest attributes are (1.) Peace and quiet compared to the busier day waters and (2. ) bespoke stocking of brown trout on the river beats. In addition, you also, (3.) have the free reign to fish over all our other waters, which is the most cost effective way to fish our dynamic range of lakes and river sections.
For Syndicate members latest updates, why not join our new Private Facebook Group, which posts daily updates and pics on how the fishery is progressing. If you search in Facebook for ‘Albury Park Fishery Syndicate’ and look under the Group tab you will see our group and can request membership.
This facebook page is ONLY FOR EXISTING PARK MEMBERS. To join the Park Fishery, email Tony in the first instance on [email protected]
Some archive pics……
First thing on Church Beat
For a 2020 prospectus with a view to joining Albury Park Syndicate, please email [email protected]