Fly Fishing Venues Articles
A spur of the moment decision saw James Gardner and I paying a visit to Chigborough Fisheries in Maldon, Essex.
Bewl Water 2012
Very rarely does something comes along unexpectedly that really excites me.
As Iíve mentioned before I get very excited about the prospect of fishing a new venue so my latest visit to Decoy Lake near Peasmarsh was hastily arranged.
A visit to a new fishery is always something I look forward to so when I first heard about Thornwood Springs near Epping Essex, I was intrigued.
Yew Tree Trout Fishery
Fly Fisherman in Tunbridge Wells and the surrounding area are blessed with several well established trout fisheries. One of these is Yew Tree near Rotherfield East Sussex.
Bewl Water 2011
Bewl Water is our largest and most popular trout fishery in the south east of England, 770 acres of water surrounded by woodland with unspoilt views across the adjoining farmland. Unlike many reservoirs I've fished Bewl has plenty of character with many inlets, bays and arms, each one of these can hold fish and should be explored as you search for the abundant trout.
Over the last few seasons Hanningfield has experienced a decline in its attendances by fly fisherman so the management took the bold decision to opened its doors to "any method" fishing to run alongside fly fishing, this got a rather negative response from the fly fishing fraternity which is a shame as their intention was to find a formula in which they could continue to run a trout fishery at this once popular venue.
Weirwood reopened for trout fishing back in 2010 after a layoff of several years, I had heard mixed reports about the fishing, everyone I’d spoken to was interested in visiting the water but was waiting to hear on the’ jungle telegraph’ how it was fishing before they invested their time and money on a trip, so James Gardner and I "bit the bullet" and visited the fishery to find out for ourselves.
Eastwell Park, March 2011 by Andy Lush
Set in a working farm the Eastwell Park Trout fishery is hidden from the frenzy of everyday life, as you settle into its slower pace of life you begin to notice the big, open surroundings of the parkland, itís a real privilege to just be able to enter this lost world right in the heart of East Kent so close to Ashford and yet so far from its bustling centre.
Lakedown Trout Fishery
It’s a rare opportunity to be able to create a fishery from scratch but thatís exactly what actor and Ďrock legendí Roger Daltry did back in the 1980’s.
Return to Eastwell Park
After a winter spent indoors suffering the cold weather I finally ventured out for my first fishing trip of the new trout season.
Chalk Springs, Arundel
Hidden within walking distance of the town of Arundel in West Sussex and overlooked by the castle is the famous trout fishery ĎChalk Springsí.
Hanningfield Reservoir, Chelmsford, Essex
Why do I travel north from my home in East Sussex where Iím surrounded by excellent trout fisheries to cross the Thames to go fly fishing?...
Powdermill Resevoir May 2009
If you go down in the woods in May your sure of a big surprise because hidden there is the most beautiful trout fishery I know Powdermill Reservoir...
Arlington Reservoir April 2009
Nestling under the South Downs, just north of Eastbourne, Arlington reservoir is one of my favourite venues to fish during the spring, my love affair with this water started several years ago and what brings me back time and again? The hard fighting rainbows that rise freely to the abundant fly life...
Eastwell Park Trout Fishery
Eastwell Park Trout Fishery is set in parkland just outside Ashford Kent. The mature 40 acre lake is fed by three chalk streams the water was clear enough to enable me to see the bottom in depths of 4-6 feet on my visit....
This beautiful 2 acre lake is set in parkland on the Eridge Estate just south of Tunbridge Wells and the new owner Michael Evans aims to provide top quality fly fishing in peaceful surroundings.....
I've always considered Bewl to be my "home water" living within walking distance of the reservoir as I do. Over the years I've spent countless hours
fishing its banks and more recently boat fishing it. I've fished there every year since its inception twenty seasons ago, in the early years I fished
it exclusively but as the years have rolled by I've wandered around the south's many and varied trout fisheries.....
Powdermill Reservoir is probably the most attractive of all the trout reservoirs certainly in this area. It is unique and at 56 acres intimate with
its small bays, overhanging trees and miles away from any main road. For those who havenít visited it they are missing out, it is tucked away
somewhere between Brede and Sedlescombe deep in the East Sussex countryside and to approach it you must drive down tiny country lanes....
Arlington press day gave me the chance to fish with Andy Lush of the Friendly Fishermen again, an experience I look forward to with relish. Andy is
far better fly fisherman than me and when I fish with him I usually pick up a tip, or two and the trip to Arlington was no different.....