Spring Hill - Pembury [TN2 4BB] by Andy Lush

A spur of the moment decision saw me rock up at Jane and Lee Green’s Spring Hill trout fishery [TN2 4BB] near Tunbridge Wells one Sunday morning. I’m blessed with so many places to “cast a fly” within 25 miles of my shop in Tunbridge Wells! I have to admit I’ve not been to Spring Hill in ages, not for any other reason than my preference for boat fishing on large reservoirs. That said when I do go to Spring Hill it’s always a joy to see such a well maintained water. This morning was cold and damp with the forecast for heavier rain in the afternoon so I wasn’t aiming to stay too long.

What to use?

Well it had to be a floating line and “hot head” Damsel, I started on one of the downwind platforms. The ripple was pushing into the corner of the lake I was fishing, I hoped that any hatching flies would drift towards me and there should be plenty of obliging Trout stationed here? The first few casts saw me trickle retrieve my Damsel nymph back towards the bank before slowly lifting off, not before the obligatory “hang”, just in cast a following fish could be tempted. I quickly noticed the occasional swirl and flat spot in the ripple that indicated fish activity just sub-surface. My original fly choice was not going to “cut the mustard” being weighted it was going way too deep. I selected a hackled French Partridge Mayfly which was lightly “Ginked” to hold it on the surface for a few moments before the drag of my fluorocarbon leader drew it under the surface. Within a couple of casts I’d had an offer to this fly while it was on the surface, but it shied away. That was all the encouragement I needed to change my leader set up and fly.

Change tactics

Off came my fluorocarbon leader which sinks, to be replaced with co-poly nylon which floats, I attached a micro leader ring to the end and a 2ft length of fluorocarbon as my “tippet”. My fly choice was easy it had to be smaller to imitate either emerging midges or Hawthorne, just in case there were any about? On went a size 10 black CDC Hopper and I was quickly rewarded,  first cast with a positive take, after a short battle on my trusty #5 the fish was safely netted, dispatched and spooned. Unfortunately the spoon revealed nothing but every time the ripple re-appeared more fish would show in front of me and I picked off several more before my brief visit was over. Home in time for lunch, job done!

This Rainbow fell to the charms of a Black C.D.C. Hopper

This Rainbow fell to the charms of a Black C.D.C. Hopper

As I mentioned there are plenty of waters a short distance from Tunbridge Wells to suit all tastes, here are a few off the top of my head that are available on a day ticket.

Arlington Reservoir – Upper Dicker BN26 6TF

Decoy – Peasmarsh TN31 6TF

Bewl Water – Lamberhurst TN3 8JH

Lakedown – Burwash TN21 8UX

Brick Farm – Herstmonceux BN27 4RS

Powermill  Reservoir – Sedlescombe TN33 0PL

Chalybeate Springs – Eridge TN3 9JA

Spring Hill – Pembury TN2 4BB

Coltsford Mill – Oxted RH8 9DG

Yew Tree – Rotherfield TN6 3QP

Coombe Farm – Tenterden TN30 6XA

Andy Lush

‘The Friendly Fisherman’ is the home of “predator tackle”, owned by Andy Lush; the store is in Tunbridge Wells [TN1 2PS]. 

A huge range of flies, fly fishing and fly tying tackle is available, in store or on-line www.thefriendlyfisherman.co.uk