The Leconfield Fly Fishing Club is a private member’s club operated in partnership with the Leconfield Estate. The Leconfield Estate is a traditional agricultural estate in West Sussex surrounding Petworth House, a National Trust property. The Leconfield Estate is in the ownership of Lord Egremont and his family. Lord Egremont is President of the club.
The estate comprises 14,000 acres, 20 let farms, 280 cottages and is managed from the Estate Office in the centre of Petworth by Savills.
The club has about 100 members who have access to the lakes and three miles of the River Rother. The lakes and river are lightly fished and it is common to have a lake or the river to yourself, particularly mid-week.
Prospective members are very welcome to spend a day on the lakes or the river as a guest accompanied by another member. Alternatively a guided tour of the club’s lakes and the river can be arranged by contacting the Estate Office or the Keeper. Naturally, you are welcome to bring a rod with you.
A qualified instructor is available at Great Springs on Tuesdays during the season. Tuition on the river can also be arranged.
Membership can be arranged during the fishing season, please contact the Estate Office for details of the membership fees that apply after the season has started.
Andrew Thompson is the Keeper. He has the support of the estate Forestry and Roads Departments to assist him with grass and hedge cutting and maintenance of the fishing huts, bridges and fisherman’s car parks. Having a full time Keeper and access to the estate’s resources, enables the club to keep the lakes and river in excellent condition.