11 October

Dawn at Luffs (Andrew Thompson)

This report covers the last two weeks, up to 11 October.

Lakes – members visited the lakes on a total of 98 occasions during the last two weeks and caught 66 trout, 44 of which were returned.

The fish were caught on a wide variety of flies, the best fish was 5lb from Luffs. Most lakes are producing fish, Luffs and Little Bognor are the most productive.

River – members visited the river on 19 occasions during the last two weeks and caught 9 trout, all of which were returned.

Two weeks ago there was heavy rain and the river flooded the surrounding meadows. The water level has since dropped and the warm dry weather should enable good end of season fishing.

27 September

This update covers the two weeks ending 27 September.

Lakes – members visited the lakes on 68 occasions during the last two weeks and caught a total of 32 trout, 20 of which were returned. They were caught on a wide variety of nymphs and dry flies.

River – during the last two weeks members visited the river on 48 occasions and caught a total of 33 fish including 3 wild trout, a sea trout and 5 fish over 3lbs. Most of the fish were caught on nymphs.

AGM at Great Springs

About 30 people attended the AGM. Our Chairman gave a beautiful introductory speech and thanked Andrew Thompson and everyone else involved in running the club. Tim Wardle summarised the accounts. The meeting was very relaxed and brief. The sun shone, much food wine and beer was consumed and a few members actually cast a line.

The water temperature in the rainbow lakes is dropping and the recent rain should cool the water even further. The rain should also encourage a run of sea trout.

13 September

This update covers two weeks, 30 August to 13 September.

Lakes – members visited the lakes on 75 occasions and caught 41 trout, 28 of which were returned. Two wild fish were caught at Little Bognor. The fish were taking mainly dry flies; Grey Wulff, Daddy, Sedge and midge.

River – members visited the river on 35 occasions and caught 27 trout, 9 of which were returned including two wild fish.

AGM – The clubs Annual General Meeting will be held at Great Springs on Saturday 18 September at 12:00 noon.

River Day

River Day – Keepers Bridge

Twenty four members attended the River Day which went very well.

A couple of our hardened Rother members (not mentioning any names!) gave in-depth advice on fishing our stretch, which led to a request for links to the fly sellers they use.

This chap supplies Irish lough flies, but his Daddys and hoppers are first class.https://www.frankiemcphillips.com/

Fulling Mill is the best of the commercial suppliers although their website is currently unavailable.

This guy is good and will tie things to order. Good for sea trout flies.

http://www.caithnessqualityflies.co.uk/

1 September

This update covers the last two weeks, 17 August – 1 September, including the Bank Holiday weekend.

Lakes – Members visited the lakes on 67 occasions and caught 24 trout, 14 of which were returned at Little Bognor. Successful flies were Adams, midge, Klinkhammer and buzzers.

River – Members visited the river on 40 occasions and caught 49 trout, 42 of which were returned. The total catch included 6 wild fish and a 4lber. A few fish were caught on dry fly but various nymphs were more successful.

AGM and BBQ

The AGM and summer BBQ is on Saturday, 18th September 2021 beginning at midday at Great Springs.

There will be no attendance charge but a burger, drink and packet of crisps will cost £5 per person. Guests are welcome and standard club rules apply if they wish to fish, the cost being £15 per person to include the taking of up to two fish which will count towards your annual allowance of 25.

Please let the club know if you wish to attend, including numbers of guests and your food requirements, by emailing lfc@leconfieldestates.co.uk or calling the office. 

River Day

The River Day is on Sunday 5th September from 4pm. It provides members with an opportunity to look at the river with Andrew Thompson and to hear more about its habitat, fly life and good places to fish.

16 August

New Riffle

This update covers the last two weeks.

Lakes – members visited the lakes on a total of 86 occasions over the last two weeks and caught 58 trout including a fish of 3lb from Little Bognor. Thirteen fish were retained.

The lakes at Little Bognor are productive because the water temperature is 4 degrees lower than the rainbow lakes (16 degrees and 20 degrees).

Sussex cattle

River – members visited the river on 14 occasions over the last two weeks and caught 10 trout, 4 of which were retained.

The heavy rain caused the river to overflow the banks but the river is at last fishable once again! Four of the fish from the river were caught this weekend.

2 August

Weed cutting at Great Springs

This update covers the last two weeks.

Lakes – members visited the lakes on 73 occasions and caught 23 trout, including a fish of 3lb 10ozs from Upper Figgs. Of the 14 trout caught at Little Bognor, 13 were returned.

The weed was cut at the rainbow lakes, the cuttings will be removed from the lake margins. The high water temperature has taken its toll, particularly at Great Springs but the occasional showers kept the rainbow lakes cooler, longer than most years.

Weed cutting at Little Springs

River – members visited the river on 24 occasions and caught a total of 5 trout.

Heavy rain is forecast for the end of the week and this should further lower the water temperature in the lakes which will improve the fishing.

19 July

Lakes – members visited the lakes on 55 occasions and caught a total of 20 trout, the 6 fish caught at Little Bognor were all returned. Most of the fish were caught at Luffs and Figgs.

River– Members visited the river on 11 occasions and caught 8 trout and several chub and dace. A fish of 3lb and another of 3lb 8ozs were landed. All of the fish were caught on the Keepers Bridge and Rotherbridge beats and were all returned.

The river had settle and cleared after the heavy rain. The dissolved oxygen at Great Springs and Little Springs was good despite the hot weather and this is hopefully the result of the aeration system the club installed.

Weed cutting and removal at Great Springs and Little Springs will commence 26 July.

12 July

Storm coming . . .

Lakes – members visited the lakes on 59 occasions and caught 44 trout including a fish of 3lb from Luffs and another of 6lb 12ozs from Upper Figgs. All of the 13 fish caught at Little Bognor were returned. A very wide variety of flies were used from lures such as the Cats Whisker to size 22 Caenis !

The rain has helped enormously in keeping the rainbow lake water cool, the dissolved oxygen is up and the fish are happy. The dissolved oxygen was 8.5mg/l at 20 degrees. Water is still flowing through the lakes which also helps.

River – The rain was not as helpful to members who wished to fish the river. Early in the week the water level was high and the water was coloured. Members visited the river on 7 occasions last weekend and caught 7 trout including two three pounders and a sea trout of 2lb 8ozs. All of the fish were returned.

5 July

This update covers the last two weeks.

Lakes – members visited the lakes on 110 occasions and caught 70 trout, including 2 over 3lbs. Twenty five of the 27 fish caught at Little Bognor were returned.

Yesterday fish were rising at Great Springs and Luffs and a big blue trout was seen feeding at Luffs.

Fish Pass – 6 July

River – members visited the river on 18 occasions and caught 3 trout, all of which were returned. Rain during the last two weeks raised the water level and prevented members from fishing.

21 June

Lakes – members visited the lakes on 45 occasions and caught a total of 29 trout mainly on dry flies.

River – members visited the river on 12 occasions and caught a total of 7 trout, 6 of which were returned. The majority of the fish were caught on dry flies.

The river level has fallen since the high water on Saturday but it is still slightly above the normal level.