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Season End

The last fishing day on the river is Wednesday 31 October in accordance with the Environment Agency bylaws. The statutory Close Season for the River Rother is 1 November to 2 April inclusive.

Would members fishing the river on 20, 23 and 27 October please contact Andrew nearer the time for advice about shooting, where and when it will take place.

The last day of fishing on the lakes is Friday 30 November with the exception of Upper Figgs which will close on 31 October because of shooting in that area.

 

 

 

15 October

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The water temperature in the lakes and river has dropped to about 14 degrees and the trout are active. The lakes and river have been stocked, some exceptionally large trout have been stocked in the rainbow lakes. Leader and tippet breaking strain should be at least 6lb to avoid losing these big fish.

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Lakes – Members visited the lakes on 38 occasions and caught 31 trout including 5 over 2lbs. The stock fish have had time to settle and are moving on the surface. The last six weeks of the lake season will produce good sport.

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River – Members visited the river on 18 occasions and caught a total of 30 fish including 2 good sea trout and two wild trout. Twenty eight of the trout were returned to the river. Six of the fish were over 2lbs. The river is fishing exceptionally well and after the spate caused by the weekend rain, should produce more late running sea trout.

8 October

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The weather at the start of the week was perfect for fishing and lots of members took the opportunity to fish. Later in the week it was cold and very wet causing the river to rise slightly.

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Lakes – Members visited the lakes on 28 occasions and caught 28 trout, half of which were over 2lbs. Upper Figgs fished well producing 12 of the fish. Of the 10 trout caught at Little Bognor 4 were returned.

Lower Figgs has been drained and will be left fallow to kill the weed.

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River – Members visited the river on 27 occasions and caught 40 fish including 3 sea trout and one wild trout. Thirteen of the fish were over 2lbs and several were over 3lbs. The biggest sea trout was 5lbs. The majority of the fish were caught around Keepers Bridge and Rotherbridge.

The recent rain has encouraged the sea trout to run upstream and the last three weeks of the season provide members with a good opportunity to catch one.

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Sea trout stay in the deep pools during the day and travel upstream during the night. A weighted fly fished deep, late in the afternoon and evening is a good tactic.

 

1 October

 

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The weather last week was excellent for fishing. The river was at a good level and the water temperature of the lakes had dropped again. It was good to see members out in the autumn sunshine catching fish at both the river and lakes.

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Lakes – Members fished the lakes on 46 occasions and caught 31 trout including 9 over 2lbs. Fish were caught at all of the lakes. Lower Figgs is being drained this week and left fallow over the winter to kill the weed.

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River – Members fished the river on 20 occasions and caught 24 fish including 2 good sea trout and 2 wild fish. Fifteen fish were returned to the river. Fish were rising in the afternoon and into late evening. Black Gnat and Pheasant Tail nymphs were successful patterns. There are plenty of fish in the river and this afternoon they were rising frequently for midges.

24 September

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The autumn equinox was accompanied by storm force winds and heavy rain. Several days fishing were lost because of the bad weather but all the lakes and river produced good results. The lakes and river have been stocked and the settled weather forecast for the coming week should enable members to make the most of the autumn fishing.

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Lakes – Members visited the lakes on 23 occasions and caught a total of 27 trout which is a considerable improvement over the summer months. Four of the fish were over 2lbs and 13 of the 15 fish caught at Little Bognor were returned to the lakes.

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River – The river level rose and for a couple of days at the end of the week the river was unfishable. Members visited the river on 17 occasions and caught 18 trout including two good sea trout. Thirteen fish were returned, 8 of the fish caught were over 2lbs.

17 September

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The water temperature in the rainbow lakes dropped to a level that was safe enough to introduce new stock fish. The stocked fish are feeding and the fishing has returned to normal. Now is a good time to visit the lakes. Lower Figgs will be drained shortly and left fallow over the winter to kill the weed.

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Lakes – Fish were rising at Little Springs and Luffs this afternoon. The trout at Luffs were feeding on buzzers and pond skaters. Last week members visited the lakes on 23 occasions and caught 25 fish including 6 over 2lbs. Of the 20 fish caught at Little Bognor 15 were returned.

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River – The river was stocked last week and there are plenty of trout in each beat. Last week members visited the river on 32 occasions and caught 33 fish including 12 over 2lbs and one of 4lbs. Three wild fish were caught and returned and a sea trout of 3lbs 8ozs was caught in the fish pass and returned. Of the 33 fish caught only 3 were killed. The river fishes well in the autumn, fish were rising in the evenings and sedge patterns were successful.

10 September

 

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Autumn arrived and brought chilly nights and generally lower temperatures during the day. The water temperature in the rainbow lakes steadily dropped and fishing at all the lakes should return to normal over the next couple of weeks. Fishing on the river was exceptionally good last week.

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Lakes – Members visited the lakes on 18 occasions and caught 9 trout including 1 over 2lbs, all from Little Bognor. Four fish were returned to the lakes, two wild fish were caught and returned. Most members fished the top lake at Little Bognor possibly because of the dust and leaf debris on the surface of the lower lake. That is a shame as there are some very nice fish in the lower lake, they were rising well this afternoon and 3 were caught including one over 2lbs.

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River – The are plenty of trout in the river but the lack of flying insects meant that there were only a few rising. A lot of walking and patience was needed to find a rising fish. Once found, a dry fly or nymph fished just under the surface, usually produced a take.

Members visited the river on 35 occasions and caught 41 fish including 5 over 2lbs, one over 3lbs and 3 sea trout. The biggest sea trout was 6lbs. The sea trout were all returned together with 29 stock fish.

Lost property – a landing has been found at Rotherbridge and left next to the signing in box for the owner to collect.