This update covers the last two weeks for the lakes and the final week of the season for the river.
Lakes – members visited the lakes on 104 occasions in the last two weeks and caught a total of 108 trout including some monsters; – trout of 9lbs, 8lb 8ozs, 3 x 5lbs and 3x 4lbs. The biggest trout was returned to the lake.
Trout were caught on a wide variety of nymphs and lures. The water is gradually losing colour and there should be some excellent fishing in the last few weeks of the season
River – during the last week of October members visited the river on 19 occasions and caught 12 trout, 8 of which were returned.
This update covers the two weeks ending 25 October.
Lakes – members visited the lakes on 98 occasions and caught 59 trout, 39 of which were returned. Every lake was visited by members and fish were caught at all of the lakes, mainly on nymphs and lures.
River – members visited the river on 35 occasions, mostly before the recent heavy rain and caught 30 trout, 25 of which were returned. The catch included a chub of 3lb 8ozs and a sea trout weighing about 3lbs.
Lets hope the rain stops in time for a few days fishing during the last week of the river season.
It is important that members sign in before starting to fish. There are a number of reasons for this.
The stocking levels are based, among other factors, on the number of fish caught per visit. If members do not record their visits, particularly blank trips, this can skew the numbers and resulting in under stocking.
It helps identify people who are not members and who should not be fishing or walking around the Estate.
Personal security is enhanced if it is known who is fishing, particularly on the river, should they have an accident. It is also helpful to know when arriving at the river, which beats have already been fished or are being fished, it saves following a member who has already covered the water.
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.
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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the office.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.