The club has exclusive access to three miles of double-bank fishing on the River Rother. There are several beats, each with parking and easy access to the river. The season on the river runs from early April to 31st October.
Check the River Level before you leave home or telephone the Keeper, Andrew Thompson, on 07801 244538 for advice about the conditions.
At each beat members can sign in, weigh their fish and record their catch. There are no restrictions on the number of days or the beats you can fish. During the week it is common to have the river to yourself although you might meet another member during the evening rise.
The river runs through traditional farmland and is sensitively maintained. The Rother rises on chalk in Hampshire and flows over greensand. It is fed by streams and springs from the chalk of the South Downs. For much of it’s length the Rother flows through the South Downs National Park. The river is a designated Site of Nature Conservation Importance in recognition of its value to wildlife. It supports a wide range of fish and it’s upper reaches are the only location in Sussex where the native white clawed crayfish can be found.
Two new riffles have recently been built to provide spawning for the wild brown trout and sea trout. The club works with the Environment Agency, the Arun and Rother Rivers Trust and the Wild Trout Trust to continually improve the river and its environs.
There are good hatches of various flies throughout the season. The alder and mayfly hatches are prolific and the marshy lowlands alongside the river produce a lot of crane flies. The evening rise is consistently good.
The river is trickle stocked with chalkstream reared brown trout throughout the season. Members can retain stocked fish or return them to the river. All wild trout and sea trout must be returned.