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Report updated 1st January 2019.
  During the last week, 88 fishermen caught 249 fish, including 24 over 4lb. Average catch rate 86%.  

Best recent catches :


    Rainbows. 10lb 1oz. Keith Potter  
      9lb 7oz. Ian Odin  
      9lb 3oz Matt Harper.  
      7lb 12oz. Mike Richards.  
    Browns. 8lb 11oz. Colin Lane.  
      8lb 3oz. Dean Harlow.  



Latest news - There will be a slight price increase in 2019. The current rates have been the same for the best part of the last 10 years, so an increase is inevitable. Fish food and fish costs have almost doubled during this period, so this rise is `long overdue`. See our `prices and booking` page for details. Please note that the 3-fish ticket is now a Day ticket, rather than a `long half day`.



Latest report - Well, it`s been a mixed bag of weather over the last few weeks – anything from lovely sun to howling gales and torrential rain. The fishing hasn`t been really been affected by this `variety` of weather however, it just makes casting interesting in the wind! The water remains crystal clear, as it does for most of the year, as it generally doesn`t `colour up` after heavy rain. If the weather does get a bit nasty, you can always go and hide in the lodge and make yourself a cup of something hot to keep you warm!


The fishing itself has continued to be excellent with most anglers catching well.  The usual goldhead damsels, hare`s ears and a variety of stalking bugs have been the most effective patterns, with a lot of fish coming out on dries too.

Rainbows, Browns and a few Blues are all being caught, with the best recently just over 11lb, and we will be continuing to stock all three species throughout the winter months.


The annual Brass Monkeys competition was held in December. Twenty fishermen were drawn in pairs to battle for the trophy. Now in it`s 24th year, the competition was fierce but fun. Kev Hunt and Jimmy Madden were defending last year`s title but it was Keith Potter and Brian Kentish (not in the same team) who started well. Keith had a lovely 10lb rainbow with Brian hooking a lovely 8lb`er. John Pearn also struck early with his Blue Rainbow of 7lb 5oz. However, one big fish in a pairing isn`t always enough to win, so you need your partner to catch as well. After a very welcome lunch of fish and chips, the final whistle was blown at 2.30pm. At the weigh-in, Keith Potter and Steve Rule weighed in their 4-fish bag at a touch under 20lb, in second was Stew Pope and John Pearn with 15lb and in third was Paddy Hill and Brian Kentish with 13lb. Jimmy and Kev managed to scrape in 4th, just 2lb behind - a valiant attempt.

Brian Kentish (above).


John Pearn (below).


Keith Potter (below).

Danny Leung with his recent 12lb rainbow (above).









Also, don`t forget to buy your Environment Agency rod licence. PLEASE NOTE that these are no longer available at the fishery. They can be purchased from Post Offices, online at or by calling 0344 800 5386.

Please note that the fully-booked dates below are the `pre-booked` full dates. However, the fishery may be full at other times as we operate a `first-come, first served` basis - pre-booking is always advised.


    2019   Dates TBC  



  Rainbows 20lb 9oz Paddy Hill Photo  
      18lb 5oz Hugh Pollard  
      18lb Dave Davies  
      17lb 13oz Peter Cockwill  
      17lb 7oz Hugh Pollard  
  Browns 19lb Darren Short Photo  
      18lb 8oz John Medlow  
      17lb 8oz Paul Woolvern  
      17lb 4oz Colin Beddoe  
      17lb 1oz Frank Warburton  
  Blue Rainbows 17lb 6oz Jim Curry Photo
      15lb 2oz Anthony Maclaren  
      13lb 14oz Hugh Pollard  
      12lb 11oz Kevin Hunt  
      12lb 9oz Andy Cooper  
  Tigers 14lb 2oz Paddy Hill Photo  
      11lb 1oz Hugh Pollard  
      9lb 15oz Steven Gallagher  
      9lb 12oz Dean Dodds  
      9lb 7oz Alan Estill