OUR FISHERY IS OPEN IN THE 3RD LOCKDOWN - PLEASE RING TO BOOK!
The new season has got off to a good start with fully stocked Lakes with two superb 9 pound Rainbows caught this month. Our Anglers are enjoying their Sport during the longer Spring days. The Trout are fighting hard at the moment and popular patterns have been Damsels, Pheasant Tail, Bloodworm, Black Lure, Orange Montana on Lake 3. The Trout have gone a bit deeper, being bright, so an intermediate line is working well. We have put more Brownies in this season for you to enjoy and our Anglers are already reaping the benefit. We do request that you return them. Thank you. Our Farm/Fishery is looking good with our lambs running around and the daffodils/primroses out. The Kingfishers are on their flight paths on all 3 Lakes which is a sight to behold - so keep your eyes wide open when you next visit. This all makes for an uplifting visit and we look forward to seeing you down here this Spring!
Top Tips: Make sure you fish Lake 1 & 2 whilst you are here - you have every chance to catch here as well as the popular, larger Lake 3 and move every hour. 6lbs+ leader on.
Fishing lessons have re-commenced with Richard, our Instructor, following self-distancing, if you are looking to learn a new skill set this Spring please email him or ring to book on the Tuition Heading of our website to discover more. Click on his email address and it will automatically set you up for a message.
2nd May - We will be hosting the Charles Jardine Skill Set Day at the Fishery and it will be closed for this event. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Catch Reports: April
Catch of the Season:
8 April - Geoff caught a 9lb Rainbow on a small black hopper using a sink tip. His PB for a Rainbow - Congratulations! Photo in our gallery.
8 April - Mark Denman a 9lb 1oz Rainbow on a Black Montana from Lake 3. 8 April was a lucky day for both Geoff & Mark - many Congratulations! Mark also caught a superb Brownie 2.5lbs approx and 2 other Rainbows. A great bag!
Allan - 8 3/4lbs Rainbow - Lake 3 on a yellow nymph - his 1st fish ever! Congratulations!
Paul Russell - 7lbs 8oz Rainbow, Lake 3 - Claret Daddy. Fought for 30 mins!! PB - Congratulations!
David & Son - 5 Rainbows and a Brownie ranging from 3-4lbs - Black Lure - Lake 3.
Peter Thompson - 7lbs 11oz Rainbow & Brownie 4lbs 4oz on Coopers Yellow and Pheasant Tail - His PB for both fish! Congratulations!
Bob Thornton - Rainbow 2lbs 2oz & Brownie 4lbs 4oz
Derek Topley - Brownie 4lbs 4oz and similar weight Rainbow - intermediate line on a Damsel, both from Lake 3 - Great morning!
Nick Cook - 3lbs Rainbow
David Woodcock - 3lbs 4oz Rainbow - Lake 2
Kev Sanders - 2 Rainbows 4lbs each and large Brownie
Ian Tucker - 3 Rainbows on Lake 3 - Floating line on orange head damsel and Comorant size 12.
Keep focused because many fish have been missed and Anglers have been broken recently the Trout are hard fighting.
I appreciate receiving your fishing reports to post here.
Please ring to book or email 01580 763201 firstname.lastname@example.org. Now that restrictions have lifted on the 29 March we shall limit our numbers to 12 at any one time so that our Anglers have plenty of space in which to fish.
We pride ourselves in stocking hard fighting trout and I am pleased to say they are responding well to the cold weather at night and producing the fun for all.
The Fishery Lodge will re-open on the 17 May on the back of the PM's announcement. We apologise in advance for no toilet facilities and scales for weighing your fish but we need to keep you safe from the virus.
We shall post your permits at the farmhouse front door in a white envelope with your name on, please put the exact cash inside this envelope and post it through the letterbox. This has worked well in the past and we thank you for your support. We don't take card payments because the signal is terrible here fyi.
We will be taking telephone bookings preferably 01580 763201 or email. If we don't answer please leave a message and we will get back to you if you leave your name and number. This will help us monitor how many Anglers can safely fish at any one time and to be able to follow the social distancing guidelines. If you have booked and need to cancel please can you let us know so that someone else can take up your place. Thank you.
We are not hiring out rods, tackle - sanitising cork rod handles does not work very well. Thank you for your understanding.
We hope you will respect our wishes in not just turning up as you have done in the past during these unprecedented times that we all find ourselves facing, particularly because the Fishery/Farm is our home. We would also like you to keep to the reception times of 8.20am, 2pm which allows for the rotation of our Anglers to flow positively. The Fishery will close at 8pm and we would kindly ask you to leave on time. Thank you.
Polite Notice: Please would all Anglers refrain from using their mobile phones when they are fishing. Many of our Anglers are seeking peace and quiet at this difficult time which has affected us all. Thank you.
Stay & Fish: We opened our Shepherds Hut (The Ghillies Hut) last Summer for accommodation at our Fishery so you can come and stay and fish and I am delighted to say that it has been very well received reading the reviews. We are now legally open for reservations being a self-contained property and getting busy again which is great to see. Our Hut can accommodate 1-2 people and is set in our fields, where our Romney Sheep graze, with spectacular views, through the valley, over our Lakes up to St. Mildred's Church in Tenterden. A truly beautiful setting. The Ghillies Hut is off grid, with no TV/Broadband, we want you to enjoy the nature that will surround you away from it all during these unprecedented times. For more information/bookings - please visit the Shepherds Hut heading on our website which provides a direct link to Airbnb. We are offering 20% off all fishing permits if you are staying in the Hut. A full refund will be given if a cancellation has to be made due to Covid 19 with the Government enforcing changes to holiday plans ie lockdown.
The Charles Jardine Skill Set Day will be held on the 2 May 2021 starting at 10am. If this is of interest to you please make contact to book your place with Gaynor at our Fishery. We are limiting the numbers and only a few places are available now.
Are you looking for a fly fishing permit gift or fly fishing tuition experience for someone special? We offer gift vouchers which can be purchased by bank transfer, cash or cheque and sent by email or post. Call or email email@example.com
We all look forward to a less challenging 2021 for everyone with vaccines now firmly on the radar and the 3rd lockdown gradually lifting to be able to enjoy the Spring and Summer. We thank you for the support you have shown us during these difficult times it has been much appreciated by our family.
Stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you to our friendly fishery, where you can relax and enjoy yourself in safe and picturesque surroundings.
With best wishes, Gaynor, Richard, Ali, Emma, & Audrey.
EXCITING EVENT: SUNDAY 2 MAY 2021
SKILL SET DAY WITH CHARLES JARDINE & HIS COACHES
Our dear friend, Charles Jardine, who will be familiar to many of you as a multi disciplined Fly Fisherman who has represented his Country in this Sport, written many books and articles is going to be sharing all his knowledge and skill set with any of you that would be interested at our Fishery. This is a fund raising event for Fishing for Schools which was started by Charles some 12 years ago to help young people from challenging backgrounds get into Angling and back into education. It is a national operation under the Countryside Alliance Foundation and enjoys charitable status. On the back of this Skill Set Day we shall also be hosting a Fishing For Schools Day with Charles at our Fishery in the latter part of 2021. We are very keen to support the young in this sport and we are excited to work alongside Charles and this wonderful Charity.
The day will include the following:-
Fly casting demos with hands on help
Fly tying demo – Specific to Still Water and Tenterden
(Charles was 18 when he first fished at Tenterden!)
Selecting the right kit for the sport
Learning about knots, leaders, lines etc.
Entomology – matching the fly to the insect and conditions
Half Day – 1 fish ticket to use on the day and practise your skills
Duration: 10am – 5pm.
Food: Bring a picnic to enjoy in our beautiful Wealden setting. Free Tea/coffee/refreshments. Use of our new Fishery Lodge with WC/Kitchen Facilities.
Limited spaces. All assistants will be qualified, ample opportunity for one to one tuition, hence we have limited the number to 25 people and we only have a few spaces left.
We are taking names/telephone numbers/email addresses of those interested in this at the moment and will make contact with you nearer to the time. We want it to be a great day safely practising your skill set with Charles and his coaches.
To register please contact Gaynor 01580 763201