River Loddon Stanford End
OS Map Reference: SU 707 629 & SU 707 638
Postcode: RG7 1SY
Water Type: River
Designation: Specimen Barbel River
Locked Car Parking
Head Bailiff: Mr. J. Glover
Deputy Bailiff: Mr. B. Profit
Estate Contact: Mr. M. Borra 01252 320871
Local Police: 101
Barbel to 14lb 13oz
Chub to 6lb 14oz
Roach to 2lb +
Perch to 4lb
Dace to 12oz
Pike to 15lb
Brown Trout to 4lb +
Rainbow Trout to 6lb +
This particular mile or so of the Loddon is arguably one of the best small river fisheries in the country. Classic swims from weirs and fast, gravelly runs to deep, slow glides and bends, Stanford End has them all. And with specimen fish to match, the river enthusiast could well think that this section alone is worth the price of a permit.
Dace and Roach are the most predominant species with Perch to 4Ib, Chub to 7Ib, Barbel to 16Ib, Pike to 20Ib, Common Carp to 17Ib, Mirror Carp to 20Ib. Weed can be a problem during the summer months.
Suitable for most river tactics, although the venue is largely shallow with fast shallow runs into deeper areas.
Fish the deeper areas and glides for consistent sport and check out the over hanging trees and rafts for the Chub.
Stanford End UPDATE August 2013: By Head Bailiff John Glover.
River Loddon Stanford End Report: June 2012 - Oct 2012
In June it did take a while to get going and the reports were sporadic but as always there were the good news stories. Barbel and Chub catches seemed to be fairly consistent with recent times and fish to 9 Ibs being reported caught on pellets and meat. Chub catches seemed to be few but one or two 4 and 5 pounders being banked on smaller baits like maggots and corn. Wet weather continued to keep angler numbers lower than we normally see in June.
Pretty much the same story for July and was hit and miss weather wise although the trend was improving. Good fish were being caught including an 11Ib 2oz Barbel banked on a boilie. Lets just say it was a traditional flavoured boilie from yesteryear that some of us might admit to having in the darkest depths of the garage. No it was not me honestly!
Into August and generally the busiest month on the river for visitors. More reports of good catches, a Barbel near to 13Ibs ( meat ), a fair few doubles just creeping over the 10 mark caught on pellets mostly, and some good fish caught on the float as well in the deeper runs. All in all a fairly reasonable and productive month for a lot of people. I didn't really get much info back this season on the small river species, my own experience when I took my 5 year old daughter was OK in as much as Roach and Dace, but no Perch or Pike spotted.
September is always a promising time to be on the bank and the good conditions did lead to a very good month for quite a few. Good catches of Barbel and chub on pellets, boilies, maggots and meat. The 3rd week of September saw a bit of a switch off but that may be just down to low numbers on the bank for that time.
As we move into October the Autumn has started to kick in and picking the moments to fish starts to factor in a bit more. Looking back over the season so far it is pretty much an equal split between day and night fishing when the bigger fish were caught. This might very well change when GMT kicks in at the end of the month.
Once again thank you to the bailiffs and the Loddon regulars who keep this venue litter free and are very much our eyes and ears. Please do keep the info coming in, catch reports to me are very useful and you can text them as well as phone. I don't need all the nitty gritty detail, a basic summary is fine, so no grid references or google earth links, no boilie batch numbers and the like, simple is fine!
Good fishing - John Glover.
Fishery Report Alan Cannon: 20th June 2012
I walked down the left bank and asked an angler how he was getting on, he said he had a fish from the last peg (8lb), so didn’t want to fish there. I went to the peg then came back to next peg, very narrow and high bank. I under armed a double pellet with a little bag of mixed pellets half way down between the two swims and sat back in the sun. 5 minutes later I had a Barbel of 11lb in the net. I moved back 100yds and did the same again but with 2 mini boilies on a hair and 10 mins later had a 9lb Barbel in the net. Unfortunately the self take pica wasn’t that good, but it was not bad for a couple of hours after work on a new water.
Fishery Report 21st August 2011 – March 2012 by Head Bailiff John Glover
The Loddon from the last week of August and halfway through September fished reasonably well for most species considering the almost permanent low clear water we are having to get used to. Barbel catches seemed to fall off somewhat during this period, though catches of Chub and other species remained fairly consistent. The river was very weedy during this time and weather wise was often a mixture of cool and cloudy but not a lot of rain. Moving into the back end of September and through October saw a late resurgence of very fine weather and although it made it pleasant to be out on the bank, many commented they were struggling to catch anything during this period. However this situation does seem to be more prominent from anglers after the Barbel rather than the other species, and we also have to consider that we do have a lower number of visitors than what we were used to in previous years. Once again it was water conditions often mentioned. The Winter period proved to be a fairly quiet one all round and very hard to judge from one day to the next. The consistent factor through the months was the low water levels and gin clear conditions. There was of course the occasional blast of rain which gave the Loddon a much needed boost but this is a river that rises and falls dramatically fast and catching it fining down can sometimes be frustrating when planning visits. There was certainly a decent pick up after 3 of 4 days of rain during November, but this was a quick fix high spot rather than anything long term. The cold spell as ever proved tough going for the brave souls that did get out, so it is always encouraging to hear of catches during the more adverse conditions. Like a lot of rivers, the final 2 weeks in March can often prove to be fast and furious, and although Stanford End could not ever be described as 'fast and furious' it certainly did wake up and deliver some very rewarding angling. Chub, Barbel, Perch, all falling to the usual baits of maggots, meat, worms and small boilies and pellets. Barbel weights average 6 to 7lb, up to 12lb 4oz confirmed and rumours of a 13lb + fish rumoured but not confirmed. Chub average 3-4lb, with one or two 5lb fish and a 6lb specimen reported, with unsubstantiated rumours of a 6lb 5oz fish. Pike, very little in terms of known weights, and seem to be in few numbers again this year. Perch, best reported was 2lb 5oz, but pretty sure there were bigger ones during September, but nothing confirmed. Overall the season gone has been quite similar to the previous one, with patches of quiet, patches of consistency, low water levels, fewer anglers visiting and the occasional great fish. So maybe nothing outstanding, but still a fantastic peaceful fishery to visit with a few tricks up its sleeve. The low water levels have featured consistently in this round up and at the time of writing there is a great deal of concern about river conditions in general due to a drought being in place. The Loddon is not exempt from the potential issues surrounding lack of water and we have to hope that things improve very soon. The last season has been the lowest water levels for long periods that I can remember. Not wishing for the 2005 armageddon tsunami over the fields destruction we got back then, but you have to wonder which is the lesser evil? Onto other matters and the subject of access. Quite a few calls on the changes to the top field (impact upon fishing too early to tell) with regard to the relief channel being dug. Our access points have not changed, but now when you arrive into the top field, go to the left of the channel for fields 2 and 3, and right of the channel to fish in field 1 for the 25/30 metres of bank available there. The restricted areas still apply. Newcomers to Barbel fishing please be aware of being suitably equipped with regards tackle, more especially be aware of how to handle these fish. Without writing up a long guide because there is plenty of good information out there the basics are: 1/ Land the fish quickly, and give a few minutes rest in the net before unhooking.
2/ Ensure the unhooking mat is wet.
3/ Unhook, and if weighing and photographing ensure the kit is available and set up. The idea is to keep the fish out of the water for the least amount of time possible, with the least amount of handling.
4/ Now the very important bit, always rest a Barbel in the water for at least 5 minutes before release, longer if need be. Just because she wagged her tail as you put her back does not mean she's ready to go! Failure to rest a fish results in them going belly up and dying when they hit the main flow. So during the rest period this gives you a chance to take a good long look at them..... enjoy...it may be some time before another comes along! Thank you for observing the above. Thank you again to the members that visit SE, who help keep the venue tidy, and whom are impeccably behaved! No write ups or warnings for the season gone and long may that continue. Thanks especially to Barry Cushing who retired from the deputy bailiff position, his work was greatly appreciated and we wish him well for the future. Mick Beavington is the new deputy and of course Bruce is still onboard with us as a regular bailiff. Thanks to both Mick and Bruce for their input. Anyone interested in bailiffing contact me in the first instance on the bank or by phone, or better still over a few bubbling pints of real ale somewhere near my house ! That's it for a few months, all the best and good fishing - John Glover Head Bailiff
Stanford End Loddon Report 16th June - 20th August 2011 by Head Bailiff John Glover
A mixed start to the season on the Loddon this year depending on what you were targeting. The river condition for much of the time have been low and clear, so for the majority of anglers who attend this venue looking for Barbel and Chub it seems it has been a bit of a struggle, more so during the daylight hours. Not really a surprise to hear that the better fish are showing up from dusk onwards and also into the later part of the evening and small hours. I do notice that angler numbers visiting the venue are still what I would describe as low but steady. More and more though are fishing for the smaller species like Roach, Perch and Dace and the catch rates here so far are very encouraging as are the fish sizes. Weed is in abundance this year, I would say more so than last year, but not by a huge margin. Some of the swims have changed somewhat due summer growth and offer some interesting options. A couple of points to note so far. One has been the construction work in the top field to construct a relief channel and the restorative work going on, there have been a few occasions where this has caused a significant colouration of the water and for some this means a disaster but for others it seems to be a godsend. Funny those two views were phoned into me on the same day proving as ever there is always two sides to a story and meaning you can decide yourselves which is the happy ending! The second point is about the cows, so we should clear this up. The access to the fishery and areas we can fish do not change just because there are cows in one of the fields. Field 3 at the lower end is accessed by hopping over the fence. It is there to stop the cows getting out not to stop you getting in! Don't miss out on fishing just because of cattle. Also FAS does not have any say in where the cows go and in what field, it is a working farm and things change from day to day, week to week. A quick reminder as well about unhooking mats. This is an FAS requirement and you must have one in your possession. Please do not set up fishing if you have forgotten your mat as we will ask you to stop fishing and collect it if you want to continue. All in all not a great deal to report so far as we are only 2 months into the season at the time of writing. With that in mind, it's fair to say that the start has been reasonable for some and maybe less so for others. I wish everyone luck in their pursuits on the Loddon this year. Thanks also to Barry, Mick and Bruce the bailiffs for their continued support.
November 2010 – March 2011 end of season: John Glover - Head Bailiff
A very typical few winter months from November onwards saw a decrease in angler numbers and a change of style for many of the regulars. Chub and Perch became the main targets as anglers scaled down tactics to account for the colder conditions. There were some good catches of both species during the winter months, but as always the very quick changeable levels of the river provided quite a challenge, with December and January were very quiet months of the year un-surprisingly: most anglers continuing to diversify their approach and few were after the Barbel at this time ! The weather stayed cold during February with low and clear water levels for much of the time, and with the onset of March things were still a bit chilly in the first week. As ever, moving into the second week of March and with the end of season bearing down upon us, it saw a flurry of activity at Stanford End as the temperatures notched up a bit and spring it seemed had finally sprung. Chub were still the obvious target and many bagged one or two in the final week of fishing. Looking back over the last season it has been one of the better ones at Stanford End. Whilst there was not the "outstanding" catches of yesteryear (with the exception of a Society record Chub), what we did enjoy was a more consistent traditional season. A good summer followed by a very settled autumn period and a good old fashioned freezing cold winter with lots of snow. Whilst we did get some high levels of water during the winter months and a small localised patch of flooding, there was nothing like the carnage of 2007, so for many the conditions were much more favourable and in line with expectations. Its interesting to see just how changeable the conditions can be at Stanford End, in a matter of days things can be vastly different which means you never really know what you are going to get until you get there ! I like the fact that nobody ever really nails this river, and for anyone who thinks they have, then the experience does not usually last for very long! Once again, from a bailiffing perspective I am pleased to report that the season just gone has been a trouble free experience with impeccable behaviour from our regular anglers. We are not just enjoying a trouble free venue, but also a litter free venue thanks to the unselfish actions of our regular anglers who take care of our surroundings. My thanks to all of you for keeping the venue up to the high standards we are used to. Long may it continue. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my team of bailiffs for their help during the last season, your input is greatly appreciated. So for now June 16th, seems a long way away, and us river anglers need something easy, and simple to do. Something that does not require much thought to be getting on with. . . Yep its time to go Carp fishing on a lake ! ! ! ! !.
September to November 2010: John Glover - Head Bailiff
After a reasonable and fairly consistent first few months on the Loddon this season it was good to see the transition into September continue the trend with good all round catches and favourable weather. Nothing in the way of extreme weather or floods September proved to be an enjoyable end of Summer experience with the cooler days and evenings providing ideal fishing conditions as the nights began to slowly draw in. From the reports I received, it seemed the daytime fishing had improved whilst the evening and night time fishing may have trailed off a bit, but this is not and never will be an exact science. That said, it would be fair to say that September whilst not outstanding, still delivered a reasonable catch rate and success for the regular visitors. As ever, the number one target at SE are the Barbel and there were good catches of fish in the 7Ib to 10Ib category with double figure fish also caught with some good catches up to around twelve pounds. One angler struck lucky with a superb fish of 14Ib 3oz. There were also some excellent Chub being caught as well, though the overall numbers appeared to be lower the reports of specimen fish were very encouraging and a fair few personal best Chub were caught often unexpectedly. The smaller species continued to show well with good reports of Perch and Roach coming in. One note of interest were two fine river Carp that were reported during September as well which is always encouraging to hear about. The usual baits were working well, being pellets, boilies and meat presented over a bed of hemp or corn. Free lined bread flake as well proved to be irresistible to the Chub in certain stretches during September. Moving into October and late autumn saw the natural slow down in catch rates, partly due to angler numbers decreasing and weather factoring in a little bit more and it was here during the evenings where conditions were more favourable that patience was paying off, more notably in the top section as regular anglers were choosing the easier path of this part of the venue as it does provide a bit more protection for the angler and the fish. Yes it was certainly classic autumn fishing with the increase in the water flow and depth from overnight rain helping things along and the third week in particular proved to be very good if you were targeting Chub. Maggot feeders and small boilies were flavour of the month for October, with meat working well for the Barbel. Of course having a good summer and reasonable autumn rather suggests that every silver lining has a cloud so November arrived with some ominous signs and then went on to deliver an early freeze in the later stages and proving the point entirely. Not much to be said for November as it was truly difficult with such changeable conditions.
Having said that for much of the time river conditions were ideal even if the weather was not so good and there were respectable catches of Chub and Perch for the anglers that scaled their tactics down. Once again a big thank you to all visiting SE, for keeping it the pleasant and litter free venue that it is.
16th June to 20th August 2010 - John Glover, Head Bailiff
The start of the season as ever was a busy one at Stanford End with people eager to be on the water from midnight right from the word go. June 16th promises so much but for many delivers very little as the Loddon being the fickle river it is never fails to let you down when you least need it the most! So for many the opening was as it has
always been over the last few years a bit of a brutal awakening as many who were there for the kick off went home on a blank, but for one or two they went home with fond memories of a great opener after bagging the odd Barbel or two, not to mention some very nice chub on the way. The fishing during June was a bit hit and miss as low water levels and a fairly dry period slowed things down. The weather during June gave us a few chances as the river got the occasional splash from rain, but it was very sporadic and it meant weather watching and timing played a big part if you were after the Barbel. Certainly during June some
great fish were caught and it was encouraging to hear from members that the river was generally fishing well for most species, so all in all not a bad start considering. Moving into July the river hit quite a dry spell and the water level was quite low. The initial interest dropped off and the weed gathered pace but the lower fields proved again that evening sessions late into the night were proving fruitful and some fine Barbel into double figures were being taken. The usual baits were working well, meat,
pellets, and small boilies over beds of hemp, trout pellets, or maggots and these simple methods were drawing the fish in. All other species had a fair showing as well with plenty of Roach, Dace and Perch being caught, with just one exception Pike, we haven't seen much from them this year on the spinners. It was great to get reports of
fish from the most unlikely and untouched swims which really shows that our river anglers do stop and think their watercraft through. Fair play to them, they tell me I could learn from them but that is a different story! Going into August and the weather certainly starts to have an impact. Rain really starts to make a difference and the river picks up as the water level rises. High levels of rain put the river into almost perfect conditions, leaving it coloured and fast running and for decent periods of time. It can be grim conditions to fish in but the river certainly benefited as the catch rates seemed to be more consistent. It certainly has been quite a few years since we saw the Loddon in such good condition during August. In summary the river has fished quite well thus far. Certainly an improvement over recent seasons. Simple baits and methods are working well. Members are reminded about the need to give Barbel ample recovery time before release and to always be in possession of an unhooking mat and a decent sized landing net if Barbel fishing. It is also unacceptable to be sharing a landing net and puts not only the fish at risk but the individuals permits as well. Please do not let this spoil your
fishing. Finally, a big thank you to our river anglers for keeping the place tidy and clean. It is very much appreciated. Please have a look at the Stanford End gallery to see just a few of the quality fish that have been caught from this section of the river
September to November 2009
Alby Jones caught a 14lb 4oz Barbel on 29th September. September was another difficult month on the Loddon at SE with most anglers complaining about the lack of water and the apparent lack of fish. Daytime sessions were proving difficult for the Barbel anglers and the catch rate of Chub seemed to be lower than this time last year. For the small species the faster water in and around the weirs proved to be the better areas for catching.
Evening sessions tended to be more favourable with the first hour of darkness often triggering a bite or two. Certainly the die-hard overnighters who were making the most of the better weather were catching the best fish.
October saw things pick up especially into the last week after some steady rain brought the levels up and coloured the water. Some very good fish were starting to appear and once again it was the few who stayed on until the small hours that were being rewarded. The top section was busier than normal because of the cattle in the lower fields had scared many off after the press reported a few people getting killed around the country by mad cows. No one got killed at SE but a few got trapped in as the farmer had left a drink trough by the gate. In any case the cooler weather and improvements in the water were contributing to better fishing both day and night.
Moving into November saw a similar picture but with increasing rain and clag coming downstream things were being made difficult. Most people were now targeting Barbel and Chub but November saw things a little more hit and miss. Pike were showing to the usual dead baits and a few good Perch were also caught. Some pretty poor weather during the month kept a lot of people away, though once again the late evening and small hours were proving to yield results.
August is traditionally a poor month on the River Loddon at Stanford End and 2009 did not fail to break this tradition in any way.
With about 80% of visitors targeting Barbel most of them went home with a blank during August as the river literally switched off. Chub fishing also suffered particularly in the first two weeks of the month though began to pick up a bit towards the end. There were a few exceptions during mid August and it was noticeable that any Barbel that were being caught, came out mostly on night sessions well into the small hours.
The general fishing was confirmed by people who contacted me that had gone small species fishing and had come up with very little. I did the same myself during August and also noticed that there did not seem to be much in the way of Dace, Perch and Roach. Spinning for Pike however proved to be quite productive with some nice fish up to ten pounds being caught on the lure.
Water levels in the river have been the lowest I can remember for many years. This time last year the levels were consistently up by about a foot due consistent rain. No flooding and little rain during the month had left the level very low indeed and gin clear. The river has also been weedier than in previous years though the low levels of water probably exaggerate this.
The last week of August went some way to restore confidence as nighttime catches of Barbel and Chub picked up and a few significant fish well into double figures were caught. Freelining meat seemed the best method and bait during August.
Angler levels also dropped off in August due partly to the poor fishing and also by the cows, bull and calves roaming in the bottom fields.
Two anglers were denied access to the river in August, one who was not a member claiming he forgot to rejoin and another who had no unhooking mat.
The Ron Hayes Trophy (best Chub from Society waters)
The 2009 trophy was won by Colin Rane with a 4lb 10oz Chub caught on 2nd August.
Farnham Angling Society Record
- Car park “A” end. The top section first field can be fished downstream from the road bridge down to the "rock barrier" where the sluice gate is. We cannot fish from on the rocks or from the other side of the bank. The entire area to the right of the rocks is easily reached by casting.
- Car Park “B” end, fishing left bank looking upstream, approximately 2km of fishing.
- Remember that Barbel must not be retained in keepnets (see Bye-law 4.j).
- Night Fishing is Permitted.
- From the rock barrier, downstream past the mill and first house, past the footbridge and the shallows until the depth marker at the large bay swim just after the ditch, clearly denoted by the depth marker is out of bounds. (see inset in your handbook)
- No Juniors unless accompanied by an adult.
- No Dogs.
- No Trout fishing.
- No day or guest tickets available.
- Park only in designated car parks
Farnham Angling Societies third Barbel Teach-in – Thursday August 6th
The river was once again carrying a little colour so expectations were high of a few fish gracing the angler’s nets. After the standard talk about tactics and bait we took a walk of the river before each angler choose a swim for the evening.
John, who had just recently got back into angling and the only angler in the top field was instantly into a fish which turned out to be a personal best Chub of 3lb 11oz. The anglers in the bottom field, some who decided to move around and others to stay in one spot were experiencing quite a few steady pulls on the rod tops which unfortunately weren’t from fish but those dreaded crayfish. An hour of so passed before John called to say he had just landed his first ever Barbel, a small one and one that could have possibly been stocked early this year at 3lb 8oz. A couple of the other anglers also mentioned that they too had caught small Barbel, ones of around a pound so things are looking a bit brighter for the future of Stanford Ends Barbel population. One angler did connect with a fish however it was from a Pike that was hooked fair and square in the lip.
As dusk approached expectations rose and it was once again John who landed yet another Chub, yet it was David who had also moved up into the top field who landed the best Barbel of the evening, one weighing 9lb 1oz and another personal best. Amazingly when he told me where he had cast I informed him that he was only in around 2ft of water which just goes to show, sometimes making a mistake can produce the goods.
It’s always good to get feedback from the anglers that attended; here are a few words that John sent me after this teach-in...
Hello Duncan, Once again many thanks for the “Teach-in” last night. It really was a fast track way into barbel fishing, especially for me as I went away a very happy man and woke the next morning still grinning from ear to ear. Thanks John.
Although the fishing hasn’t been brilliant so far this year on the river, it’s not an isolated case as everyone; up and down the country has been struggling. June, July and August are usually difficult months as the fish have loads of natural food available and in Stanford End’s case there has been many an angler treading its banks all of which have been depositing bait in the water. The fish are obviously aware of what’s going on so have become harder to tempt than previous years but they are still there and in numbers.
Look above the bridge in to the water of the Wellington Estate’s ‘PRIVATE’ trout section and you will see around twenty Barbel, some well into double figures. However, please note that this is a NO FISHING area and anyone found doing so will be dealt with by the Executive Committee.
Plesae remember not to leave any litter whatsoever, as it appears that some have forgotten or ignore byelaw 4.h and are risking their permits as a result.
Please keep an eye out for poachers and report to the Head or Chief Bailiff if seen ASAP.
Thanks to all the anglers that attended, I hope you have learnt a few tricks and go on to land more personal bests and I apologise to so many anglers that called me and couldn’t get a place this year.
2nd FAS Barbel Teach-in, Stanford End Tuesday 14th July
The weather was perfect for the second barbel teach-in, overcast, wet and warm with the river carrying a slight colour after recent rain. Unfortunately the Barbel had other ideas as none showed up till 10pm. Just one 5lb plus Chub was obliging with the odd Chub bite missed and one good fish lost from a hook pull.
One unnerving point came when saying farewell to James in the third field down as I turned around to see an oversized cat around 30 yards away staring at us. This was at 9.50pm so it was quite dark, but we both agreed it was definitely a cat and as it strolled downstream to get away from us shining our head torches, every now and again stopping to look back, it seemed to get bigger! I have heard stories of other anglers witnessing a big black cat but this is my first sighting and I’m sure it was a wild cat as it was to far away from any buildings. On a more assuring note it was also brilliant to see a barn owl working the field behind, once common on this stretch of river but unfortunately the first I’ve witnessed for a few years now.
Obviously the six anglers learnt a few new skills as the following morning I received a picture of a 9lb 14oz Barbel that had been landed after I left plus news that an even bigger one had thrown the hook close to the net.
Tight lines to all the anglers that were involved and please keep me informed on how you get on during the forth coming months.
Farnham Angling Society 1st Barbel Teach-in – Monday June 29th 2015
Arriving at 5pm at the river Loddon at Stanford End it seemed that at last the English summer has arrived, great for a sun tan but absolutely hopeless for catching numbers of barbel during the hours of daylight.
After a brief explanation of rigs and bait all six anglers set off for a tour of the river with myself pointing out all of the fish holding areas, however shade was going to play a massive part in swim choice as the temperature was now into the mid twenties.
Anglers then made their swim choice and settled in with myself doing my best to sit with each angler and help set up and answer any questions.
It was a swim that produced for myself on the weekend that saw the first fish landed, a personal best chub weighing 5lb 4oz for Chris Davies. I was actually sitting chatting when the bite came and was at hand to land, weigh and photograph his catch. Things then went somewhat quiet with two fish being lost, both thought to be chub.
It wasn’t until the sun had disappeared and dusk was setting in that the first and only barbel was caught, one a shade under 9lb and a Loddon first for Richard Blake. I’m sure if the anglers had stayed on into darkness that a few more would have shown however on such a muggy night and after arriving early and roving around the temperature had taken its toll on us all. I also witnessed a couple of barbel twisting and turning on a gravely bottom with no interest in food so it also looked as if they were going through their spawning ritual.
It was, as usual a great evening and its always good to get some feedback. Here are a few words from Chris that followed.
I just wanted to say many thanks indeed for imparting your expertise yesterday. It was gratefully received and I know that all participants found it very enlightening. I was also pleased that you were on hand to witness and land a P B Chub for me !
Kind regards, Chris.
Michael Rogers has claimed the FAS record for a Brown Trout with this stunning fish of 4lb 8oz that was caught from Stanford End on the River Loddon on 4th January 2011.
It was his first cast of the day when being guided by Duncan Charman with the intention of catching a 5lb Chub, which he went on to achieve later in the day !
Just forty-eight hours before the event the river had been bank high and coloured after a recent down pour that saw parts of Reading flooded.
Every Barbel in the river would have been feeding heavily during this period and with the river now fined right down to its normal level and a day of high pressure bringing bright blue skies; along with nine anglers on its bank it was never going to be easy.
After eventually getting to the river we all sat down in the field where l demonstrated the technique that l had perfected over many years of fishing this small intimate river. This was followed by plenty of questions from the anglers before they all settled into swims.
This stretch of river has a limited number of swims, and some found it difficult, however one small Barbel was caught very early on along with a few Chub. Unfortunately, my methods involve being mobile, being on the river at times when no one else is, then rotating the better swims which wasn’t possible for these guys on the day, however I’m sure that most will have understood this and will be back soon and then they will start to see just how effective and immediate the approach is.
All the anglers seemed to have enjoyed the day, learnt a lot, as well as being blessed with a fantastic view of watching a barn owl hunt the fields at dusk.
Tight Lines and please keep us informed on your Barbel catches by submitting them for display on the web site - Duncan Charman
As a result of the future reconstruction of the broken weir on the river (at the lower end of the straight section below the weir by the bridge), the Environment Agency and the Stratfield Saye Estate are in the process of building a 3m wide fish pass across the front field of the top section of Stanford End. When completed, there will be a bridge over the fish pass, so access across this field will return to normal in the future. As a result, FAS members access across the front field is restricted for Health & Safety reasons whilst construction works are being undertaken by the contractors during the working day. Therefore daytime access to the fishery from Car Park A will instead be via the second field beyond the hump back bridge over the river down Chequer Lane. Access will be possible across the normal route during evenings and weekends, but extra care should be taken, especially at night. Whilst this work is ongoing, with the contractors plant and equipment and construction of the channel bringing about major changes to the levels of the field, a temporary bridge over the future channel may be created, but we are not yet sure of its location. These works are due to be completed by the Stratfield Saye Estate sometime in September 2011. Due to additional works upstream, involving the creation of additional areas of future spawning habitat for Barbel, the river will on occasion be very coloured whilst machines work in the river itself. FAS hope to be provided with a summary with plans of the current works from the Environment Agency in due course.
Senior Barbel Teach-In: River Loddon at Stanford End Sunday afternoon/evenings - 21st August, 18th September & 16th October 2011 Top end closed 10am-10pm. Meet at Car park A at 2.30pm. finish approximately 9.30pm. Restricted to 8 x FAS Members for each session. Duncan is an expert angler, fishing guide and feature writer for the angling press. He has kindly offered to give free tuition to those FAS Members that book on the courses to learn more about Barbel fishing. Juniors may apply for the Junior Barbel Teach-In: Junior Barbel Teach-In: Stanford End Sunday 4th September 2011 - Top End closed from 10am - 10pm. Transport: 2pm Mini bus pick up from Badshot Lea Small Pond car park, return by approx 9.30pm. Restricted to 6 x FAS Junior Members. Run by Duncan Charman & Dave Benton, the FAS Junior Members Organiser. To book your Places on either the Senior or Junior Barbel Teach-ins run by Duncan Charman, please call Mick or Fran at The Creel on 01252 320871 between 9am-6pm Monday to Saturday. You must give your name and permit number to book. First come, first reserved. Surface Carp Fishing: Junior Teach In 27th July 2011 - From 4pm - dusk. Badshot Lea Small Pond - Pegs 8 -18. Restricted to 6 Junior members. For details, call Dave Benton before 8pm on 07790 - 799524.
A new FAS record Chub of 7lb 5oz was caught from the River Loddon at Stanford End caught by Michael Tooke during October 2010.
The third and fourth FAS record claims of the season have been received. A Chub of 7lb 5oz from the River Loddon at Stanford End caught by Michael Tooke and a 38lb 8oz Common Carp from Badshot Lea Big Pond caught by John Triggs, the second time he has caught the fish this year ! Well done to both members, but will they still hold the record at the end of the season or will they be beaten ?
Just off Barge Lane, Heckfield, Berkshire
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From Hartley Wintney along B3011 towards Reading. Turn right along A33 at roundabout towards Wellington Country Park, turn left at roundabout, then over next towards Stanford End Bridge.
From Junction 11 of the M4, follow the signs for Basingstoke A33, at the end of the dual carriageway turn right at the roundabout towards Stanford End Bridge.
Car Park ‘B’ is situated in Barge Lane as indicated on the map.
Car Park ‘A’ is shared with the E.A. and is situated at the junction of Barge Lane as indicated on the map. Members are reminded to keep both car parks locked at all times, and to identify their vehicles with a sticker available from the Membership Secretary at ‘The Creel’.
Park only in designated car parks