River Wey Woodside Farm
OS Map Reference: SU 921 439
Postcode: GU8 6NQ
Water Type: River
Designation: General River
Head Bailiff: Bruce Kerby
Deputy Bailiff: Tony Jeatt
Local Police: 101
Mainly Chub to 4lb
Barbel to 12lb+
Grayling, Roach, Dace, Perch, Pike and Trout
A small river where mobility is the key to success, particularly where chub are concerned. There is two thirds of a mile, fishing at Woodside Farm. These are seldom busy stretches of the Wey
Travelling light and adopting a roving approach may pay dividends on this small river. Chub, Roach, Dace, Grayling, Perch, Pike, Trout and the odd Carp and Barbel to 10lb+ are present.
The spacious, secure car park enables easy access to the river itself without gates or stiles, but the banks are more uneven compared to those of the Somerset Bridge section.
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.
5th July 2016 - Tony Jeatt - Head Bailiff
A steady stream of anglers to be found on all three stretches. Trout , Dace and Bream are being caught on maggot . Chub to 5lb 8oz falling to Luncheon meat.
A tip for less experienced anglers.
The river Wey carries a lot of suspended silt, and last years fish holding swims may well be filled with sand, so I would suggest that anglers dropping into previously known fish holding swims should not waste too much time fishing them but seek out new swims that have been scoured out by the winter floods. These swims can be productive until the next heavy rain .
The down side of my report is the almost complete disappearance of the ranunculus water weed, I hope that this is being monitored by the EA, as the same applies at Dockenfield.
Perhaps its a natural cycle.
Woodside Farm & Broomfield, River Wey
River being mainly float fished in the evenings. One guy fished all night at Woodside Farm, he caught a 4lb 8oz Bream plus some Grayling. He was cooking cray fish on the river bank as he was catching them, let's hope that the idea catches on !
Broomfield: Chub, Grayling, Trout, Perch and Dace are being caught. Float fishing being the preferred method, as this way you can avoid the crayfish.
I float fished maggot for an hour this evening at the spot where an over hanging willow has been removed, it was a good spot to fish as there was no bank side vegetation or water weed. I caught Perch, Trout and Dace.
Also there are reports of more large Brown Trout, plus a suspected Sea Trout . I thought that a trout that fell to my fly many years ago was a Sea Trout and I have heard of others coming out, but can not verify. I know it sounds highly unlikely, but these fish are like bars of silver and different from a rainbow.
It would be good to get a photo of one.
Tony Jeatt, Head Bailiff
In search of my elusive first Barbel
The trip had been planned for 2 nights / 3 days in the hunt for elusive Barbel, a species that has always eluded me, even on the Hampshire Avon and the River Wye on numerous occasions.
This was my first visit to the River Wey at Woodside Farm having fished Somerset Bridge section last season for a day.
Weather was mixed; breezy fresh wind, heavy clouds, sunshine intervals and some light showers.
Walked the water (which was mid level, good flow with a little colour) and there are a few classic swims, with plenty of bank cover and healthy streamer weed.
Amazing Aberdeen Angus on opposite bank.
Set up base and pre baited baited 2 other swims; no one else on the fishery. Traps were set!
First late afternoon, maggot feeder with lighter end gear, resulting in a few 6-8 oz Grayling and couple of Chub to 1lb. An hour before dusk, switched to 2 rods for Barbel with luminous night tips....feeling confident. By 12.30am called it quits, let's see what morning brings.
Quiet night and morning brought a hot bacon butty and a coffee which worked well. Fished other 2 pre baited swims for an hour each, no more feed and blanked so back to base.
Mid afternoon landed first of several crayfish - sizeable American Signal, big red claws. All got the boot (sorry if you have a soft spot for these vermin). They had found the feed and moved in...was going to be difficult with regular bait checks needed.
Then it happened, rod virtually got thrown off rod rest, one of most powerful river takes I've witnessed. Got hold of it quickly and the fish was bolting down stream at rapid pace. Managed to gain some control and move it to open water. Fish kept low and it was solid as it bumped around the swim. After a couple of minutes and no visual at all, I knew this was something special. Tackle was 10lb main, 6lb link with size 14. Couldn't bully it too much.
Rain started but who cares, this was a serious fish. Rod bent over 180 and clutch set to max with fish taking several major runs of line. Another few minutes later, eventually he feeder surfaced and got the first brief glances of the tail. Was this a barbel but what else could have this much power? A Carp, no way a Chub, a rogue Pike?
Then it happened, an acrobatic display; completely out of the water on two occasions; amazing. I knew this was now not a Barbel, it was some sort of Trout/Salmon of amazing size. She was fighting like no other.
After what must have been 10 minutes she was landed, after a couple of failed attempts where she would not give in.
A truly incredible battle, which I won - not the Barbel, but an amazing species perfect, specimen Brown Trout.
I would guess her weight as being 10lb+. It was a lump!
It was very lucky that a dog walker (only person I saw in 2 days) witnessed this and was able to take some great photos.
She was handled with a lot of care and was kept in the landing net for at least 15 minutes to recover prior to release. She swam away strongly.
The rest of session (evening and following morning/early afternoon) produced 3 further Chub between 2-4lb, another Crayfish and a very satisfied (and lucky) member. The Barbel still remain elusive! Crayfish are a challenge.
Moved onto Stockbridge Pond at end of session, for a couple of hours, to try for Tench and Crucian. I caught lots of small Perch, Roach and then got a great Crucian of about 1lb....plus another American signal crayfish of some size. You got it, it got the boot!
An amazing 3 days.
(Photos on the gallery)
Catch Report - 21st January 2012
Numerous Perch to 3lb on maggot and worm. 5 small Chub to about a 1lb, plus Dace, Trout and one Pike of 5lb 8oz, also taken on maggot ! Two Bullheads also put in an appearance. unusual but nice to see - Tony Jeatt, Head Bailiff
Catch Report - 10th November 2011
All sections of the river have been very quiet owing to low water levels, and floating weed rafts, making fishing difficult. Anglers have been waiting for the rain to colour the water and flush the summer silt away. Last weeks rain has improved conditions and, the river is nicely coloured. - Tony Jeatt, Head Bailiff
Catch Report - 16th June to 31st August 2011
River Wey Elstead all three stretches. are being fished very lightly, trodden down swims but no anglers on the bank. Spoke to an angler who told me that he had caught some decent Perch from Woodside Farm. Perch are coming out in ever increasing numbers, and are growing at a good rate thanks to the Minnow population - Tony Jeatt, Head Bailiff
Catch Report Week Beginning 27th June 2011
Last week produced Grayling, Dace and Chub to maggot, Chub to 3lb 8oz on luncheon meat, numerous small Chub and Perch to legered worm: largest Perch about 2 lb. The river has a good flow and the colour is just right. More news next week - Tony Jeatt, Head Bailiff
Catch Report 30th December 2010
Now that the weather is back to normal, fishing should improve. Check out the gallery for some of this sections hidden treasures. Not long now before the season ends, so get down and give it a go down the river - Andy Darch - Head Bailiff.
Catch Report to December 2010
The season has not been bad this year, with a few good Barbel & Chub having been out this last few months. Hopefully the weather will settle down a bit and the rest of the season may fish as well. I would like to add that the river has been stocked with Barbel & Chub in the last few months by the Environment Agency. There will also be a new car park for 2011 season so look at your new handbook and in the newsletter. New signs will be put in place. Merry Xmas & a Happy New Year to all FAS members - Andy Darch - Head Bailiff.
Catch Report to November 2010
The rivers at the moment have recovered some of there Autumn water levels after recent rain. Dace and Roach are showing in small numbers New anglers are fishing the Elstead stretches and targeting Grayling, as they have never caught this species before, as these stretches are the only waters around here that contain them. A few Chub are showing. Woodside Farm has shown a few good Barbel and Chub. See the gallery. - Tony Jeatt, Head Bailiff
The new season is here and the weather looking good, so get your rod`s out. It would be great to see you all down on the bank, cheers Andy Darch - Head Bailiff. PS Take care at the entrance of the farm, where a building project is in progress so please drive slowly.
With June 16th just around the corner, be prepared for a great seasons river fishing and hope that the weather is on our side this season. I welcome all newcomers, so if you are up for a day down the river, give Woodside Farm a go. See you on the bank, Andy Darch - Head Bailiff. ps - Please don`t forget to take your litter home, thanks.
September has been rather slow and not many members have fished the section. There has been a lot of weed this year and a few fallen trees. Small dace to about 6-7oz and Chub to 4lb are being caught worth a few Trout as well. No reports of Barbel to date, but hopefully the autumn and winter will be better for the Pike. (AD)
Farnham Angling Society Record
|No Records Caught From This Venue Yet!|
- Members can fish about 1000 metres of bank. The top and bottom of the fishery will be denoted by FAS signs on the banks.
- Remember that Barbel must not be retained in keepnets (see Bye-law 4.j page 9).
- Night fishing is permitted, but consideration must be shown to the residents of the farm and noise must be kept to a minimum.
- Members can fly fish from 1st April to the 14th March inclusive for any species.
On 3rd December 2015 the Environment Agency delivered another batch of fish comprising of Dace, Chub and Barbel which were 18 months old and in great condition, from Calverton Fish Farm near Nottingham to the River Wey at Elstead.
Adrian Bicknell Fisheries Officer said “We expect to see a good survival and growth rate from these fish, the river looked in great condition for the time of year carrying a little colour”
The Environment Agency’s Calverton Fish Farm produces annually 450,000 fish which are stocked into rivers, ponds and lakes all over the country.
Farnham Angling Society appreciate having received another annual stocking of such fish from the EA and are delighted to have seen the fish stocks develop in the Elstead stretches over the last few years.
The eighteen month old fish were delivered from the Environment Agency’s Calverton fish farm near to Nottingham. The fish, which were counted into oxygenated transport tanks, are part of a consignment of 15,000 juvenile fish which have been stocked at different locations in Thames Region this autumn.
Just off Broomfield, Elstead, Surrey
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From Farnham, follow the B3001 into Elstead. Turn left into Broomfield, continue to the T-junction and turn right into Upper Ham Lane, then immediate left onto the track that leads to Woodside Farm. Proceed at a slow speed through the farm, the car park is to the left of the stables and is signposted.
Please do not park in front of the fuel tanks. Anglers must give way to vehicles using the farm and ensure that they keep noise to a minimum when accessing or leaving the fishery, especially before 7:00am and after 7:00pm.
From the car park proceed along the track turning right then left around the paddock to the river, the stretch is approximately 1000m. The top and bottom of the fishery will be denoted by FAS signs on the banks.