Welcome to Verulam Trout


Notice is given of the Annual Meeting of Verulam Trout to be held on Tuesday 15th January 2019 at New Greens Residents Association Hall High Oaks, St Albans, AL3 6DL.

7.30pm for 8.00 pm start.

At this meeting dates for the 2019 fly fishing seasons will be announced together with proposals for season and day permit prices for both Riverside Road and Bellows Mill. Members will also be able to order and pay their season permits.

Verulam Trout Newsletters (.PDF)
  April 2018  March 2018  February 2018 

Click below to download (PDF file) of our newcomers guide to

Fly Fishing for Trout at Riverside Road and Bellows Mill

The Verulam Angling Club  has for over forty years organized 10 weeks of fly-fishing for trout at its Riverside Road fishery from February to April. Guests may be taken, see details below. Following the acquisition by VAC of Ford and Mill lakes at Bellows Mill near Eaton Bray, Ford Lake was developed into an additional trout fly-fishing water.

This trout fishery is open for most of the year and has two main seasons, February to June and September to December. Non VAC member guest tickets are available during the main spring and autumn seasons at each fishery. The remaining weeks when the Bellows Mill fishery is open it is VAC members only.

Any VAC member can fish the trout waters by purchasing either a season or a day ticket in advance.   

Mal Shaw's super 7lb Rainbow from Riverside Road


The trout fisheries are stocked with Rainbows. Fishing is by fly only and there is a strict 3-fish limit per day on both waters.

We also have a number of brown trout in Ford Lake that can be fished for on a Catch & Release (C&R) basis. Members fishing at Ford Lake must immediately return any brown trout caught and these do not count towards the 3-fish limit.

All rainbow trout caught must be killed and once the limit has been reach all fishing must cease. A reminder that it is a VAC rule that all hooks should be barbless or have the barb flattened. We hope this will allow the browns to grow on for future sport. 

A prime consideration will be the welfare of returned brownies and the committee will monitor the situation especially if the weather turns too warm. Notices will advise of any changes to this.

Availability can be checked via the calendar on the VAC website and an email to vactroutbm@gmail.com stating your requirements is all that is needed. Hope to see you on the water soon.

See Panel Below Regarding How to Buy Tickets at Either Fishery

Our beautiful Ford Lake

Verulam Trout Ticket Prices and Dates 2018/9

The following prices and dates were agreed at the 2018 Verulam Trout Annual Meeting.



Full Season

Half Season

Full Floating

Half Floating


Off Season *

Riverside Road

09/02/18 to 19/04/18

£108 (1)

£62 (2)

£134 (3)

£72 (4)



Bellows Mill Spring

22/02/18 to 20/06/18

£87 (5)






Bellows Mill Autumn

27/09/18 to 19/12/18

£87 (5)







As Above

£103 (6)







As Above

£25 (7)

* Off Season is at Ford Lake, Bellows Mill only and is from 21/06/18 to 31/0718 and 20/12/18 to 31/01/19 inclusive.

(1) One named day per week throughout the season (10 visits).       } also see note 8      

(2) One named day per fortnight throughout the season (5 visits).    }   “       “      “     “

(3) Any one day per week throughout the season (10 visits).             }   “      “      “     “

(4) Any one day per fortnight throughout the season (5 visits).          }   “      “      “     “

(5) A season permit at Ford Lake, Bellows Mill allows eight visits each season but only once in each designated week. Details on permit.

(6) A dual permit allows one named day per fortnight at Riverside Road (5 visits) plus any day at Bellows Mill (4 visits) at least two weeks apart throughout the season.

(7) Guest Tickets. One guest may accompany members to fish under the same rules. A Guest Ticket at Bellows Mill also allows coarse fishing on Mill Lake.

(8) Riverside Road bookings or amendments must be made via Chris Jennings, Richard Russell or Bob Ring – see contact details below.


Applications for season permits should be made to:- Barry Evans (Secretary) trout@verulam-angling.co.uk 

Day Tickets and Guest Tickets are available from:-

Chris Jennings       tel: 01442.265866 (early evening) (chrisjjennings@btinternet.com)

Richard Russell      tel: 01727.838178 (richardrussell_9@sky.com)

Bob Ring                  tel: 07747795334 (bobring@btinternet.com)

Barry Arthurs (Bellows Mill only) 0745 3264 662  evenings



Reduced VAC Subscription for members only fly fishing  at Ford Lake, Bellows Mill and Riverside Road during the trout seasons.

Trout Only  - Adult Senior Subscription: £58*

Trout Only – Concessionary Subscription – Disabled and over 65 : £40*

*Plus season or day permit charge for trout fishing



To see how many anglers are booked to fish on any day check the calendar. Riverside Road  Click here
The Riverside Road and Bellows Mill calendars can be viewed by clicking on the links. Both calendars should be viewed in WEEK mode, tab is top right of screen. Bellows Mill   Click here

 NOTE – Tickets are only available to current VAC members - to join see the link in the main body of the Website.

Free Fly Fishing Guidance 

In February and March, the beginning of the trout fishing year, Verulam Trout usually run  an introduction to fly fishing and casting sessions free of charge. Although we provide a rod and line for these sessions many newcomers, understandably, lack the basic equipment to start fishing straight away. With this in mind the Club have purchased enough equipment to allow members to borrow an outfit so that they can simply buy a day ticket and start catching.

For a deposit, or outright purchase, of £50 for each outfit VAC members can then buy an appropriate fishing ticket, or tickets, and start fly fishing.  The outfit consists of a matching rod, reel, line and leaders ready assembled together with an assortment of  flies.

If they are "hooked" on fly fishing they can then buy tackle of their own choice at a later date and hand the club's outfit back for a full refund (less any breakages). If needed free casting and fishing guidance comes with the package. Any VAC members can, at any time of the year, take up this offer by contacting Bob Ring  

Other Verulam Trout Fly Fishing

Verulam Trout also arrange a few fun fly fishing competitions in aid of charity and BBQs to mark the end of the seasons on their waters.

We will also be arranging Away Days on Saturdays to commercial Fisheries throughout the year. Dates to be announced.

Please contact Richard Russell  if you would like to join us.



The exact dates for 2019 sessions will be announced in January 2019

An Introduction to Fly-Fishing: Riverside Road (indoors) 10am – 2.30

Covers choice of equipment and techniques of fly-fishing (refreshments included)

Casting Clinic: Riverside Road 10am - noon

Basics of fly-casting

Any members (or friends) interested should contact Clive Butcher

Only members of VAC or their guests can fish any VAC water

Other Verulam Trout Fly Fishing 2018

Verulam Trout also arrange a few, fun, fly fishing competitions in aid of charity and BBQs to mark the end of the seasons on their waters.

We will also be arranging Away Days on Saturdays to the following commercial throughout the year.

Saturday 12th May at Norton Fishery, Stapleford Tawney Trout Farm, Epping Lane, Stapleford Tawney, Essex

Saturday 9th June at Holbury Lakes Trout Fishery, Holbury Lane, Lockerley, Hampshire

Saturday 8th September at Rutland Water Fishing Lodge, Edith Weston, Oakham, Rutland

Saturday 20th October at Thornwood Springs, Carpenters Arms Lane, Thornwood Epping, Essex

Please contact Richard Russell if you would like to join us at these fisheries.

2018 Verulam Trout Fly Fishing So Far

Riverside Road

This year our trout fishing started on 9th February at Riverside Road and with the water levels much higher than last year the most of early fly fishermen saw their daily limit of three fish during the first few weeks. At the end of week two Mal Shaw landed an exceptional rainbow of 7lbs hooked on a tiny size 14 Kingfisher Butcher wet fly.

Perversely as we moved into March the weather turned colder and for the first time in around forty years of fly fishing we had to close the fishing because of a covering of ice. It thawed after five days and the fishing continued without much deterioration. Although uncomfortable for the anglers the low temperatures kept the catch rate up but this did inevitably fall slightly as the stock diminished.

The Dave Marlborough Memorial Match at the beginning of the last week of the season saw sixteen anglers catch fourteen fish in two hours; quite a change from earlier years when the event usually only resulted in a total catch of around half a dozen trout.

By contrast to the cool spring the last week of the season was a mini heat-wave with the highest April temperatures recorded since 1949 on the final day. Surprisingly many members still caught their limit on their last visit of the season making the season average catch nearly 2.2 trout per visit. A much better season than last year.

Bellows Mill 2018 Autumn Season

Although we started in September ‘Climate Change’ seems responsible for high water temperatures during the summer months that linger into autumn. This resulted in our trout fishing being a little erratic until November. However things picked up in the latter months with some fine fish approaching 6lbs being caught. The autumn season ends on 19th December although fishing continues with £10 day permits until the new spring season starts in 2019.

Any other information regarding Verulam Trout contact Barry Evans Verulam Trout Secretary

From our archives

Click the  to see Neil's article in the Herts Advertiser



 Trout Section Round up

If you wish to see more photos from previous seasons at Riverside, along with photos from the away days and more, click here!

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