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Fly Fishing for Trout at Riverside Road and Bellows Mill

The Verulam Angling Club  has for nearly forty years organized 10 weeks of fly-fishing for trout at its Riverside Road fishery from the end of February to early May. 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, normally March to June and September to December. Non VAC member guest tickets are available during the two seasons, The remaining weeks when the 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. The trout fisheries are stocked with Rainbows and at Bellows Mill a small number of brown trout are also stocked. Fishing is by fly only and there is a strict 3 fish limit per day on both waters.  

An early season rainbow from Riverside.

2017 Trout Season


Riverside Road

The trout season at Riverside Road will be from 24th February to 4th May. Members can purchase a whole, part or floating season ticket or day tickets with differing prices reflecting administration costs. The prices are:-.

Riverside Road tickets 2017:-

Floating season (£130): Allows fishing on any one day each week for the season subject to notifying the administrator of chosen day before starting to fish.

Full season (£105): Allows fishing on the same pre-named day for the season.

Half Floating and Half Season (£70 & £60): As above but on alternate weeks.

Day Ticket (£16): Allows VAC members fly-fishing for the named day.

Guest Tickets (£24): Allows members to take an accompanied guest to fish under the same rules (no concessions or half price tickets).

Dual Ticket (£100)

For 2016 we are introducing a Dual Season Ticket allowing members to fish five named days at Riverside Road on alternate weeks and any four days at Ford Lake, Bellows Mill but at least fourteen days apart.



Ford Lake - Bellows Mill : For 2017 the season is split in two seasons as the warmer weather during the summer months of July and August will inhibit trout fishing. Each part is treated separately although you can of course buy tickets for both parts.

The Spring season runs from 9th March until 21st June after which no further stock  will be added until the autumn.


During July, August and early September potential high water temperatures in Ford Lake may cause distress to trout so we will not be stocking or fishing at this time. Fresh stock will be added and the Autumn Season will run from 28th September to 20th December when no further stock will be added. However we anticipate there will still be a good head of trout in the lake and from 29th December - 28th February 2018 members can fly fish on a Winter Day Ticket at a reduced rate with the same rules.

Ford Lake Tickets 2017:- 

Season Ticket (£85): Allows fishing for 8 days over the season.

Day Ticket (£16): Allows VAC members fly-fishing for the named day.

Winter Day Ticket (£10): Ford Lake is not stocked after December but members can buy a Day Ticket until the end of February; water conditions allowing.

Guest Tickets (£24): Allows VAC members to take an accompanied guest to either water to fish under the same rules. This Guest Ticket also allows coarse fishing on Mill Lake.

Dual Ticket (as Riverside Road)


Catch & Release, Ford Lake - Bellows Mill

We now 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

How to Buy Season or Day Tickets Or Re-Arrange a Season Ticket Day.

Telephone one of the ticket sellers:

  • Bob Ring                  Harpenden   0774 7795 334    Afternoon, before 7pm

  • Richard Russell      St Albans   01727 838178     before 10pm

  • Chris Jennings       Hemel Hempstead   0776 1212 354    early evening

  • Barry Arthurs          Eaton Bray (Bellows Mill only)  0745 3264 662  evenings


Day Tickets  £16 Available to VAC members.

Guest Tickets  £24

Guest Tickets (one per day) can only be purchased by VAC members who must accompany their guest to the fishery.

Between Seasons Tickets for Bellows Mill £10  Available to VAC members

Pay cash or by cheque, payable to ‘Verulam Angling Club (St Albans) Ltd.’


Season Ticket holders at Riverside Road can Bank or Reschedule a fishing day by calling Bob, Richard or Chris.


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 £85 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  

The dates for 2017 are:-

An Introduction to Fly-Fishing: Riverside Road (indoors) - 18th  February 2017 10am - 2.30

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

Casting Clinic: (venue TBA) 26th February 2017 10am - noon

Basics of fly-castin

Any members (or friends) interested should contact Clive Butcher

Only members of VAC or their guests can fish any VAC water but reduced cost membership is available until 15th June

Other Verulam Trout Fly Fishing 2017 

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 fisheries:-

29th April :- Thornwood Springs
27th May :- Eyebrook
23rd September :- Elinor
21st October :- Ringstead Grange

For further details about joining in and fly fishing please contact 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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