Welcome to Verulam Angling Club Trout Section
The Annual Meeting for the Trout Section will be held at 7.30pm on Tuesday 7th January 2014 at New Greens Social Club, High Oaks, St Albans, AL3 6DL when the timetable and prices for VAC trout fishing in 2014 will be announced. At this meeting members will be able to order trout fishing season tickets for both Riverside Road and Ford Lake, Bellows Mill. All VAC members welcome.
The VAC has for over thirty years organized 10 weeks of fly-fishing for trout at its Riverside Road fishery around the time of the traditional coarse close season from the end of February to early May.
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 that members can enjoy virtually the whole year.
All VAC members can join in subject to purchasing either a season or a day ticket in advance to cover the cost of the trout. Fishing is by fly only and there is a strict 3 fish limit per day on both waters.
Ken Mourton displays one of the bigger rainbows from Riverside this year, a wonderful six pounder landed in mid April.
2013 Trout Season
- Season now completed
The 2013 season at Riverside Road ran to a similar pattern to previous years from 22nd February to 2nd May. Members could purchase a whole, part or floating season ticket or day tickets with differing prices reflecting administration costs.
Riverside Road tickets :-
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 (£100): Allows fishing on the same pre-named day for the season.
Half Floating and Half Season (£70 & £55): As above but on alternate weeks.
Day Ticket (£15): Allows fishing for the named day.
One of the highlights at Riverside Road is the Dave Marlborough Memorial Match to be held this year on Friday 26th April. Last year fifteen anglers took part and caught a record 29 fish, about 20 more than in previous years! Several anglers caught four fish but Richard Russell just pipped the rest of them by half an ounce.
Ford Lake - Bellows Mill
For 2013 the season is again split in two parts as it is anticipated the warmer weather during the summer months of July and August may inhibit trout fishing. Each part is treated separately although you can of course buy tickets for both parts.
The Spring season runs from 28th March and ends on 19th June. The Autumn season starts on 5th September and runs until 27th November.
Ford Lake Tickets are available as follows:-
Season Ticket (£80): Allows fishing 8 days over the season.
Day Ticket (£15): Allows fishing for the named day. Between the seasons Ford Lake is not stocked but members can buy a Day ticket for £10; water conditions allowing.
Guest Tickets (£22): Allows members to take an accompanied guest to either water to fish under the same rules
Ford Lake - Bellows Mill (continued)
Availability can be checked via the calendar on the VAC website and an email to email@example.com stating your requirements is all that is needed. Hope to see you on the water soon.
Our beautiful Ford Lake
Each half-season is treated separately although you can of course buy tickets for both. A season ticket will allow members to fish eight times per twelve week season.
Season ticket holders can fish any day they wish but only one visit per week. Again, as with last year, day tickets will be available subject to space availability.
Catch & Release, Ford Lake - Bellows Mill
Many members have enquired about catch and release (C&R) fly-fishing on VAC waters. Following a trial, members fishing at Ford Lake may, if they wish, immediately return any brown trout caught and not count these towards their 3 fish limit. All rainbows must be taken and once three fish, brown or rainbow, have been killed all fishing must cease as with current rules. Any browns returned must be reported on the return sheet.
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.
Because of the 2013 hot summer the autumn season water in Ford Lake, Bellows Mill was not conducive to trout fly-fishing and many members have delayed their visits. As a result we have decided to extend the autumn season until 11th December 2013 to take advantage of the cooler water.
Here's Mal Shaw with a rainbow of 5-12 from Ford Lake
How to Buy Season or Day Tickets Or Re-Arrange a Season Ticket Day.
We now operate a text/on-line ticketing system. Members can view a calendar showing the days that have day tickets available in the links below then contact the numbers shown to purchase a ticket. It is hoped that the calendar will be updated at least daily but please give as much notice as possible to help with administration. Please see links below to first check the calendar and then to book a ticket.
For instructions to view a calendar of available day tickets at Riverside Road click here.
Members wishing to buy a day ticket to fly-fish Riverside Road or for details of how to re-arrange a season ticket day click here.
Click here for link to Bellows Mill calendar. (Click on “week” top RH when open)
Members wishing to buy a day ticket to fly-fish Ford Lake at 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.
Trout Fishing Away Days 2014
As in previous years the Trout Section will be arranging visits to other fly-fishing waters during 2014. Details to be announced.
Returns (Excel format) : 2009 2010 2011 More 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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Oster Bayne's 2010 Review