04.06.14 – Return to Tillingbourne Syndicate at Chilworth

Back in November last year, some FishabilityUK members assembled on Surrey’s River Tillingbourne just downstream of Chilworth, to offer keepering services to the local syndicate for the day and help to improve a stretch. See earlier post.

We returned on Wednesday evening to see how our work had developed – had it even survived the weeks of winter floods? – and to fish upon the products of our labours.

Syndicate members Mike and Rob inspect a November bank repair which has endured the winter floods remarkably well

Syndicate members Mike and Rob inspect a November bank repair which has endured the winter floods remarkably well

We met up with the Syndicate for a 4pm brew, and discussed how we might tackle the evening’s fishing. The mayfly hatch was past it’s peak, given our very mild but wet winter, but the river was looking really healthy, and running clear too. So much better than the ‘poor’ weather forecast had predicted. We got away with a stunning couple of hours fishing, tempting some stock rainbows, although the indigenous browns proved far more elusive. Syndicate members were on hand to offer a 1:1 guiding service, whilst masterchef Rob Marsden set up the field kitchen for an impressive barbecue. Fish came to the nymph, and by our food break we had taken a couple of brace.

Sam covers a fish downstream of our bank repair

Sam covers a fish downstream of our bank repair

The barbecue was sumptuous and much enjoyed by all, whereupon, the heavens opened and a monster thunderstorm rattled over. We were safe beneath a very effective gazebo, picked up from Halfords at Crawley, who very kindly gave us a generous donation towards the charity. Thanks so much from us all!

After the storm, for a June evening, the temperature dropped significantly, and although we fished through to about 9pm, the fish seemed to have gone to bed early.

Frank drops a nymph onto a likely lie, guided by David Naisby

Frank drops a nymph onto a likely lie, guided by David Naisby

Over all, what a fantastic evening, and thoroughly enjoyed by all. Thanks to all the members who gave up their time and fishery for the evening! We plan to return in the winter to carry out some more bank repairs!

Crispin Harding-Rolles gives Alan some good advice on how to tackle the river

Crispin Harding-Rolles gives Alan some good advice on how to tackle the river

A lovely brace for Alan

A lovely brace for Alan

In the twilight, with the mist coming down, Frank took the last fish of the evening

In the twilight, with the mist coming down, Frank took the last fish of the evening

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