Cinder Hill Trout Syndicate together with the Sussex Branch of S&TC UK were at the Autumn Show & Game Fair at Ardingly again this year on Saturday the 6th. and Sunday the 7th. of October.  The weather forecast for the first day of the show was was not good with heavy rain anticipated in the afternoon.  The Saturday morning was cloudy, breezy and cool and right on cue the rain started at about 1;00pm.  Visitors to our stand were fewer than we had hoped in the morning and the rain in the afternoon kept people in the covered areas of the show with very few venturing our way.  Luckily, the second day of the show was completely different.  The weather was bright with long periods of sunshine and we were rewarded with a good public attendance.  This year most of the Casting participants were adults with only a few juniors wanting to Have-a-Go.  Our Casting prize  Fly Rod Kit was won by a young man from Hartfield.  Our “Taster Days” proved very popular with approximately 10 experienced Fly Anglers expressing interest in coming along to the fishery for a trial session with a view to future syndicate membership.  Maintaining an adequate membership is vital for the future of the Syndicate.  We also provided S&TC UK application forms to several interested anglers.

Once again we are indebted to our Game Angling Instructors as well as Syndicate and Sussex Branch S&TC UK volunteer members who gave up most of their valuable weekends to make this a successful show for our two organisations once again, in spite of the weather.



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The 2018 Online Auction has now closed and successful bidders have been contacted with the good news.

This year the catalogue of auction lots was expanded further and included a broad range of interesting and valuable items.

Total bids in 2018 almost doubled the value of bids in 2017 demonstrating the popularity of the event and at the same time generating very valuable revenue for the syndicate.

Thanks therefore to all our sponsors and individuals who gave so generously and have continued to support us. Thanks also to everyone else for all their hard work making this event possible.


Cinder Hill Fly Fishing and Sussex Branch S&TC UK at the South of England Show 2018.

The South of England Show was held at Ardingly this year on the 7th. 8th. and 9th. of June and, once again, Cinder Hill Fly Fishing Syndicate and the Sussex Branch of the S&TC UK were there.  Thursday and Friday were a bit cloudy to start with but there were long periods of warm sunshine.  Saturday was warm and sunny all day and the visitors were out in force.  The Instructors were kept very busy with large numbers of both adults and juniors wanting to “Have-a-Go” at fly casting.  Encouraging numbers of the people visited the tent during the day and approximately fifteen Anglers signed up for our “Taster Sessions” with a view to joining the Fishing Syndicate.  Once again several of our existing Syndicate and Sussex Branch S&TC members called into the tent to say Hello.

Once again, I make no apology for mentioning our hard working band of volunteer Instructors as well as Syndicate and Sussex Branch S&TC Members without whom it would not be possible for us to attend these shows which are so valuable in helping with recruitment to the Syndicate as well as the Sussex Branch S&TC UK. The Show was a great success and we are indebted to everyone who supported us.

We shall be attending the Autumn Show and Game Fair at Ardingly on the 6th. and 7th. of of October so do try to come along and see us there.

Match with the Sussex Branch of the Fly Dressers Guild, Saturday the 14th. of April 2018

The Annual Match with the Sussex Branch of the Fly Dressers Guild was held on Saturday the 14th. of April and, once again, took place at Duncton Mill.  It was a cool misty morning and visibility on the drive over there was not good.  Everyone arrived at around 8:30am. and, as usual, a welcome cup of coffee was available in the Lodge.  The Draw for the order of lakes to be fished took place at 9:00am and we all set off in the mist to our first lake. Initially, the mist seemed to become denser before eventually the sun managed to burn it off by mid-morning. Some fish were caught within minutes of arriving at the lake but it took me some time and a few flies snagged in trees before I managed to break my duck and land my first fish.  By the time the bell rang to change lakes most people had been lucky and caught at least one fish.  We all moved to our second lake at 11:45am. and continued to fish until lunch when everyone made their way back to the Lodge.  Once again an excellent lunch was provided by Martin and Caroline and at about 2:00pm we made our way back to our final lake of the day.  Fish continued to be caught in the afternoon until the final bell when we all convened for the weigh-in and a good number of people had managed to catch their 4 fish.  Unfortunately for us, the Fly Dressers had managed to catch a greater number of fish and two or three of their fish were in excess of 4lb. meaning that the total weight of their fish exceeded ours.  They, therefore, retained the Trophy of yet another year.  However, it was a very enjoyable day and the weather had been good. Surely it has to be our turn soon.

Cinder Hill Fly Fishing with Sussex Branch S&TC UK at the Autumn Show & Game Fair, Ardingly 2017

We attended the Autumn Show and Game Fair at the Ardingly show ground together with the Sussex Branch S&TC UK again this year.  The Show was held on Saturday the 29th. of September and Sunday the 1st.of October.

We set up the tent, as usual, on the Friday afternoon and I must admit to arriving late for this, however, that seemed to have had a beneficial effect as, apparently, everything had gone very smoothly till then.  There was a small shower but luckily that didn’t arrive until the roof was on.

The weather on Saturday started off cloudy and dry and we were kept moderately busy with a steady stream of visitors through the tent.  The Instructors were also kept busy mainly with juniors wishing to Have-a-Go at Fly Casting.

The weather forecast had warned us to expect a day that was going to be wetter and windier on Sunday and it was to some extent.  However, the footfall of visitors to the tent seemed to be better than on the Saturday.  Similar to previous years, there was steady interest in membership of the Fishing Syndicate as well as S&TC UK.  However, we will have to wait and see whether this improves membership numbers next year.  There was also a great deal of interest in the last Course of the year which I understand is now fully subscribed.  Several people left their details because they were interested in attending a Course next year.  Our attendance at these shows is probably the best way that we are managing to recruit new members to the Syndicate as well as S&TC UK.

Needless to say again, that our attendance at these Shows is wholly due to the time and hard work of our trusty band of Instructors and Volunteers to whom we owe our immense gratitude.

We shall be attending the iFish Event at Ardingly on Sunday the 19th. of November and then we shall be at the South of England Show at Ardingly next June so please put these dates into your diary and come along to see us.






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Updated November 2018