Sussex Branch of S&TC UK
and Cinder Hill Fly Fishing
at the Autumn
Show & Game Fair
Report by Rod Yuill.
Once again, the Sussex Branch of Salmon & Trout Conservation UK and
Cinder Hill Fly Fishing were at the Ardingly
showground for the Autumn Show & Game Fair on the 5th and 6th of
We set up the tent on the Friday afternoon as
usual without too many hitches, only to realise that one of the end walls was
inside out! However, this did not detract from the security or
weather proof ness of the tent so we left it as
Our thanks are due to all our volunteer members for
all the time and hard
work that they put into making our attendance at
the event this year the success that it was.
Thank you particularly to the stalwarts who
turned out at the last minute to help us with
the set-up and special mention must go to Dee
Price, Nick Price’s wife, who came along to help
with the set-up on Friday and also with the take
down on Sunday.
It would seem that no one can pack the trailer
quite as well as Maria Cumbers and now Dee Price.
We were surprised at how busy we
were on the Saturday which turned out to be the best
day, with activities in the “Have a Go” casting
virtually non stop from around 10 in the morning
until 4:30 in the afternoon and we were all very
grateful to Lucy Taylor for the highlight of the day
with her excellent ginger cake. I’m afraid I have to
guiltily own up to having gluttonously devoured 3
The public attendance on Sunday was rather
disappointing in spite of the greatly improved
weather over the initial forecast for rain and
strong winds, which luckily did not materialize,
although it did rain heavily overnight and it’s
quite likely that quite a few people decided to come
on the Saturday rather than Sunday because of this.
All those participating in the “Have a Go”
casting are entered into a draw for an Airflo Fly Fishing Kit and
this year’s winner was a young lady from Lewes who was so keen that
she actually had two sessions at the poolside.
There was quite a lot of interest in Cinder Hill
Fly Fishing, hopefully we will have recruited some potential new
members for next year.
We can now all relax and recover until the Annual
South of England Summer Show in June next year
with the Countryside 2019
On a fine
summer day, on Thursday the 11th June, hundreds if not thousands
of year 5 and 6 primary school children from schools in Sussex,
Kent and Surrey descended on the Ardingly showground for the
annual Connect with the Countryside day, when they hopefully get
to learn all about food, farming, the countryside, the
environment and experience country pursuits.
As usual, the
Sussex Branch of S&TC UK and Cinder Hill Fly Fishing members were in attendance to provide a fly casting experience and
our 3 instructors were kept very busy, although unfortunately,
due to the sheer numbers, not all the children were able to have
all departed at around 2:30 in the afternoon and we were then
able to take a well earned rest before retiring to the Norfolk
Pavilion for a late snack lunch and a drink (or two !) provided
by the organizers.
during the event, when asked what was the best experience they
had during the day, one of the children said “the fly fishing”,
so we must have got something right and it’s gratifying to know
that our efforts were appreciated.
Sussex Branch S&TC UK
and Cinder Hill Fly Fishing
at the South of England Show
Once again, the Sussex Branch of Salmon & Trout
Conservation UK together with members of Cinder Hill Fly Fishing were at the
South of England Show at Ardingly on the 6th, 7th, and 8th of June
We set up the tent on the Tuesday afternoon as
usual and confounded our regular spectators who look to us to
provide some much needed entertainment by completing the task
without any hitches. It has been known for us to have the tent
almost completed before realising that one of the sidewalls was
Unfortunately, some unhelpfully timed rain showers
ensured that most of us returned home feeling rather damp.
The weather continued to be unkind on the
Thursday with occasional showers and a stiff breeze.
Things were even worse on the Friday with a
strong wind and almost continual rain all day, such that we spent
most of the time huddled in the tent in the dry, however, some brave individuals defied the weather and we
recruited several people who were interested in coming to the
Cinder Hill Fly Fishing lakes
for a “Taster Session”, while surprisingly, there were also even
some who wanted to “Have-a-Go” at fly casting in spite of the
The weather certainly deterred visitor numbers on
the first two days and we all kept our fingers crossed for the
Saturday, which indeed was a much better day and although mostly
cloudy, there were some encouraging sunny intervals. The “Have-a-Go”
casting was busy
including some of the police cadets who were present at the event
and in addition there were several further
recruits for the “Taster Sessions”.
The draw for the “Have-a-Go” prize rod, together
with a box of flies donated by Selectafly, were won by an
enthusiastic young man from Chelwood Gate.
Although the public numbers appeared to be
significantly lower than last year, the team worked hard to make
contact with as many members of the public as possible.
Again, we make no apology for mentioning our hard
working band of volunteer Instructors as well as Sussex Branch S&TC
and Cinder Hill Fly Fishing members who put up with some unpleasant conditions and
worked hard to make the show a success for us and helped recruit
possible new members for S&TC UK and the Cinder Hill Fly
We are indebted to everyone who supported us and
will again be attending the Autumn Show and Game Fair at Ardingly on
the 5th and 6th of October so why not come along and see us there.
Cinder Hill Fly Fishing Treasurer, has since received the following email
from the South of England Agricultural Society.
writing on behalf the Society and, in particular, the
Countryside Education Committee, to thank you and the
members of the Cinder Hill Fishing group for the huge amount
of support you give to us throughout the year and in
particular at the South of England Show.
are aware, all of us in the Discover the Countryside Area,
look forward to the arrival of your team and the sight of
you all putting up your tent tells us the Show is really on
it way !
opportunity for all ages of visitors to try their hand at
fly fishing is so important and you all make it so
interesting and enjoyable. I understand that the winner of
your prize was very complimentary about the show and his
experiences. I‘m sure that such a comment is worthy of
sharing with others both involved in the show and our
members, followers and visitors.
appreciate the advise you give us on the care of the lake.
It is such an important asset to the showground and utilised
on a number of occasions to educate and entertain our
forward to seeing you at the Connect with the Countryside
Day in July.
Very best wishes,
Carole Hayward JP DL.
Deputy President of the SEAS 2019 and
Chairman of the Countryside Education Committee.
Cinder Hill Fly
First instigated by member Laurie Storer some 3
years ago, the annual Charity Day this year was held on Sunday 28th
April, this time at the Cinder Hill lakes, whereas the previous 2 events had
been held at Piplye Ponds.
In glorious weather, 23 members and guests
enjoyed a great day and partook of a scrumptious barbeque with
plenty of cool beer and other drinks on offer, while thanks to the generosity of those present,
donations and the proceeds of a raffle, raised an amazing £565 for
the Macmillan Cancer Support Charity, a most worthy cause, well done
Thanks are due to Laurie and Mark Orchin, the
Cinder Hill Fly Fishing
Secretary, for organizing the day, and especially Val and Mandy for
manning (womanning ?) the BBQ, who kept everyone fed and watered all day.
Oh! and the fishing wasn’t bad either, a total of 40
hard fighting rainbow and brown trout being landed over the course
of the day - Brilliant!
Match with the Sussex Branch of the Fly Dressers Guild,
the 13th April 2019
Report courtesy of Tony Kaatze.
At last the
weather gods relented and presented us with a perfect day at
this beautiful venue near Petworth in West Sussex for the annual
match between the Sussex Branch of the Fly Dressers Guild and
a combined S&TC UK Sussex Branch /
Cinder Hill Fly Fishing team.
The fishing was
patchy, with some anglers bagging up in the morning and others
struggling, however everyone caught, with one exception, who, it
was claimed, was a fifth columnist “lent” to the other side!
Lake proved to be the most difficult, with Birch being the most
productive with Rosies close behind. First to bag up was Rod
Yuill of S&TC UK, but it proved to be a false start as the final
tally showed that FDG Sussex were a country mile ahead with 36
fish for a total weight of 84lb, with Ray Burt having the best
bag and best fish of the day of 14lb 13oz and 6lb 12oz
respectively, while our team landed 27 fish for 51lb 11oz, with
Mike Newman having the best bag of 8lb 5oz.
This was a most
enjoyable and convivial day, with many anglers qualifying for
both teams and the lunch was as usual outstanding – Caroline did
us proud – especially with the Pavlova!
Thanks also to
Martin who provided us with excellent fishing, although the big
browns he had put in failed to succumb to our efforts.
So the cup remains
with the Fly Dressers for another year, let’s hope 2020 is as good as
this, when perhaps revenge will be ours!
Chairman's New Year Newsletter, January 2019
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