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The Coronavirus Pandemic and Fishing - 30th April 2020

In view of the Government regulations for us all to stay at home, only go out once a day for exercise and stopping all non essential travel, all fishing has had to cease for the time being, with all waters being closed until Government instructions allow us to resume our activities. Those of us who are anglers, are all spending a lot of time dreaming about going fishing once again and we hope that the actions imposed upon us all help to bring this virus under control in the not too distant future, allowing us to enjoy our freedom and enjoy our fishing once again.

The Angling Trust has been working hard behind the scenes taking a proactive role to make the case for the safe resumption  of fishing once the Government decides that some restrictions can be lifted and this piece from the Telegraph of the 23rd April may be a promising sign that their efforts have been noticed and there may now be some light at the end of the tunnel.

Please take a look at the latest news from the Trust detailing their stance on this matter which can be viewed at:

We can be sure that the anglerís voice is being heard and the Trust is doing all it can to enable us all to get out there as soon as possible and to enjoy our fishing once again.

Many of us are already individual members of the Angling Trust.  However, for all those anglers who are not, now would be a very good time to sign up to add your support to our national organisation representing angling in all itís forms at the highest level, which does so much to fight for our fish and fishing as well  as offering discounts on the purchase of various items ranging from fishing tackle, white goods and day tickets on some waters and includes 3rd Party Civil Liability Insurance.

The more members they have the louder will be their voice in representing angling interests in the UK. 

At the moment, the Trust is offering a free gift worth £29 for all those taking out individual membership and paying by Debit/Credit Card or by Direct Debit. As the annual subscription is also £29 (£25 for Senior Citizens of 65 or over) membership would effectively cost you nothing for the year. Details of how to join are in their newsletter, or visit their website at


Some Light Relief !

With no fishing allowed due to the current coronavirus lockdown, in attempt to lighten the mood during these worrying times, one of the Cinder Hill Fly Fishing members, who is an avid fly dresser, forwarded this cartoon, which brought the following response from another member.

Enjoy and have a laugh!



It has come to my belated attention that you circulated amongst your fishing coterie a derogatory and tasteless pictorial lampoon of that most dedicated of souls, the Fly Tier.

We have serious intent regarding this ancient craft and have taken serious umbrage to your missive. Was it not dear Isaac himself who stated in his book "now the flies, which is the third bait wherewith trouts are usually taken" not enough to inspire you?

An unreserved apology and written withdrawal is expected forthwith.

Our motto is and will remain" honi soti qui mal y pense".

I am of the Amish persuasion and as such my reluctant colleague who abrogates himself entirely of content has agreed to forward my comments.


T Chomondly-Mascelain    Chairperson, Pan Global Fly Tying Consortium

2020 Branch Annual General Meeting

The Branch AGM took place in the Chailey Village Hall, in the afternoon of Saturday 7th March 2020.

With very little business to discuss and all Officers happy to serve for a further term, the meeting was soon over.

To view or download the minutes of the meeting, please click here


Obituary, Jim (The Fish) Smith, 31.07.1944 to 27.12 2019

It is with great sadness that we report the peaceful passing, on 27th December, in Eastbourne Hospital, of Jim Smith, a much loved and familiar character to so many anglers here in the south east.

Jim was a long time member of Salmon & Trout Conservation and for some years also a member of the Cinder Hill Trouting Syndicate, although unfortunately he didnít manage to fish very much in recent years.

From his home in Isfield, in his capacity as bailiff for the Ouse Angling Preservation Society and the Environment Agency, Jim would walk the banks of his beloved rivers Ouse and Uck and woe betide anyone caught fishing without an appropriate permit or licence.

A true countryman, his knowledge of the rivers and the flora and fauna surrounding them, their history and nature in general was without equal and he was always more than happy to convey this knowledge to anyone interested.

Jim will be sorely missed but well remembered by all who knew him.

A further tribute to Jim follows, courtesy of Mark Orchin, Secretary of Cinder Hill Fly Fishing.

I remember fondly the many chats I had with Jim along the river bank on the Sussex Ouse going back over 30 years, his figure instantly recognisable slowly making his way down the bank towards us anglers to check our licence, give advice and have a good old chin wag about anything to do with the river and its inhabitants.

Jim (As Field Officer and honorary Bailiff) wrote regularly in the Ouse and Arun River Trust (OART) quarterly magazine by way of his countryside diary, where it was clear that his countryside knowledge was not only superior but borne from a lifelong love of the river and its surroundings. It was no surprise on several occasions to see Jim interviewed about the river on TV and he would have given Jack Hargreaves & Oliver Kite a run for their money! As a committee member of our local Historical Society I invited Jim over to give a talk one evening a few years back and he kept a sizeable audience enthralled with his knowledge of the river, its history and the wildlife it contains, going back some 60 ó70 years, in fact, after 2 hours we had a job to get him to close the talk!

I think it is Jimís legacy, that all of us who visit the countryside, should try to learn more about the wildlife and surroundings, not just the fish, but the birds, plants, trees and insects and how our current climate crisis is affecting nature and to pass it on to future generations. Jim was passionate about keeping everything as it should be and wrote frequently about the litter he and colleagues picked up at Barcombe Mills after hot summer weekends, often filling dozens of bin liners Ė a thankless task so often repeated.

I once saw Jim in the Anglers Rest at Barcombe (now sadly closed) singing old folk songs with pals with a pint of Harveys after a day on the river, a treasure of knowledge has now left us. RIP Jim Smith.


Our Chairman's New Year Newsletter, January 2020

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