January 2021 – Arlington Fishery
As in previous years as an additional benefit of S&TC UK Sussex
Branch membership, we again purchased two memberships at
Arlington Reservoir Fishery, thereby enabling our members to
enjoy a generous discount off the normal day ticket and boat
due to the poor weather in the early part of the year and the
subsequent closure of the fishery on the 24th March due to the
Covid-19 restrictions, only re-opening on the 15th May,
therefore missing out on the best part of the season, relatively
few members were able to take advantage of this scheme during
The fishery usually closes at the end of June, but this year
they remained open until the 31st October although with low
water levels, high temperatures and no boats available, as was
usual at Arlington, very few fish were caught.
Perhaps we should have guessed that something was afoot, because
as soon as the season finished we were advised that after well
over 40 years of fly fishing at Arlington, the fishery would be
closed down, South East Water saying that it was
“unsustainable”. Presumably this was from a financial aspect,
but despite many representations from ourselves, the Sussex
Branch of the Fly Dressers Guild and others and also contacting
all our local MP’s to solicit their support, South East Water
were unwilling to reconsider their decision or to provide any
figures to justify their actions.
They have said that they will be engaging with interested
parties in the future to explore recreational activities at the
reservoir, but from their responses to our communications, the
inclusion of angling seems rather doubtful. What is pretty
certain is that there will be no fishing at Arlington in 2021.
Sad news indeed as many of our members have enjoyed great days there in the
past with it's hard fighting fish.
2021 Branch Annual
With the ongoing Covid-19 situation, unless things
improve very rapidly, it is unlikely that we will be
to hold our Branch AGM in March as usual. Further
information will be posted nearer the time.