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River Lea Day Ticket

#1
Hi, looking to try to get back on the Lea after many years away, anyone know of any day ticket stretches on the upper Lea? I will probably buy a season ticket that gives access to the Fishers Green stretch next season - but to many commitments already this season. Thanks in advance.
 
#2
There is a free stretch at batford on the upper .....fishers green and KW super tough but fish to 16 to be had can get a day ticket on the Weir itself and probably best bet this time of year due to the water levels
 
#3
Day tickets on the Lea by Stanborough lake also a free stretch above Marford farm, Verulam water at Wheathampsted.
Half price Verulam tickets from 1st October also gives access to Fishers green.
 

Mark Anderson

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Staff member
#4
Hi men,

The half price ticket is worth it if you want action , with a lot of barbel on both their upper stretches . Winter becomes a bit hit of miss on the free stretches , with the fish moving around quiet a bit , one swim we fished had about 5-6 barbel under it , a week later we could not find them at all.

Hatter
 
#6
Hello, sorry to jump on an old thread but I am interested in the free stretch above Marford Farm- does anyone have any details regarding where it is specifically? I live 90 miles away so would like to know where I was headed when setting off!

Thanks,
 

Mark Anderson

Super Moderator
Staff member
#7
Hi men,

TBH , i would not travel 90 miles to fish it . I know someone who had a go at what they call the horse field / stables stretch a couple of weeks ago and lots of the cover had been removed . But if you still want to fish , the center of Batford going out towards Wheathamsted , over a small roundabout , and there is a small layby on your right at the top of tge hill. Park there and hope the fence , someone will wander over for the money . Access is limited for cars , but by joining up above and below that bit its all free , google earth is your friend . Youtube with the nash boys also has a few pointers .


Hatter
 
#8
Its a summer venue and mostly under 2 feet deep with little cover so if you are thinking of fishing there before the end of the season its probably not worth it. The free stretch runs from the centre of Wheathamsted downstream to the Marford boundry,a wire across the river (1/2 a mile).The kids fish between the buildings in the village from the road. There are areas to park by the houses on the right hand side looking downstream and walk across the fields.But its honestly not worth the bother of a 90 mile journey.This time of year the fish drop into a few swims,with cover. Even on Marford only a 2 swims are Barbel productive in winter that's why they have a 05.50 winter draw for those two pegs.
 

Mark Anderson

Super Moderator
Staff member
#10
Hi men ,

I never like putting people off , as there is always a chance , as i know a few spots where there are normally some fish . As Mark says its really better if you fish it in the warmer weather , then at least you have a longer day to wander around . Lovely little river , living on borrowed time , so pop over and have a try.

Hatter
 
#12
Dave, Carey was asking about the shallow Free fishing stretch above peg 19 on the short walk upstream. Both of our club stretches are a lot deeper, with plenty of cover especially on the long walk. Our club benefits from the Fishery work done in the past by Keith speer and the team they had. They planted all those massive rush areas, diverted the river and cut the width in half making it deeper and faster. The club also pumps all of its silt out every year so keeping depth. Nothing has ever been done on the free stretch so its wider, shallower, very open with little cover. That's why our stretch holds the two best Barbel swims in the country and is so busy every day of the season.
 
#13
Dave, Carey was asking about the shallow Free fishing stretch above peg 19 on the short walk upstream. Both of our club stretches are a lot deeper, with plenty of cover especially on the long walk. Our club benefits from the Fishery work done in the past by Keith speer and the team they had. They planted all those massive rush areas, diverted the river and cut the width in half making it deeper and faster. The club also pumps all of its silt out every year so keeping depth. Nothing has ever been done on the free stretch so its wider, shallower, very open with little cover. That's why our stretch holds the two best Barbel swims in the country and is so busy every day of the season.
Right, sorry about that then!