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Old 21-03-2008, 10:04 PM
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Default Upper Ouse Sussex

I love river fishing (fished a lot in NZ) but living in West Sussex I have never found anywhere local that has attracted me to wet a line, but recently I came across this link-

although pricey I'm thinking of booking a day as it's so close to home and I've always been under the impression that Sussex Rivers tend to be coloured most of the time and not held in any great regard for trout fishing.

I was wondering if anybody has fished this stretch or knows of any other that I should consider.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 21-03-2008, 10:35 PM
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Any good?

The Ouse Angling Preservation Society -
Via Web Site http://www.oaps.freeuk.com/

The Ouse Angling Preservation Society was formed in 1875, and gives access to coarse and game (mainly sea-trout) fishing on several miles of the River Ouse in the South East of England.

Their club waters begin about a mile and a half north of Lewes, through to the limit of the tidal reach at Barcombe Mills (including most of the Hamsey Cut). As well as Barcombe Mills Pool and surrounding streams they control a mile or so above this, and also have a stretch on the east bank by the Anchor Inn, including the weir. In addition to the main river they offer about a mile and a half on the Bevern Stream, from its confluence with the Ouse opposite Barcombe reservoir upstream to a point above Clappers bridge at Barcombe Cross. The Society shares waters with the Copthorne and District Angling Society, giving access to most of the River Ouse between the Anchor Inn and Newick, and some stillwaters in the Copthorne area.

Annual club permits run from May 1st and cost 55 with concessions available for seniors and juniors. Winter club permits run from Nov. 1st to March 14th and cost 30. Day tickets are available and cost 7 for adults and seniors, 3.50 for


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Old 22-03-2008, 12:51 PM
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Thanks for the link tag
I have actually already investigated their stretches and found them to be a bit slow and silty I'm more interested in smallish fast flowing rivers there must be some out there??
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Old 22-03-2008, 01:06 PM
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Default Upper Ouse Sussex

I have fished the stretch involved and it is run by a small syndicate Balcombe Fly Fishers. Lovely little water with plenty of brown trout around 2lb mark.

You need to be pretty agile as high banks etc.

I suggest you contact Paul Sharman at Fish and Fly as he knows the water well plus membership details etc.

e mail him at info@fishandfly.com and he will be able to help.

Best of luck

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Old 22-03-2008, 01:51 PM
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Thanks Tippet
sounds just the ticket! Have sent email.
Just going to dust my river rods down.
Thanks for the contact.
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Old 25-03-2008, 04:08 PM
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I grew up fishing the Upper Ouse and its little tribs.
Have a look at the TeiseAngling site.
I am a member and it 's not too far from you. Challenging fishing, some of it commando style but wonderful countryside and about 7 miles of continuous beats.
If you PM me I may let you know of some other secrets that may not be too far away from you. Let me know where you live.
I live in East Sussex.
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Old 02-01-2009, 08:49 PM
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hi buzzerluke, how did you get on with the upper ouse? love the look of it. i would like to get to see some of those small ouse tribs and hope to this spring. let us know what you thought rees
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Old 04-01-2009, 12:39 PM
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Have a look on the rivers section and my Teise thread. It's not a natural trout river but it is a fast running stream and has all sorts of fish including the stocked rainbows.

There is also a chalk stream down below Canterbury, which I have never fished and you have to phone for details:

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Old 03-04-2009, 07:29 PM
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Having moved down from Yorkshire where I was spoiled for trout rivers I find myself in Lindfield West Sussex with no fishing at all!
I know there is fishing on the upper Ouse at Balcombe but cannot find anything out about it at all. I'm dying to whip out the #3 and fish some small streams but seem to have hit a dead end!
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Old 05-03-2010, 06:47 AM
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Default Ouse trout

A bit of time since last post however season is about to get under way/

I fished the Ouse at Great Bentley and then joined the Balcombe Fly Fishers for 2009, which is a better stretch of river and stocked with 2lb browns for a couple of miles. I think the Balcombe syndicate prefer to keep fairly private so don't ask me for contact details, do your own research. But the river is a wading only affair and is pretty dark as deep cut river there, pleasant enough and peaceful but after a while you yearn for open sky and sunlight.

However I have bought the Powder Mill lakes at Maresfield which was a very private Coarse syndicate big carp venue on the main lake (8 acres) and day ticket on 3 more of the 7 lakes here. Closed down now and most carp removed.

The main lake is actually a small river (Shortbridge) dammed so I have stocked it with Browns and Rainbows and am developing the river sections which have wild browns, chub and perch, which all take a fly of course.

Am opening properly late April and re naming the place www.swanlakes.co.uk as too many Powder Mills already in Sussex.

I am opening as a 4 fish ticket, 10 max person, on-line booking take only (rainbow) from main lakes and catch and release river sections.

Strict rules, knotless landing nets, barbless etc.

Top lakes are re opening as day ticket coarse, but have to restock 2 of them 1st, presently only one is stocked with carp, someone stole the rest while I was buying the place.

Interested, watch out for website.
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