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    Default Essex streams /rivers

    Going to give Roding and other Essex rivers a try next season after a few years break. Rivers like the Wid, Ingrebourne, Pant, Blackwater. Does anyone on here still fish them?

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    Not any more as I no longer live down South.

    The mention of the Roding brings back fond memories of chub and roach as a junior member of the Collier Row AC. ( I wonder if it still exists).

    Just shy of Ongar it was a Mr Crabtree paradise of features.

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    Are there and free stretches/day tickets on the rivers you mentioned Steve? If so I'll give them a crack. I have the Can at admirals park on my 'to do' list plus the Stort and Chelmer.

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    Just to let you know that the local paper reported this week that otters will be re-introduced into the Roding. Not sure the exact spots but the local paper covers the Abridge/Loughton/Chigwell area. Definately Chub, Pike and Signal Crayfish in the river and i remember seeing a few carp when i was i lot younger.

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    That's ridiculous, all the research i've done into the Roding has lead me to believe that it is not got the highest stocks of fish. Releasing of Otters to such a small river would be downright stupid but wouldn't surprise me. They have to stop the introduction of Otters to areas where they will struggle for food as that is cruel. Be like putting your goldfish in a bucket and not feeding it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adarchist View Post
    Just to let you know that the local paper reported this week that otters will be re-introduced into the Roding. Not sure the exact spots but the local paper covers the Abridge/Loughton/Chigwell area. Definately Chub, Pike and Signal Crayfish in the river and i remember seeing a few carp when i was i lot younger.
    That is utterly ridiculous

    That's gonna cause all sorts of havoc, I can remember when the dam otters were introduced up on the Ouse valley and it caused absolute mayhem,

    Take a look at Adams mill, the main uk barbel syndicate for huge barbel and got completely wiped out by Otters

    The syndicate was then dropped and went back to the normal club ticket of the Milton Keynes club,

    Trevor Johnson offered me a place when it was syndicate and i turned it down because I obviously knew and could clearly see what was happening with the barbel,

    If the officials release otters onto the Rodding valley the river will soon go down hill big time virtually to destruction and they'll start to move in on Stillwaters that are close by to the river valley

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    Quote Originally Posted by theartist View Post
    That's ridiculous, all the research i've done into the Roding has lead me to believe that it is not got the highest stocks of fish. Releasing of Otters to such a small river would be downright stupid but wouldn't surprise me. They have to stop the introduction of Otters to areas where they will struggle for food as that is cruel. Be like putting your goldfish in a bucket and not feeding it.
    Spot on, well said Rob

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve2 View Post
    Going to give Roding and other Essex rivers a try next season after a few years break. Rivers like the Wid, Ingrebourne, Pant, Blackwater. Does anyone on here still fish them?
    Hi fella,

    I do know the rivers that you've mentioned but haven't fished em,

    Most of my experience is on the Lea valley which I've fish for around the last 28 years

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    Have fished the Roding on and off for over 50 years, Many of my PB’s have come from it but when I last fished it had really started to go downhill due mainly to over abstraction and pollution. The fish were still there but not in great numbers.
    If they are going to add otters to the list then they will tip the balance and could finish the river.

    Don’t know of any free stretches on the Roding apart from in the Redbridge area

    The Wid will be a nearly new one having not fished it for over 20years.

    The Ingrebourne although a very small stream I have in the past caught chub over 3lbs from it. Free fishing in parks.

    The Pant is another small stream out at Braintree it does contain a good head of chub dace and Trout, At one time it did have grayling but these died out years ago. Club water.

    The Collier Row Club still exists I was a member for a few years

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    I live in Loughton, And can confirm the Roding this part is prity much dead.

    I've tried under the fly over next to the Higgings building quite a number of times and have managed 1 small size pike but other then that not a single sniff.

    Also a very large tree few years ago fell across the river and has cut it of heading towards Abridge.


    Prity sure as well there quite a number of fish poaching that has happend, I've noticed burnt out fires and a ladder getting down into the river.

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    The Roding at Stamford Rivers was a boys dream in the 50s & 60s. We had no money so never joined any of the clubs controlling the stretch but we were always careful to look after the water and never leave litter etc - so we considered ourselves excused! It was indeed a Crabtree paradise and produced specimen fish for me and most of my friends, chub, dace, roach, perch etc. I also caught my first fish on a fly there (dace) and learned to dap grasshoppers for chub.
    On the odd trip through Aveley in recent years the near-chalk-stream of my memory is now a weed choked muddy ditch.
    So many cormorants.... so few recipes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geoffmaynard View Post
    The Roding at Stamford Rivers was a boys dream in the 50s & 60s. We had no money so never joined any of the clubs controlling the stretch but we were always careful to look after the water and never leave litter etc - so we considered ourselves excused! It was indeed a Crabtree paradise and produced specimen fish for me and most of my friends, chub, dace, roach, perch etc. I also caught my first fish on a fly there (dace) and learned to dap grasshoppers for chub.
    On the odd trip through Aveley in recent years the near-chalk-stream of my memory is now a weed choked muddy ditch.
    We may have crossed paths at Stanford Rivers. I used to haunt the place early 60s. Bus 175 from Romford. Half fare two and sixpence return I think.

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