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#11 Comus

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Posted 05 January 2005 - 01:58 AM

Budgie,
That would be great. Certainly interested in Iden Lock. Not much on the net about it. Only hits said that it was run by Mid Kent Fisheries. Might have to consider joining them, although quite expensive.

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Posted 05 January 2005 - 02:35 AM

Unless its changed recently I think you will find its the cannal at Iden Lock that is Mid Kent.The actual river (The Sussex Rother) is free fishing from the road bridge next to where the cannal flows in all the way down on both banks to Star Lock after which it is salt water.

The bend on the road side below the bridge is very good fishing.It is very slow moving (unless in flood and quite deep with an average of 10'.Reasonable pike fishing with lives and lures,deads are very slow here.

Float fishing with waggler and maggot produces big bags of mixed small fish here in the summer and if you get it right good bags of roach to the pole in the winter.Some good carp here as well but they tend to move around a lot and are easily spooked and move on once youve had a couple.Fish include roach,bream,tench,pike.carp,perch.chub and the occaisional thin lipped mullet! All for the price of your rod licence.

Iden Lock is quite a way from Rye if you were thinking of getting a train to Rye then walking.
And thats my "non indicative opinion"!

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Posted 05 January 2005 - 02:42 AM

I will drive down early on Friday morning. I take it I head for Rye and then look for signs. I know on the country route down you often drive alongside the canal. I take it that this is Iden Lock and that the river is near there?

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Posted 05 January 2005 - 03:05 AM

This is the only picture of Iden Lock that I could lay my hands on at the moment-

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The house you can see to the left is where the cannal (hence forth Iden "Lock") comes in to the river.The road bridge is just to the left of it.
And thats my "non indicative opinion"!

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Posted 05 January 2005 - 03:07 AM

Thanks. Will track it down, got an east Sussex map book somewhere.

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Posted 05 January 2005 - 03:12 AM

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If you are going to Iden Lock it may be worth a look at The Rye DAS stretch above the Free Stretch.I am sure day tickets are available on the bank there is a sign by the gate at the acces and the ticket was only 3 last time I had one (usialy there in matches).

The first few pegs are usually reliable and a wagler fished on the far bank will pick up roach Skimmers lots of Bleak and ocaisionaly a modest chub. The latter used to be fairly common on the lower Rother over the last few years I've not seen any except on these pegs. On the inside there are roach skimmers and some good perch and in the summer a reliable head of tench. These will also apear in the winter when mild and some colour is in the water. There are some good features on the insideto fish to. If trying this stretch dont go much past the pumping station as it is quite poor for about 15-20 pegs from here. However if you go about35 pegs up from the acces there is a good chance of a net of large Skimmers or small bream to the usual groundbait tacktics. These can however show anywhere when pleasure fishing especialy if there is colour in the water.
I sugest this section as i have found it much more consistent sport over the years though the free stretch has the advantage of having the road behind it.

If you are fishing either of these stretches when there has been some rain allways check the tide ( a look over the wall at Star Lock at the bottotm of the free stretch will give you a clue). The reason is that when carying extra water the river will be stopped over high water (for up to 4 hours)and then allowed to flow again once the tide starts to go out.
With regard finding these stretches the easiest way to go is to go to Apledore and follow the canal side road toward Rye untillyou cross the river. The Stretch nearest Iden Village is actualy the Newbridge stretch.

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Posted 05 January 2005 - 03:16 AM

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Was that intentional or a a nice suprise. Hooked them myself (years ago) in matches and lost both on my silly light tackle. While they were on though they fought like crazy. Is that picture recent?

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Posted 05 January 2005 - 03:21 AM

Thanks Worm. Will drive down there early on Friday and have a wander at both sites. Haven't fished a river since I was a boy and really looking forward to it.

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Posted 05 January 2005 - 03:34 AM

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Dont expect a typical river. The Rother at this stretch has been greatly affected by man in terms of bank building and flow control. That said if you haven't been on a river for a long while its a better first stop than the Stour, particularly the tidal stretches at Plucks Gutter. That said once back in the swing of things its the only place I know in Kent where a big net of stick float roach is possible ( though I know there are some other spots on some of the small rivers).

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Posted 05 January 2005 - 03:42 AM

blimey i didnt know so many people new it never mind fished it ,mind you its been 35 years since i fished it last ,iden lock was a great spot and some of the liitle feeders into the canal even better mind you then all you did was knock at the nearest house for permission,another good place was botolfs (sp?) bridge but i fished that even further back :D

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