Season 2012-13 New season tickets are expected to be delivered from the printers any
day now. Postal renewal newsletters will soon be in the post. Affiliated club tickets
will also be sent out based on the number of tickets each club had last year. Do
not forget that the Lee Navigation from Aqueduct Lock (Cheshunt) stats its close
season from Thursday March 15th to June 15th inclusively. You can continue to fish
all year downstream of Aqueduct Lock. Download the February 2012 edition of the Lee
Angler here File: leeangler2012.pdf
26th October 2011
Laurence Mason has sent in four images of carp he has caught in the Enfield to Rammey
Marsh Lock pound.
The first picture is a 22 lb common caught on floater tactics just below Rammey Marsh
Lock opposite the boats.
The second was 18.5 lbs mirror by the houses at Enfield Lock and the
third 24 lb common from the same area both were caught on legering tactics and
the fourth 23.5 lb common down by the boom when stalking the carp in the area. He
has had five 20 lb plus carp from the area in 2011 plus other smaller carp on all
sorts of tactics. These images can also be seen on the LAC Forum which can be accessed
from the ‘Home Page’. LAC FORUM
Iam pleased to see we are now getting some postings on the forum albeit that most
members seem to be in the Stanstead Abbotts area. Please lets hear from members fishing
in the Waltham Cross to Bow area. Even if it is all about poor fishing as we need
hard evidence as to the quality of our fishing on the Lee.
The EA are to launch ther Lower Lee Pilot Catchment project. This is a new catchment
based approach to river basin management.The aim is to explore better ways to work
closely with people and organisations to help achieve more for our environment. The
Lower Lee (Hoddesdon to Bow) is one of ten catchments where the EA is piloting this
approach. This a great opportunity to air our views on the poor quality of our river.
So, send in as much feed back as possible. Information and facts are required from
all anglers. I have been invited to attend the first workshop where I expect most
of the stakeholders there will be representatives from local authorities which come
within the catchment area, the LVRPA and BW.
21st May 2011
LEE PARK WAY, Edmonton
With effect from 16th June 2011 we have secured a further three years licence agreement
but the stretch will be reduced to about half its length. The boundary will be just
north of where the road travels under the pylon that straddles it. This is to keep
anglers safe and away from the low cables that run along and across the river on
the southern end to the the Lee Park Way footbridge.
15th May 2011
Fred French MBE FIFM
Sadly on the 15th May 2011 our President Fred French passed away in the Royal Lancaster
Fred French MBE, FIFM
It was of much sadness to learn that Fred French, MBE, FIFM had passed away on Sunday
May 15th after a long illness. Any one in angling that knew Fred would have found
it a privilege to have been associated with him. He was dedicated to the improvement
of our sport and his enthusiasm would have encouraged many of us to get involved
in angling competitions and fishery administration.
His involvement in the angling world was too great for one individual to record but
knowing Fred’s meticulous nature I am sure he had it all recorded away somewhere
in those detailed papers he used to keep.
Fred was a retired Registered Insurance broker and his business was known to us as
Glen Insurance. He lived in Tottenham, Chingford and Ware before moving to Ambleside
in the Lake District in 1985. In his early years he was secretary of Edmonton & Tottenham
AS and competitively fished for Defiant Mobile. He also joined the Abbey Cross and
became a Vice President. He was a voluntary bailiff in the Lee Valley and in the
1960’s he took over as Treasurer of the London Anglers’ Association (LAA) when they
had 48,000 members and 700 affiliated clubs. He was subsequently made a Vice President
of the Association. In the mid 1960’s the Minister of Sport, Dennis Howell MP was
instrumental in setting up the National Anglers’ Council and the Sports Council with
local and regional Sports Advisory Councils. Fred failed to get the LAA involved
but to overcome his frustrations he promoted the idea of local angling councils.
Between 1969 and 1970 the Herts Anglers’ Consultative Association and the Waltham
Forest Anglers’ Council were formed. Fred, wearing his NAC hat called meetings in
many other Lee Valley districts and in 1970 these bodies buried their differences
and formed the Lee Valley Angling Consultative Association with Reg Cooke (LAA) as
Chairman, Fred French as Secretary and Tiger Warren as Treasurer. There developed
a great lasting friendship between all the officers involved with the Consultative
whether regionally or locally. As secretary of the LVACA he worked tirelessly for
the future of angling in the Lee Valley and our consultative framework became a benchmark
for the rest of the country. In the period from 1973 to 1985 his contribution to
angling in the Lee Valley was considerable. Some of those achievements I list below:
- close consultation with the LVRPA and the establishment of a Fisheries Officer
post, formation of the Lee Match Anglers Council, largely responsible for setting
up the Thames Fisheries Consultative Council (TFCC) and its four regions, chairman
of the TFCC, formation of the Turnford and Waltham Abbey Angling Consortium, organising
several ‘Anglers Forums’ and taking the lead in the first ever Thames Swan Survey.
On retiring to Ambleside Fred was made President of the Consultative.
In 1973 (the reorganisation of the water industry) he was appointed by the then Secretary
of State to represent angling on the Water Space Amenity Council and also organised
the annual Water Industry Coarse Fishing and Game Fishing Championships which he
continued for 30 odd years.
Until the formation of the Angling Trust Fred was Member Services Officer for the
National Association of Fisheries & Angling Consultatives (NAFAC). He was a long
time active member of the IFM where he became a fellow in 1998. Fred was awarded
the MBE in 2002 for services to angling, conservation and people with disabilities.
On the death of his colleague, Terry Mansbridge, NAFAC set up an award to be presented
to persons making a significant contribution to angling and conservation. It was
fitting that Fred received this award in 2008 in memory of his life- long friend
and fishing companion. Fred continued to support the Angling Trust and became a Life
On moving to the Lakes he soon became a local figure in angling and became Chair
of both the Furness & South Cumbria Consultative and the North West Fisheries Consultative
Council. He also held positions on the EA North West RFERAC, South Cumbria Rivers
Trust. I am sure there are many more that I am unaware of.
Fred was also a member of three Thames Championship winning teams and won a silver
medal in the 1974 National Federation of Anglers’ First Division Championship when
his Hertfordshire Federation team was placed third.
I first met Fred when we were Secretary and Treasurer of the Waltham Forest Anglers
Council and the LVACA but we did have a family connection as I schooled in the same
classroom as his late wife, Jean (who was the sister of my brother-in-law). Although
he lived in Cumbria we had regular contact and Fred would always support any issue
in the Lee Valley. In 2002 he came down to the REDCAFE (cormorants) conference in
Cheshunt and a few years later he attended the launch of the Lee Fishery Action Plan,
I am sure we would have seen him many times more if we, in the Lee Valley, had continued
his good work. On the formation of the Lee Anglers’ Consortium in 1992 he became
Over the past few years Fred’s illness had restricted his activities away from home
but that did not stop his involvement. Many of us were on his ‘daily distribution
list’ which in Cumbria was apparently called the ‘World Wide French Web’. This was
a communication service of emails and articles relevant to the world of angling and
fisheries together with some humour. Some days there would be as many as 10 and very
often he would inform me of happenings in the Lee Valley that I knew nothing about.
Fred approached angling issues with professionalism, energy and good humour and his
passing will leave a massive void in all our lives. The Abbey Cross, LVACA and the
LAC are honoured to have known and worked with Fred French MBE, FIFM, angling legend
in the Lee Valley.
I apologise if my knowledge of Fred’s life has not covered any personal memories.
29th April 2011
Lee Valley News
The other Sunday,whilst walking around Waltham Cross and Bowyers Lake, I found many
annoyed local residents as the White Water Centre public address system was bellowing
out right across the countryside. I have been having a moan about the state of the
river around the Olympic stadium as a fishery. We will soon have people taking a
riverside walk and even a pleasure boat around Bow and yet the river is almost fishless.
The Anglers’ Mail wanted a face to put to my comments. So some of you may have seen
the article on page 7 of the 19th April edition. You will see my silly grimace but
on the whole I thought the article got over a few points but unfortunately it did
not bring forward any response from the authorities involved.
British Waterways are introducing a new trial mooring policy and they chosen the
Lee and Stort as trial rivers. I attended a meeting at Stonebridge Lock last week
and was the ‘lone’ angling representative amongst the boaters. There are some important
issues for the Consortium that need consideration in the very near future. After
the meeting I walked the Lee from Stonebridge up to the A406 and what a sorry state
the river looks. There were 10 narrow boats nose to tail just above Stonebridge and
thick scum for 50 yards floating above the lock and from there all the weigh to the
A406 was floating dead weed. In the 1990’s there was some great roach and chub fishing
opposite the old riverside building and always plenty of anglers. Now there is no
room to fish even if you wanted to and too much floating muck to even put a pole
float through..This floating debris never gets cleared by BW and as soon as the wind
turns in a southerly direction it will all drift back to Picketts Lock.
I have received a letter from National Grid giving notice of consultation of their
North London Reinforcement Project. The project is a major investment to increase
the operating capacity of the Waltham Cross to Hackney overhead lines to meet growing
demand for electricity. This will facilitate an increase in the flow of power from
new sources of generation, for example new power stations and wind farms. Wind farms!.
The upgrade process will involve replacing existing wires along the route of the
pylons. You may recall that only a few years ago the LAC had all the overhead cables
from Enfield to Tottenham individually risk assessed and this resulted the in the
three zones we currently operate under. To protect anglers safety we now need to
learn of any fresh implications for fishing along the towing path.
All of these issues are to considered by your committee in the next week.
Last week, with my LVACA hat on I was with the Environment Agency looking at the
upper stretches of the Small R Lee. This river starts via a penstock as a stream
off the Old R Lee at Cheshunt where it runs behind the Aqueduct Lock house into a
culvert and under the navigation showing itself beside the towpath and then along
side Marsh Pit, Turnford. There was no flowing water to be seen there but at Windmill
Lane and Bowyers Lake there is a slight stream but it is only about 30 cms deep.
It carries through under Highbridge Street and the M25 before joining the Turkey
Brook around Rammey Marsh Enfield. We could not get to the penstock as access was
via Aqueduct Lock house and that was not possible. However, to provide a flowing
stream at Cheshunt by clearing out the riverbed etc would have to evaluated against
flows down the Old R Lee and Turkey Brook. This is just one example of the affects
of reducing water levels and flows over the past 30/50 years.
I also took a look at the platforms the LAC put in at Hertford in the mid 90’s. There
were 120 installed and I found over 100 but most are derelict and/or dangerous. I
can remember that their front legs were in the water but, some now, are 6 feet back
from the water. Yet another example of water levels and silting up.
Tree Maintenance ‘known as felling’
Whilst walking the Lee I counted nearly 100 mature trees had been felled down to
ground level. This was between Dobbs Weir and Hertford and all were on the riverside
of the towpath. I did ask for one to be cut down on Feildes Weir as it had fallen
right across our walkway to our platforms. But it is still there! There was no consultation
about the felling and the affects on the habitat. It is just part of their tree maintenance
programme. I find it difficult to view that sort of devastation as ‘maintenance’.
23rd February 2011
Anglers Mail provides another report of a big perch form the R Lee. This fine fished
weighed 4.12.0 and was caught by young angler Ben Parker. From the picture it looks
like it came form the Library car park in Ware and the fish was taken on a lure.
Once again it would be nice to receive reports in this office so that the report
and photo can be put on this site.
8th February 2011 Brook Lamprey
I read in the Angling Trust’s news that British Waterways have found a Brook Lamprey
in one of the Lee’s lock gates whilst carrying out maintenance work. That is a rare
find for the Lee.
Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon MP has announced a review of the current licensing
regime for cormorant control at the recent Angling Summit. This letter followed a
letter to the Minister from the Angling Trust last November, calling for action to
protect stillwater and river fisheries which are suffering significant losses as
a result of cormorant predation. The Minister’s Department will invite the Angling
Trust, as representative for all anglers, to contribute to the development of the
scope, remit, and delivery of the review, which have yet to be decided. Since 2002
I have continually submitted evidence of how bad cormorant predation has hit Lee
fish stocks and our sport but nevertheless I have sent further papers to the Trust..
One has to appreciate there is not a lot that can be done for the the Lee as our
fishing is from a public tow path. However, control on adjacent waters could benefit
the Lee and yet on the other hand we might see cormorants move off controlled waters
to those left open. There must be a point where there is insufficient fish left to
sustain them. This is a situation unacceptable to the LAC and so we must fight on.
Please send your cormorant observations into this office as every scrap of information
You may have read the weekly angling papers in the last two weeks with articles on
big Lee perch coming from the Rye House to Hertford stretches.Gary Collins recorded
a big perch of 5.02.00 lbs from the Amwell pound on a 3 inch live bait. The Angling
Times also had a article on 25th January edition by father and son duo Gary and Sam
Edmonds. These two local anglers have caught hundreds of perch from the river using
lures. So with just weeks left until the end of the season give it a go.