All images are copyright. We're a mixed-species, mixed-method fishing club based on South London's River Wandle. On a previous visit to this spot, I’d noticed fish of all sizes very attracted by my relatively large size 10 pink Czech Nymph. , However, as Croydon's population grew and use of the water closet increased, the Old Town streams became little more than open sewers and were filled in or culverted from 1840 after outbreaks of typhoid and cholera. I thought my aim wasn’t good enough, but a sharp eyed chub came out from hiding and snaffled my fly on the first cast. ... to the online home of the Wandle Piscators. The fulling mill Pink Micro Shrimp in size 16 fitted my requirements. The constant sound of heavy machinery in an adjoining industrial park definitely says ‘urban fishing’. The name Wandle is thought to derive from a back-formation of Wandsworth (Old English "Wendlesworth" meaning "Wendle's Settlement”). The occasional stream, known as the Bourne, which runs through the Caterham valley (and Smitham Bottom in Coulsdon) is a source of the River Wandle but only surfaces after heavy rainfall. You'll find this station in Zone 3️⃣ #GuessThe. If you’d like to try out some more rides, try this map of car-free routes and these great traffic free family rides. However, even a small size 16 fly was too big for most to take, until one fish with a mouth big enough, intercepted the fly. The 17th century Wandle would have looked very different to the river as it runs today. The press has also noticed our success in restoring the Wandle. It’s a brilliant place to spot newts, frogs and herons. Tributaries of the Wandle include the River Wrythe and the Norbury Brook. I soon came up against the limitations of my six-foot rod.  In 2010 a High Court judge found the fine was under the statutory rules governing pollution penalties "manifestly" excessive, reducing it to £50,000, noting Thames Water had donated £500,000 to clean up the river.. (Well, I did have to drop into the water to do the netting). Cleanups of the Wandle have improved the water quality, leading to a return of the river's once famous brown trout. This is South London’s own chalk stream, the River Wandle. Your email address will not be published. The route is flat and mainly traffic-free, covering quiet roads with a few crossings over main roads. I netted the small chub without too much fuss. Until the end of the 19th century it was seen as one of the world’s great chalkstreams. On a previous visit to this spot, I’d noticed fish of all sizes very attracted by my relatively large size 10 pink Czech Nymph. The River Wandle has centuries of history as a favourite place for freshwater fishing, as a chalk stream with fast flowing waters. Ackroyd, P. (2012). Other species including bream and barbel are present with flounders and mitten crabs in the Wandle delta. And between 1868 and 1881, Frederic Halford learned the art of dry fly fishing for finicky clear-water trout from the Wandle Valley locals – before taking the Carshalton Dodge away with him to the Test, Itchen and all points west.  Lord Nelson would fish in its water's, leading his mistress, Lady Hamilton, to rename the Wandle, as it flowed through her garden, the "River Nile", in Nelson's memory. I tried on another more open, faster flowing section for a while. 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London clay overlaid with patches of gravel topped by deeper humus forms the north; the top soil, tempered by the chalk beneath is less acidic where still seasonally turned in the south. There are train stations at each end so it’s easy to reach with your bike if you’re coming from somewhere else. 5.4: General water chemistry The effluent carrier channel from Beddington STW significantly increases the flow of the main River Wandle below Goat Bridge by c234,000 m3 (2.708 cumecs) of treated sewage effluent per day. Sadly, as a result of the Industrial Revolution, its waters were badly polluted by the factories that lined its banks, reducing it to an open sewer by the 1960s. . Kingfishers perch on overhanging branches, ready to dive onto Now, however, the Wandle is on its way back as a fishery. As part of the project, three walks were created. The river gives its name to the neighbourhood of The Wrythe in Carshalton. The River Wandle is a river in south-east England. Rain falls on the North Downs, filters through the chalk and emerges on the spring line. Over the years it became renowned for its fish, appearing in chronicles, such as, William Camden's Britannia (1586) and Izaak Walton's The Compleat Angler (1653). Rain falls on the North Downs, filters through the chalk and emerges on the spring line. A quick photo of my personal best chub... I’m on my knees in crystal clear shallow stream; I’m trying to tempt fish with an artificial fly. I’m even more pleased it was taken on the fly too. Local concentration of heavy industry resulted in multiple leats being cut during the 18th century; a remnant of the old courses, the Pickle, is two ditches, one runs beneath Liberty Avenue. I didn’t weigh or measure the fish – wanting to keep it wet – but this is easily my personal best chub. 5.4: General water chemistry The effluent carrier channel from Beddington STW significantly increases the flow of the main River Wandle below Goat Bridge by c234,000 m3 (2.708 cumecs) of treated sewage effluent per day. The Coulsdon Bourne and linked Caterham Bourne south of Croydon town centre ran in wet seasons. The Discover the Source of the Wandle project worked with volunteers to research the source of the Wandle through time, investigating local archives, historic maps, paintings and books; as well as exploring the local landscape for built and natural features. Just before the half way point is Deen City Farm. William Morris stocked his stretch of the river with perch from the upper Thames, so that he’d never be far from his favourite fishy delicacy. The targets are too close even for a bow-and-arrow cast. In the end, the Wandle tradition of dry fly fishing became a global technique and sporting code. The perdigon was just too heavy for my light set up; I had to switch back to the smaller shrimp. London Under. The hand-carved wooden benches on route make a perfect place to stop off and admire the view.