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The fisheries are situated near Horsted Keynes in West Sussex, comprising two picturesque venues, each having three lakes, in beautiful surroundings on the edge of Ashdown Forest, offering members some of the best value fly fishing in the area. All the waters are stream fed and, subject to conditions, regularly stocked with quality, hard fighting, rainbow and brown trout. 

Membership is open to all fly fishers, regardless of domicile, the current annual subscription being just £285 for the 2020 season, which runs from the 1st March through to the end of November each year, entitling members to 25 visits per season, with a catch and kill limit of three fish per visit. Limited catch and release fishing is also permitted at certain times of the year, dependant on weather and water conditions.

To minimise costs, members are encouraged to assist in fishery maintenance work parties which are arranged from time to time during the season. Those who participate receive an additional visit for every session attended.

Joining us couldn't be easier, please contact Robert Nathan, telephone: 01892 770903, email: r.nathan@btinternet.com, or download and complete the application form below and return by email or by post to: R Nathan, 29 Castlefields, Hartfield, East Sussex, TN7 4JA. We will then contact you to make the necessary arrangements.



Cinder Hill Fly Fishing Membership Application


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Our Constitution Document may be viewed by clicking on the heading tab and while membership of the Angling Trust or Salmon & Trout Conservation UK is no longer a requirement for membership, if not already a member of either organisation, we would urge members and prospective members to consider joining to support the work being done to protect our waters, fish and fishing from all today's pressures.

Please click on the heading tab for details of these two very worthwhile organisations.


Taster Sessions

Introduced in 2017, “Taster Days” offer the fishing experience for people who wish to "try before they buy" and have proved tremendously successful, resulting in many new members.

As a “try before you buy” offer, for the princely sum of just £15, which will be credited against their subscription should they then decide to join, prospective members with some fly fishing experience and who have their own equipment, are invited to have a taster session on the waters, where, escorted and accompanied by a current member, they will be shown the lakes and hopefully catch a couple of fish.

Anyone wishing to take up this offer, have their own tackle and some fly fishing experience, please download and complete the application below and return by email to: r.nathan@btinternet.com or by post to: R Nathan, 29 Castlefields, Hartfield, East Sussex, TN7 4JA. We will then contact you to make the necessary arrangements.




Taster Session Application

Below is a testament written by one such person attending a taster day.

(Courtesy of Richard Blackburn, Amateur Angling:  www.amateurangling.com )

Cinder Hill Fly Fishing Trip

Recently I was invited by a friend to a “taster day” at Cinder Hill Fly Fishing.

I know very little about fly fishing, but I do have an Orvis fly fishing set, given to me by my wife as a Christmas present some years ago. So as not to appear a complete novice, I watched a couple of YouTube videos on how to cast. They were presented by anglers who were apparently “stoked” and found the whole subject “awesome”. Anyway, I felt prepared and looked forward to going.


Cinder Hill Lakes

At Cinder Hill

On the day, a small group of us novices were warmly welcomed by the Cinder Hill members. They had laid on tea, coffee and buns under a gazebo, how very civilised I thought. I put my rod together and threaded the fluorescent line through the “S” shaped rings. So far so good I thought, now for the fly. I have an assortment of flies in a “go anywhere box” I bought on line. One of the Cinder Hill anglers cast his expert eye over my selection, pointing at a Green Damsel Nymph he said, “that’ll do”, so I tied it on.

As soon as I had my gear together, forgoing all beverages, I went to the nearest of three lakes to start fishing. Just like an impatient kid, I began thrashing around trying to get my fly to the fish, but I soon found it is more difficult than I was led to believe.

Trying to fly

After about twenty minutes one of the instructors came over and without so much as a smirk, started to put my cast right. “You’re breaking your wrist”, “ pause on the back stroke”, “too far forward”, he said. It’s one thing to be able to do something yourself, but it’s quite another to be able to coach someone else. My instructor had a deep understanding of fly fishing. He had the ability to relate to me where I was going wrong and without once using the word “awesome”.

Beginner fly casting


Although my casting was crude, untidy and somewhat make-do, I understand how to fish. I knew the trout would not be very active in the cool water of autumn, so I allowed the nymph to sink deep before using a slow retrieve. As the morning wore on, the fish started to show at the surface, by mid-morning, the weak October sun saw the trout much shallower.

One fish broke the surface within my limited range; I immediately cast to somewhere close and teased the fly back. Within seconds the fly was taken and I was into my first trout. Playing a fish on fly tackle is different to what I’m used to, the reel does not play part. Instead the fish is controlled by holding the line, letting it out or pulling it in as needed. After a short fight I landed my first and only fish of the day, a rainbow trout of 1½ lb’s.


Rainbow trout

A good day

I genuinely enjoyed my morning at Cinder Hill Fly Fishing and was very pleased to catch my first rainbow trout on a fly. Thank you to the members who gave up their spare time to help me. Cinder Hill Fly Fishing is a well run and friendly group, if you want to try fly fishing in beautiful surrounding, with people who know their fishing, then please try Cinder Hill.



Membership of Cinder Hill Fly Fishing is a real bargain;

currently just £285 for the season.



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Updated February 2020