East Anglia

The East Anglian branch holds a variety of events each year and examples of which can be found below. We are always looking for new branch members and volunteers to help with such activities. If you are interested in joining the branch or can help please contact Andy Sadler at the address below.

Officers and contact details

Chair: Andy Sadler andy.sadler@environment-agency.gov.uk

5th June 2010 – Anglian Branch Workshop Day
Water Weed – Time to Get Inventive

Click here to download the report from this event.


7th June 2012 – AGM and Dealing with Drought Meeting

Click here to download the report from this event

Download Andy Sadler's presentation (Risk assess your fishery for drought)

Download Kye Jerome's presentation (Taking action when it starts to go wrong)

Download Andy Went's presentation (Be Pro-Active: Do’s and Don’t of Fisheries Management During a Drought)

October 20th 2012 – From Fry to Fly

A misty start to a Saturday morning in early October saw 25 of both Anglian branch members and non-members meeting at a pub in East Winch, Norfolk. Once gathered we travelled in convoy to West Acre Trout Farm which produces rainbow and brown trout for the restocking market.  We had a warm welcome from the Farm Manager, Richard Bolton, who gave a detailed insight into the world of trout production. Richard explained the workings of the hatchery and how the young fish progressed through to the growing-on ponds right up to the point of stocking. The merits of triploid vs. diploid were discussed along with the challenges that trout farmers face in the current market. A huge ‘Thank you’ goes out to Richard for his hospitality and a very interesting start to the day.

The second part of the morning was down at the River Nar at Narborough where we joined the River Nar Fishery angling club who introduced their section of river and improvement works that have undertaken over recent years. Chairman of the club, Paul Oakley, demonstrated the practical fishery management they carry out to keep their fishery as a viable and, hopefully one day, a sustainable fishery. With their purpose built ‘gravel jetting’ equipment, Paul jetted areas of impacted gravels ready for trout to spawn in and also demonstrated invertebrate kick sampling  to show the variety of species that makes up the trout’s diet. He also explained how it can be used as an indicator for river health.

After a much needed lunch back at the Carpenters Arms, we made our way to a newly opened trout fishery. Hobbs Lake, part of the Nar Valley Fisheries complex at Pentney, hosted our fly fishermen for the afternoon. Those members who brought their own gear roamed the lake in search of quality rainbow and brown trout.  Newcomers to fly fishing were given an afternoon of expert tuition by qualified fly fishing coach Jim Gill. The venue did not disappoint with most anglers hooking into immaculate looking trout to end a fantastic day. Many thanks to all those that attended and helped organise the day.


“Just like to say thanks for a very enjoyable and well organised day”

“Thanks for organising a good day. River Nar and fish farm very interesting, and I caught several fish”

“I just wanted to thank you very much for the effort that you and your colleagues went into to make yesterday's event such a success. We thoroughly enjoyed the day and found it most informative”

“Just a note to thank you, once again, for a good day – imaginative, informative and enjoyable”

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Dealing with Drought.doc

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Andy Sadler IFM.pdf

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Andy Went IFM.pdf

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Kye Jerrom IFM.pdf

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Trout Poster.ppt