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The 2022 season at Astwell has made a good start, these Tench caught by Adam Walding and Tom Hitchcock

 To make Astwell Mill not just a good Tench fishery but a GREAT Tench fishery have taken another step forward.
Hundreds of glistening fish – from six inches to around the FOUR POUND mark – have just gone into Astwell top pond!
And they are a follow-up to a few hundred six-to-eight inch tincas added a bit over a year back.
AND also on Thursday, some quality carp – mirrors and commons – in the six to eight pound bracket, were added to Silver Lake!
(Just a few pics of the stockings are on the Club Waters Astwell Mill Photographs Page).
The latest Tench stocking was made possible by the incredible generosity of a member so impressed by the club's self-help attitude of late...that he donated £1,000 to help underwrite further progress.

The previous round of stockings (again Tench for Astwell and carp for Silverlake) were also part-assisted by donations: £500 from another member, and close to £1,000 in total from the owners of both waters...
Thank you those big hearted people!
And if anyone else feels like contributing, albeit on a smaller scale, please get in touch...
T&DAA has carried out thousands-of-pounds-worth of bank works over the past three years, with more to come including improvements to Silverlake's access track, the path around the lake, and some pegs.

Cost of physical works and weed treatments to date (Astwell and Silverlake) is being part covered by much appreciated grants now totalling £5,500 – £4,000 in 2017 and a just-won £1,500 – from the Environment Agency.

Thank you the EA.

That's rod licence money coming back to grassroots angling...and we're making good use of it!
And thank you the club's ticket-buying members whose money is making up the balance on the above improvements, and thanks too to the volunteers who've put in so much work.
Thank you everyone.
So far this spring we have already started adding blue dye (not cheap) to help reduce the amount of sunlight getting to the bottom, in a bid to reduce rooted weed growth.

Here's to a great future!

2022 Re-stocking News


HAVING a look at Astwell Mill? Please don't worry because the water has taken on a deep blue hue.
The club has made an early start on adding blue dye – as a filter to reduce the amount of weed growth encouraging sunlight getting to the bottom.
There will be 'top ups' in months to come

We are expecting to take delivery of more quality Tench for Astwell in the near future, following those added in late 2020.
And there will be some more carp for Silverlake (we put some in in 2020).
T&DAA has carried out thousands-of-pounds-worth of bank works over the past three years, with more to come including aggregate surfacing of Silverlake's access track plus surfacing of the path around the lake and some peg areas.

Cost of physical works and weed treatments to date (Astwell and Silverlake) is being part covered by much appreciated grants now totalling £5,800 – £4,000 in 2017 and a just-won £1,800 – from the Environment Agency Fenland and Great Ouse Fishery Team.

Thank you the EA.

That's rod licence money coming back to grassroots angling...and we're making good use of it!
Fish purchases have and are being part-assisted by donations: £1,000 from one incredibly generous member, £500 from another...AND close to £1,000 total from both waters' owners.
Thank YOU those people.
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2023 Re-Stocking News

Astwell Mill received its third stock boost in as many years, this time 320 tench were added to the bottom pond. This means over 700 tench have been stocked between the two ponds since November 2020.

Last season was great for tench, here's hoping the next will be even better!

2022 News Archive

New membership books are available online www.t-daa.uk/membership.html and in the tackle shops. Most local tackle shops sell them and they are listed on our website www.t-daa.uk or in existing books.

During winter we have undertaken a lot of work on access for Astwell mill and Silverlake. Astwell now has a ramped pathway down to the bottom lake replacing the sometimes awkward set of steps that were there. This will make access much easier for people of limited mobility and those hauling kit trolleys.

At Silverlake we are constructing new paths to make life easier going up the “dam hill” and it will then continue down the left-hand side of the lake, as this path is uneven and slopes towards the lake. As with Astwell this will improve access for those with mobility issues or those hauling kit trolleys.

We have added 320 Tench to the bottom lake at Astwell additional to the 400 that have been put in the top lake, we would like to make Astwell the premier Tench water in the district, many anglers find that Tench offer the best sport.

As ever we will be organizing working parties during the season, particularly at the start to ensure our venues are a pleasure to visit. We would encourage as may members as possible to join one of these sessions as many hands make light work and sometimes, as ever, it devolves down to the few stalwarts to do the work and none of us are getting any younger!

Wet nets and hopefully we will see you on the bank this year.

This account was sent by our former Treasurer Trevor Johnson:

Hi, my 6 year old grandson from Ireland with 5-6 of silvers as mentioned the other morn.

Maybe good to publicise as a family/beginners water as well as Tench and Pike pond?

Thanks Astwell Mill (and Towcester & DAA)

Youngest grandson Christopher - aged 6 - was over from Ireland for long weekend, and having heard dad Matt talk so much about Astwell he just had to have a go.

It was magic watching him get silver after silver on maggot and 3.5 metre whip and his dad all lit up like I used to be when I took him there as a sprogg.

He finished up with 5lb 6oz in two and three quarter hours.

His last cast had seen a chunky pike - 5lb at least - snatch a roach he was bringing in and try to go back under its bush.

The lad played it (and shouted at it) like a pro with his dad holding onto him to stop him going in after it.

But it was a contest only the snapper was ever going to win, and eventually the 3.2 hooklength parted.

But, if he needed any further encouragement, I think he is now very definitely an angler for life.

Astwell is such a wonderful water - and that’s 3 generations of the same family hooked on it…not to mention my late grandfather whom I took there when, as a teenager, I got my first car. An old Thames/Lea pole angler from the Smoke he thought it was out of this world.

Thanks Astwell - and Mick Goodridge for the tips on non-stop silver catching