About the River Derwent fishery
The Soldiers & Sailors AC stretch of the River Derwent is situated at the Draycott end of Wilne lane. This is easly accessed from the A6005 turning in to Market street and continuing down wilne lane. The actual stretch starts at the Seven Trent Water (STW) inlet just across the road from the STW pump station. The upstream end of the stretch is the fence end just behind, and past the ferry house.
The soft grass between the flood bank and the road is the the only areas where you can park a vehicle. At the top of the stretch the car parking surface is harder and wider, but limited.
This is only a short length of river with only 7 to 8 pegs with some steep banks. This is all natural river banks, caution is required when setting up for fishing. The upstream areas are quite shallow with most of the flow running towards the far bank. Then the depth levels out mid stretch all the way across the river for about 4-5 ft. of water.
When running a float down stream to the front of the STW inlet is were you will find the deepest water, around 5-6 foot. The water below the inlet which is not Soldiers & Sailors AC starts to deepen off to 8-10 foot.
The fish and Locations
The Top of the stretch near the ferry house
This area is very shallow with the majority of the flow on the far bank where the maximum depth is only around 3 foot. The water flow can be quite pacey, but it may be possible to wade out halfway across the river to allow for better presentation. The characteristic of the area is a magnet for most species of fish, especially in the summer months. The barbel always have a preference for this area, liking the pacy water flow, and gravel river bottom.
The middle of the stretch
The middle of the stretch the water flow is same all the way across the river. Because the water flow has spread across the width of the river the pace of the flow does slow down slightly. The predominant species are chub, roach, dace and bleak, but this is a natural river so you never know what species you could catch next!.
In the summer this area can have a abundance of streamer weed, this is a natural fish holding larder. Trotting a stick float or fishing a waggler sometimes can be frustrating constantly snagg ing on the weed growth. You could try and catch fish by regular feeding with maggots or casters, this could tempt the fish out in to the clearer runs.
The last pegs near the STW inlet
The water flow slows down a little, and the depth deepens to around 5-6 foot as it approaches the STW inlet. These pegs used to be popular and productive, and not knowing which species of fish could end up in the landing net.
When the river is carry extra flood water the peg next to the inlet is the place to be. Try and fish a heavier than usual stick float rig close to the steel grill on the inlet. You might be surprised at what can be caught in unfavourable conditions.
At predetermined times a automatically operated weed grab will spring into action. You have no need to be alarmed by the noise or grab action, it may just surprise you. Above the inlet is a weed grab that is automatically activated at predetermined times. This grab will automatically clear any weed that has congregated near the inlet grill. Therefore removing any restriction when extracting the water from the river. If you look over the the pump station building to may notice a skip and a shoot above it. This is where all the weed and flotsam ends up!.
SEASON TICKET HOLDERS ONLY, NO DAY TICKETS ARE SOLD ON THE BANK Season tickets MUST be purchased before fishing. Please see the Membership page for details of where to obtain season tickets from.
No Sweetcorn or Meat or any TINS to be left on the bank.
The use of keepnets is allowed
Leave no litter, and remember discarded hooks and line harms Wildlife. Please take home and dispose of these items.
Enjoy your fishing!.
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