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River Ivel, Dead River, Willow Hay, The Riddy including Sandy Mill Pool

Please note that night fishing is not allowed on the Riddy nature reserve and anyone flouting this rule faces prosecution by Sandy Town Council.

Car parking is available in Mill Lane and the in lay-by accessible from the northbound carriageway of the A1 trunk road at the end of Beeston village. The Dead River is located upstream of the mill pool at Sandy and offers some exceptional sport during the winter.. Roach and Dace are the predominant species with weights exceeding 15lbs. Pike to well over 20lbs and perch to nearly 4lbs have been caught as they pursue the large shoals of silver fish into the stretch. The best pike reported weighed an impressive 25lbs.

In the Mill Pool, Bream weights have exceeded 50lbs with fish averaging between 3 and 5lbs. Chub to over 7lbs have been landed with 4 to 5lb fish regularly caught. Also present are large Carp, Barbel, Tench, Rudd, Gudgeon and Perch. Carp run to over 20lbs, and the best reported Barbel weighed over 8lbs.

The Riddy stretch holds some nice chub to over 6lbs and double figure carp are present. Barbel have also been reported to inhabit the stretch.

New Road Bridge to Stratford Brook

Approximately 1500 yards, of the upstream East Bank. The main species are as per Willow Hay.

“The Bank” from Willow Hay, all the way downstream to New Road Bridge is EXCLUSIVE to BHAA Members. There is no public right of access, and no berthing of watercraft allowed.

Willow Hay

Approximately 300 yards of the east bank of the River Ivel upstream of Stratford Brook up to the brick bridge opposite Manor Farm Fishery. Park at Grace Lake.

The main species present are chub, carp, bream, pike and perch with the possibility of catching the odd Barbel.