River Chew • Five Stretches Of Prime River Fishing
Keynsham Angling Association controls the fishing rights to five stretches of the River Chew from Compton Dando to Keynsham. Club Members are entitled to fish the River Chew without a day ticket.
The River Chew is a classic roving water, featuring a good range of Coarse and Game fish. Several sections of the Chew have been stocked with batches of Barbel since 2009. Stocks of Roach and Bream were added in 2012.
River Chew • Mill Ground • Fields 17, 18, 19 & 21 • Chewton To Keynsham
The Mill Ground is a ¾ mile-long stretch of the River Chew, comprised of the left-bank fields (looking downstream) from Chewton Bridge at Chewton Keynsham to the Albert Mill, Keynsham, excluding the paddock at Conygre Farm. It is a rewarding venue set in the peaceful Chew Valley.
The fishery contains around 40 to 50 swims with depths averaging 6-7ft, some as deep as 11ft. Many of the pegs are situated on level ground, within easy reach of the water. Alder and Willow provide superb overhead cover for the fish, while Lilies and Reeds populate the margins in several areas, offering excellent Perch sport.
The Mill Ground is home to a good population of sizeable Chub, Roach, Perch, Grayling and Rudd, along with good numbers of Gudgeon, Dace and Trout. Look out for the occasional Bream, Barbel, double-figure Carp, Tench and one or two large Eels. A stock of 1200 3-5 inch Roach and Rudd was added in March 2010. A variety of baits will tempt the fish throughout the season, including maggots, casters, hemp and tares, bread, sweetcorn and redworm.
The Mill Ground is crossed by the Two Rivers Way and can be accessed via the Albert Mill at Keynsham, and through the kissing gate near Chewton Bridge at the south end. Parking is only available at the Keynsham end of the water. Field 19 contains overhead power lines. Please exercise extreme caution when fishing here.
River Chew • Chewton Meadow • Field 75 • Chewton Keynsham
Chewton Meadow is ¾ mile stretch of the River Chew at Chewton Keynsham, from Uplands Bridge to Chewton Place (right bank looking downstream). The Association re-acquired this field in 2005, and much work has been carried out by Club President Richard Denning and Dave Cook to open up the 20-plus swims.
The Meadow is slightly deeper on average compared to Uplands, Brookmead and Lyneham Orchard, especially towards the lower end at Chewton Place, with has depths to 14ft in places.
Chewton Meadow is home to a good number of sizeable Chub, Roach, Perch, Dace, Grayling and Brown Trout, with the occasional Rudd, Tench and Rainbow Trout. The water was first stocked with Barbel in 2009, with additional batches introduced since then. Roach and Bream were added in 2012.
Access is via the byway leading from Chewton Keynsham to Uplands Bridge. The track is very pot-holed and often flooded. If in doubt, park safely on the main road and walk. Limited parking space is available near the gate on the left past Uplands Bridge. Park very close to the hedge to avoid the off-roaders.
Chewton Meadow contains overhead power lines approximately two-thirds of the way along the beat. Please exercise extreme caution when fishing here.
River Chew • Uplands • Fields 71, 72, 73 & 74 • Compton Dando To Chewton
Uplands is one-and-a-quarter mile stretch of the River Chew from Bathford Brook near Compton Dando to Uplands Bridge at Chewton Keynsham, on the right bank looking downstream.
The Association acquired Uplands in 2009 and introduced a stock of Barbel shortly afterwards, with further batches introduced on a seasonal basis. Uplands is a classic roving water, with good numbers of quality fish including Grayling, Chub, Trout, Roach, Rainbow Trout, Barbel, Dace, Perch, Barbel and Gudgeon. A few Bream, Tench and Carp can also be found.
The Uplands stretch alternates between shallow glides and deeper pools, often with high banks and sheltered swims. Bankside vegetation is abundant.
Main access is via the kissing gate at Uplands Bridge, with secondary access via the various field gates on the Burnett to Compton Dando road. Limited parking is available at Uplands Bridge.
Brookmead is the left bank field directly downstream of Compton Dando Bridge - the field with the Environment Agency flow-measuring flume.
This is a peaceful roving water with good rewards on offer for determined anglers. Brookmead is home to a large variation of fish species including Chub, Roach, Dace, Barbel, Perch, Gudgeon, Rudd, Carp, Trout and Grayling. Members fishing at Brookmead have been known to catch in excess of eight different species in a single session.
Depths alternate between deep holes up to 8ft and shallow, gravel-bed glides, providing good sport for both Game and Coarse anglers. Limited car parking and main access can be found at Compton Dando Bridge.
Brookmead contains several overhead power lines. Please exercise extreme caution when fishing here. The banks are very steep in places. The Club advises Junior Members fishing at Brookmead to be accompanied by an adult.
River Chew • Lyneham Orchard • Field 10 • Compton Dando
Lyneham Orchard is a ¼ mile, crescent-shaped stretch of the River Chew located four fields downstream of Compton Dando Bridge.
This is a very wild field, with steep banks, dense vegetation and overhanging trees, concealing several deep holes. Sport here is challenging but can be very rewarding, with the usual array of species including Chub, Roach, Dace, Perch, Rudd, Gudgeon, Trout, Barbel, Carp and Grayling.
Access is via the kissing gate by Compton Dando Bridge, where limited parking can also be found. Follow the path through Brookmead and the next two fields. At the woods, go through the iron gate into the meadow. The Two Rivers footpath follows the River Chew all the way to Keynsham, and on to the River Avon.
Several of the Association's waters are near overhead power lines carrying up to 132,000 volts. These lines are within reach of rods and poles. Members must maintain a safe fishing distance and must NOT carry assembled rods or poles under these power lines. Always look up.
The next Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 3rd October 2016 at Keynsham Cricket Club, 7:30pm prompt. All Members are eligible to attend.
The River Chew fishes well when recovering from a flush of flood water, as the river is fining down.
Rain on a Thursday is always good news for weekend Chew anglers.
Feed light and regularly to attract the fish and keep them interested.
Clay Shoot Dates
Century Ponds is closed to Members on alternate Sundays until 1pm for clay shooting.
2015 Nov 1st, 15th, 29th Dec 13th, 27th
2016 Jan 10th, 24th Feb 7th, 21st Mar 6th, 20th Apr 3rd, 17th May 1st, 15th, 29th June 12th, 26th July 10th, 24th Aug 7th, 21st Sep 4th, 18th Oct 2nd, 16th, 30th Nov 13th, 27th Dec 11th, 25th