of St.Albans, Hertfordshire, UK.
 Issue 35

January 2003 


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Roll on Summer !
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 What a miserable wet few months we've had. With heavy rain most days through November and December it's no surprise to find most of our waters are over the banks. Some good fish are still being reported with good roach and crucians to those fishing the last few hours of daylight at Riverside and nice bags of chub at Marford


There's also been some interesting dialogue on the club's Guest Book regarding Smallford. Why not have a browse yourself and feel free to leave a comment if you so wish. 


Meanwhile, if like me, you're opting to earn a few points on the domestic front, and doing your bit to finish off all the Christmas nibbles and booze, here's a reminder of what a float looks . Just imagine it slipping away as a nice sized fish takes the bait.... 

Match News: Little to report in December. The Christmas Match at Riverside was very well attended with around 45 members enjoying a pre-match fry-up and mulled wine and mince pies afterwards. Only thing missing were the fish with a single 11lb carp in the last few minutes providing Steve Burfoot with an early Christmas bonus (see below for pic) &- Click here for details of recent VAC Championship Rounds.

Half Price Membership

Prospective new members can still join the VAC at half price. That means adults can join for just 27.50 + 25 annual subscription providing full access to our waters until next June (subject to applicable close season restrictions).

For further information simply go to our Subscription Page by clicking here. 


THE VAC has for many years organised fly fishing for trout at its Riverside Road fishery during the traditional close season, from late March to early June. Members fish the same day each week and this can sometimes be varied by prior arrangement with the Trout Secretary.

The cost of a full season ticket last year was 70, holders are entitled to take up to three fish per day. Day tickets are available at additional cost to all club members and accompanied guests.

Stocks of Rainbows are introduced approximately every two weeks and range from 1lb to 6lb. Fishing is fly-only and you must be a Club Member. Concessionary membership for Trout Season only is available but full membership is best value. We can arrange tuition if necessary, including equipment. 

During the summer months a number of day trips are organised to quality commercial fisheries, giving members a chance to fish together and get to know one another. Plans are in progress for the Club to have its own dedicated Trout Fishery and further details will be published early next year.

The next open meeting of the Trout Section will be held in our meeting room at Riverside Road on 29 January 2003 at 20.00.

Further details are available from the Trout Secretary Carol Pickering.

Each month, Queensway Angling are offering special offers exclusively to VAC members.

Please phone for instant quotes - 01442 254723 - or email

Gear up for Christmas!!!! 


If Santa didn't bring you want you wanted  why not pop-in and have a browse!!!! Plenty of ideas for for treating yourself and getting 2003 off to a good start.


At least 10% discount off RRP on all major items when you mention VAC web site or newsletter.
20% off all Drennan fleeces (prices start at 39.99). 15-20% discount on Shimano reels (match + carp), hot foot thermal boots 15 off now just 25.


Please come and browse over 250 rods in stock.

Second Hand List 


3x ESP tracer carp rods 2 TC 85.00 each. 

Browning 11-13ft feeder rod 50. 

Browning 16ft float rod 60. 

Browning Syntec 11m pole 90. 

Browning Carboxy match reel new 90 now 40.

2x Browning Aggressor carp rods 40 each. 

Harrison Ballista carp rod 12ft 2 TC 80.
Super matchbox new 320 now 180.
Pair Century NG carp rods 12ft 2 TC new 400 now only 240.
Remember, don't get caught out in the cold. Beat the chill with over 20 different styles of one & two piece suits, fleeces, lined jackets, bib-n-braces, hats, etc.

Your contribution?

Full credit to Steve Burfoot for sitting out on 12m of pole for almost five hours on the VAC Christmas Match before hooking this tonka. Thanks to Brian Larkin for the pic

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