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11/11/2021 - KAA 97th AGM

Thank you to all of the members who attended the AGM at the Stanton Drew Village Hall last night. There were some lively discussions around CMR stocking and membership fees. The committee will contact Bristol Water and try to ascertain where the information and mixed messages, centering around dates of stocking, originated from. Any developments will be posted in due course. Membership fees were discussed as it was suggested that a significant rise in the fees was required as the club was excellent value, and to maintain the quality of the fishing. It was felt by the majority that a large rise in the fees would have an adverse effect on membership numbers, which were already lower than desired. It was unanimously agreed to raise the membership fees by £5 across the board. 

Elections of Officers and Committee members was carried out with all Committee members being unanimously re-elected with the exception of Fred Gray who resigned from the Committee. No new Committee members were elected. After 20 years Steve Feddery stood down as Company Secretary and Membership Secretary. Ron Hardie has volunteered to take up those positions within the club. Ron Hardie was unanimously elected to take over. Mike Lavender, as Chairman, and Steve Parkinson, as Treasurer, were unanimously re-elected to carry on in the respective positions.  

The membership page has been updated to reflect the change in Membership Secretary and membership fees.

Once again I would like to thank all members for attending the AGM. Hopefully Knowle Angling will strengthen in the coming years and provide quality flyfishing for everyone far into the future.

10/11/2021 - Fly Tying Session

Due to the response from members, fly tying sessions will start on Tuesday 16th November at 1930. They will be held at Taylors Farm. All members that are interested are welcome.

01/11/2021 - Fly Tying

Any members that are interested in honing their fly tying skills please contact Mike Lavender via the phone number on your membership tab. It is planned to run the fly tying on Tuesday evenings at Taylors Farm. The start date will be posted when numbers are known.

06/10/2021 - KAA Annual General Meetin

The date for the KAA  AGM has been set for Wednesday 10th November 2021 at the Stanton Drew Village Hall. The AGM will start at 1930. All members are encouraged to attend.

17/08/2021 - Weed Clearing Help Needed at Broad Oak

A weed clearing session is planned for Saturday 28th August at Broad Oak. It will run from 0900 until around 1200. Our small dedicated group of hard working bank clearers would appreciate help from as many members as possible. It is in every member's interests to clear the worst of the weed and make fishing the lake less frustrating. So, if you are able to, please come along for a few hours and help our bank clearers.

17/08/2021 - Club Competition 05/09/2021

There will be a competition on Sunday 5th September. The competition is for the 'Paul Luxton Memorial Shield' and will be held each year. Some of our members may have known Paul who sadly passed away over a year ago. Broad Oak will be the meeting point for members to sign in at 0830. Fishing will be from 0900 to 1200 and the angler with the heaviest brace will be the winner. Members taking part can fish any of the club's venues, but must return to Broad Oak by 1230 for the weigh in. The club competitions are purely friendly and social occasions. Broad Oak lake will be closed to all non competition participants until completion of said competition. 

01/07/2021 - Ackers Closure

Ackers will be closed from Monday 5th July for one week due to the road from the entrance to the car park being relaid. Any change to the dates will be posted as soon as known.

11/03/2021 - Incidents ay Broad Oak

Unfortunately two incidents have occured at Broad Oak and reported by the riparian owner. Someone was fishing during the period that the lakes were closed. He said that he had fished continually throughout the closure and pleaded ignorance, unaware of the closure. A member turned up with his family and their dog and, when challenged, pleaded ignorance of the rules. Dogs are not allowed on any of our venues for obvious reasons, and our riparian owners do not want families accompanying members whilst fishing. The club had to seek permission to run the families days a couple of years ago. The club has had to apologise profusely to the owner.

The venue now has an owner who will be on the lookout for infringements. Members are requested to please read the club rules prior to fishing. If there are any members who no longer have a set of rules then please email me at and I will send you a copy.

Please follow the rules for each venue. The last thing we need is to lose a venue because rules are constantly being broken. Pleading ingnorance is not an excuse.

09/03/2021 - Rules for fishing Ackers and Taylors Lakes

A reminder to members that there are specific rules for Ackers and Taylors.

1. Barbless hooks (or debarbed hooks) must be used on all KAA venues

2. Only 1 fish can be be taken from either Ackers or Taylors each day. If you wish to take 2 fish, then you must move to another venue to catch your second fish.

3. Members must sign in prior to fishing and complete the returns sheet on completion of their session. This rule is the same at all KAA venues.

All members should have a set of Knowle Angling rules. All new members will have been sent, by post or email, a copy when they joined. The above rules are all clearly stated in the by-laws. The rules for each venue are placed in each returns box in addition. It is the responsibility of all members to acquaint themselves of the rules before fishing.

02/03/2021 - Lakes to re-open

After an age in this lock down state and frustrations beginning to rise to the surface, there is some excellent news at long last. The club has been in constant contact with our riparian owners, and have been just as frustrated as everybody else at not being able to wet a line. Yesterday we were given the excellent news that we have been given the go ahead to recommence fishing. The venues will be opened as follows: -

1. CMR, Broad Oak and Taylors will be open from Saturday 6th March.

2. Ackers will be open from Monday 8th March.

Members are reminded that Covid-19 restrictions are still very much in force and we must follow the rules on social distancing etc. The rules are posted at each venue. We do not want to give the owners any reason to close our venues again.

Members will need to check their membership tabs as the combination code for the padlocks at CMR and Broad Oak have been changed.

08/01/2021 - Fishing Closure Update

Most of you would have seen yesterday's update from the Angling Trust in which they announced that, after a rethink, MPs decided that fishing was seen as a form of exercise and was now permitted providing it could be done locally given the travel restrictions in place, during this lock down, will be enforced.

Our riparian owners, as they did during the first lock down, want to see how the situation pans out before allowing members to fish the venues. So until further notice all KAA venues will remain closed. This is in line with other small fisheries, both trout and coarse, around the area. 

We are in regular contact with the riparian owners and will post any updates as soon as known. 

Given the horrendous figures issued every day, we hope all members and their families take care and keep safe.

06/01/2021 - Fishing Closure

The Angling Trust has issued the disappointing news that, despite their pleas to the government, fishing is not allowed. Accordingly we have to follow this directive and close all of KAA's venues until further notice. The riparian owners will rigidly enforce this at our venues.

We hope that all members take care and keep safe!

15/01/2021 - Guest Tickets

Members are reminded that Guest tickets are available from several locations.

  1. Pensford Post Office
  2. Druids Arms Public House in Stanton Drew
  3. Steven Feddery, Membership Secretary. Contact details on Membership tab.

​Day tickets cost £10 and allow your guest to take 1 fish. You will need to show your membership tab when obtaining a ticket. 

09/01/2021 - New Year Reminder

As we enter a new membership year, it is the right time to remind all members of some of the rules which apply to our venues.

Rule Reminder for Ackers and Taylor's

  1. Floating or sink tip lines only.
  2. A point fly and one dropper only.
  3. Maximum hook size is a standard size 10. Maximum fly length is 15/16 of an inch. Gauges are fitted to the returns boxes at each of these venues.
  4. Any fly that fits within the gauge can be used.
  5. Only one fish per day can be taken from either venue. If you want to take two fish, then you must move to another venue.

As stated these rules apply to Ackers and Taylor's only. There are rules which apply to all venues: -

  1. Barbless hooks to be used.
  2. Members must sign in on the returns sheet when arriving, and complete on leaving.
  3. Only two fish may be taken each day.
  4. You must be in control of your rod at all times.
  5. Membership cards must be carried when fishing.

Please help the bailiffs by following the above. Please contact Mike Lavender or Steve Feddery if you have any questions.

09/01/2021 - Invasive Species

As most of you will know, we are working closely with the Bristol Zoo invasive species team. They have been carrying out surveys of the signal crayfish population at CMR. They have visited our other venues and will shortly be setting up Artificial Refuse Traps (ARTs) at these venues. The work this team carry out is vitally important in trying to halt the spread of these species. A PDF showing the particular species to look out for is available to download here.

As anglers we are important in this campaign to try and halt the spread of these destructive species. We are best placed to spot them and let the bailiffs and Steve Feddery know. These species cause immense damage to our native species and the aquatic environment. It is up to us to play our part in assisting the Bristol Zoo team with their exceptionaly important work. An important step we, as anglers, can take is to follow the CHECK, CLEAN and DRY routine after fishing. A PDF of this routine is available here.

Further detailed information on the invasive species and how to indentify them can be found at the following website: please take time to read through and look out for any signs of them when you visit our venues.

09/01/2021 - Membership Numbers

Members are reminded that their membership numbers may have changed for this year. Please check your membership card before signing in.

09/01/2021 - Catch and Release

As a club that allows catch and release on our waters, members are to ensure that the process is carried out with with maximum care to the welfare of the fish. There is a link to the 'Stillwater Trout Fisheries Association' guide to Catch and Release on the download page. Please read it and follow their guidelines. Our fish are a valuable asset and must be looked after.