A Drop Me a Line Water..

This forum belongs to Temple Pool.
User avatar
J.T
Bailiff
Posts: 5901
Joined: Mon Sep 05, 2011 1:27 pm
Location: Surrey

Re: A Drop Me a Line Water..

Post by J.T » Sun Oct 23, 2011 4:32 pm

:thumb:
"piscator non solum piscatur"
Image

User avatar
Mark
Head Bailiff
Posts: 17870
Joined: Mon Aug 22, 2011 4:55 pm
Location: Leicestershire
Contact:

Re: A Drop Me a Line Water..

Post by Mark » Sun Oct 23, 2011 4:54 pm

Sounds good FB. :thumb:
Mark (Administrator)

The most precious places in the English landscape are those secretive corners,
where you find only elder trees, nettles and dreams. (BB - Denys Watkins-Pitchford).

User avatar
Gary Bills
Tench
Posts: 2929
Joined: Sun Sep 04, 2011 6:57 pm
Location: Herefordshire

Re: A Drop Me a Line Water..

Post by Gary Bills » Sun Oct 23, 2011 6:06 pm

Mark wrote:Sounds good FB. :thumb:
I'll set to work!

Julian W

Re: A Drop Me a Line Water..

Post by Julian W » Thu Feb 23, 2012 1:03 pm

Hexton Manor is just up the road from me and I've been there a few times. If anyone wanted to have a look, they have a fete in the summer, when you can walk around the lake. The one on the satellite picture (next to the house) is actually very shallow and weedy and I wound't have thought would be much good for fishing. Interestingly, that little island in the middle has a dining table and chairs on it (the island isn't much bigger than the table!) and, presumably, the owners take a boat out there in the summer. Very quirky!

A much more likely candidate for the carpy bit is the 'stretch' to the north east, adjacent to Mill Lane, where the dam is. I'm ashamed to say I've never had the guts to climb up and have a look (there is a pair of cottages there) but I have seen cars parked there and assumed that they belonged to anglers. Also, I remember an article in Waterlog where someone had obtained permission.

And (sorry to ramble) are we absolutely sure that this is Temple Pool? Presumably we're not talking about the one in Passion for Angling?

User avatar
Snape
Bailiff
Posts: 8987
Joined: Sun Sep 04, 2011 11:52 am
Location: North Oxfordshire
Contact:

Re: A Drop Me a Line Water..

Post by Snape » Thu Feb 23, 2012 2:00 pm

Julian W wrote:Hexton Manor is just up the road from me and I've been there a few times. If anyone wanted to have a look, they have a fete in the summer, when you can walk around the lake. The one on the satellite picture (next to the house) is actually very shallow and weedy and I wound't have thought would be much good for fishing. Interestingly, that little island in the middle has a dining table and chairs on it (the island isn't much bigger than the table!) and, presumably, the owners take a boat out there in the summer. Very quirky!

A much more likely candidate for the carpy bit is the 'stretch' to the north east, adjacent to Mill Lane, where the dam is. I'm ashamed to say I've never had the guts to climb up and have a look (there is a pair of cottages there) but I have seen cars parked there and assumed that they belonged to anglers. Also, I remember an article in Waterlog where someone had obtained permission.

And (sorry to ramble) are we absolutely sure that this is Temple Pool? Presumably we're not talking about the one in Passion for Angling?
The temple pool in APFA is quite different and is near Beaconsfield.
Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing it is not fish they are after.
~Henry David Thoreau

Julian W

Re: A Drop Me a Line Water..

Post by Julian W » Thu Feb 23, 2012 2:41 pm

Ahhh...I might try and get permission for HM. I know someone who knows someone etc, etc.

User avatar
Gary Bills
Tench
Posts: 2929
Joined: Sun Sep 04, 2011 6:57 pm
Location: Herefordshire

Re: A Drop Me a Line Water..

Post by Gary Bills » Thu Feb 23, 2012 2:48 pm

That would be very interesting! :D
I gained no reply to my enquiry...

Julian W

Re: A Drop Me a Line Water..

Post by Julian W » Thu Feb 23, 2012 3:24 pm

How rude. I'm going to go and have a sneaky look first. May even take some pictures.

User avatar
Gary Bills
Tench
Posts: 2929
Joined: Sun Sep 04, 2011 6:57 pm
Location: Herefordshire

Re: A Drop Me a Line Water..

Post by Gary Bills » Thu Feb 23, 2012 4:01 pm

I think the idea of anglers may have put them off... :shocked:

Sandgroper
Bleak
Posts: 125
Joined: Mon Sep 02, 2013 1:29 am
Location: Wanneroo, Western Australia

Re: A Drop Me a Line Water..

Post by Sandgroper » Mon Sep 02, 2013 10:51 am

I was very interested to see this thread on The Temple Pool as it was a fishery at which I spent a lot of time in the 1960s. In those days, the fishing was controlled by Lady Kathleen Ashley-Cooper who gave me an open permit in 1961. Of course I had heard about Pickle Barrel, indeed, Dick Walker and I had spoken about the fish on a number of occasions, but by the time I began to fish there, there was no sign of that fish, or any others of a comparable size. However, there was a good number of doubles in the water and as it was only a few minutes from my home in Luton, it was a water of great interest to me.

Personally, I found it to be a fairly difficult water, the carp were not easily fooled and things were difficult when a fish was hooked. The whole of the lake was choked by a fine silk weed that grew from the bottom to the surface. Any hooked fish ran through the weed and before long there would be twenty or thirty pounds of the stuff wrapped around the line above the fish. I found that stalking the carp was more productive than sitting with a bait on the bottom. Perhaps I should have dragged swims, but even if I had, it would have made no difference once a fish was hooked because the fish would have been so close to the weed, it would have been into it in a matter of seconds.

The pool is the lower of the two on the estate and it was always rumoured that the upper lake had been stocked as a trout fishery but I never been able to confirm that one way or the other. Certainly there were trout in the area and I caught some in the little stream that runs from the bottom end of the pool. While they weren't huge trout, those I caught were all close to two pounds, but I was careful to take only one each year. I don't suppose I was supposed to fish there but the stream ran through a farmer's field, so I felt that it was outside of the estate its self. Not only were they tasty trout they were very crafty fish and approaching them had to be done by crawling along on my stomach. There was no finesse in my tackle; it was a matter of hooking a fish, holding it, lifting it out, banging it on the head and taking it home for dinner.

The banks of the pool were/are( ?) heavily treed and the bottom of the pool is covered by dead leaves, which, I believe, may be responsible for the black spot the roach carried. I never caught anything special in the way of roach there, but I did have some enjoyable sessions with them.

Them biggest carp I caught there was one of eleven pounds and I caught that during my work lunch hour. I could get to the pool in fifteen minutes and so I could get in thirty minutes of stalking carp. I hooked a number much bigger than that but the weed problem was just about insurmountable.

The Temple Pool is the spookiest water I have ever fished, even during the day it could look somewhat foreboding, but I decided to try night fishing it on my own one night. I was there in plenty of time and got settled in and hoped that the heavy tackle I had chosen would overcome the weed problem. However, a little after dark I began to feel nervous and then the noises began. I had never heard so many unidentifiable noises before or since and some of them were very close to me. I became increasingly disturbed until I finally broke, dismantled my gear, shoved it in to bags and actually ran to my car! A couple of weeks later I told Alan Brown of Hitchin that I had gone to night fish the water and he said, "I bet you never stayed all night."

In the late '60s, Lady Kathleen handed full control of the estate to her son and I wrote to him, (enclosing an sae) asking if he would allow my permit to continue but I never received a reply.
Losing the right to fish there wasn't a great loss really, I wasn't short of good waters to fish, but it was a water that had its own magic and even the constant thumping of the ram pump had its own friendly character.

I left the UK in the '70s to come and live in Australia and some years ago I heard that all of the carp on the pool had died. I have never been able to ascertain what killed them or what they died of, but I presume that what I heard of them dying was probably true.

I returned to the UK for a holiday in 2004 and decided to take a run into Hexton to have a look at the pool. I walked up the bank opposite the cottage on the left hand side of the road and found myself facing a notice forbidding me to go further. I ignored it and crept to the water side and after a few moments I saw a faint shape pass in front of me. I soon saw others but I was not able to identify the species. I would say that a syndicate now controls the water, or perhaps Lady Kathleen's son decided to make a trout fishery of the lake, that could explain the demise of the carp.

Whatever, the Temple Pool is a wonderful part of angling history in England, and I feel privileged to have been able to fish it as much as I did.
Eagles may soar but I will never get sucked into a jet engine.

Post Reply

Return to “Temple Pool”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest