Just to let you know that the local paper reported this week that otters will be re-introduced into the Roding. Not sure the exact spots but the local paper covers the Abridge/Loughton/Chigwell area. Definately Chub, Pike and Signal Crayfish in the river and i remember seeing a few carp when i was i lot younger.
That's ridiculous, all the research i've done into the Roding has lead me to believe that it is not got the highest stocks of fish. Releasing of Otters to such a small river would be downright stupid but wouldn't surprise me. They have to stop the introduction of Otters to areas where they will struggle for food as that is cruel. Be like putting your goldfish in a bucket and not feeding it.
Going to give Roding and other Essex rivers a try next season after a few years break. Rivers like the Wid, Ingrebourne, Pant, Blackwater. Does anyone on here still fish them?
The Roding at Stamford Rivers was a boys dream in the 50s & 60s. We had no money so never joined any of the clubs controlling the stretch but we were always careful to look after the water and never leave litter etc - so we considered ourselves excused! It was indeed a Crabtree paradise and produced specimen fish for me and most of my friends, chub, dace, roach, perch etc. I also caught my first fish on a fly there (dace) and learned to dap grasshoppers for chub.
On the odd trip through Aveley in recent years the near-chalk-stream of my memory is now a weed choked muddy ditch.
I live in Loughton, And can confirm the Roding this part is prity much dead.
I've tried under the fly over next to the Higgings building quite a number of times and have managed 1 small size pike but other then that not a single sniff.
Also a very large tree few years ago fell across the river and has cut it of heading towards Abridge.
Prity sure as well there quite a number of fish poaching that has happend, I've noticed burnt out fires and a ladder getting down into the river.
Every once in a blue moon I go through Abridge and have a little cry at the piddly little reedbed-ditch masquerading as a river. It was a Crabtree dream when I was a kid