To Mark Frame (and others). Yes, the LAA still retains a stretch of old river from Aqueduct Lock downstream for a few hundred yeards. It is very overgrown and hardly fished nowadays. Many years ago the LAA used to control the river from Kings Weir down to their present (much reduced) stretch. The fish are still in the LAA stretch (it is opposite the RMC bank) but the Lea has always (in my opinion) being a hard river.
Whilst on the subject of the LAA, I have recently returned to anglinf after a 30 year break. I still have a 1962 LAA Handbook and it breaks my heart to see the waters they have lost. Can people enlighten me as to why? And what has happened to all the anglers? Once upon a time you couldn't get a swim - now the bank is bare!
sorry its taken so long to thank you but ive been busy DIYing.
AS AN ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION COULD IT BE THAT THE LANDOWNERS HAVE BEEN GETTING GREEDY IN THEIR RENTS?
OR THAT THE RIVERS ARE NOW TO CLEAN AND WEEDY.
PERHAPS THE ANGLERS OF TODAY HAVE TAKEN THE EASIER ROUTE TO FISH BY FISHING COMMERCIAL WATERS.
I KNOW IN ST. ALBANS WE HAVE BOWMANS FARM WHERE YOU ARE GUAREENTEED TO CATCH.
MAYBE TODAYS ANGLERS JUST DO NOT KNOW HOW TO WORK FOR THEIR FISH.
I'm sure that all your points are valid mark. More than one tackle shop proprieter has suggested to me that I should go to commercial fisheries rather than my old haunts of yesteryear. You may well be right about (some) lazy anglers. The thought of trotting ALL DAY (as I once did regularly and will again) might be a bit too much like hard work - harder with a heavy split cane rod though! And I still have that as well - now refurbished and dying to be bent over with barbel and chub. Good luck should you visit the Lea.