The River Windrush, Burford Angling Club, Oxon

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This is a small friendly club which has the fishing rights to a section of the river Windrush. The Windrush is a small Oxfordshire river with plenty of character, swims range from steady glides to fast riffle beds and turbulent weir pools.

The river boasts an impressive list of species, most of them can be caught to specimen sizes.

Roach can be caught to 2.5lbs though they can prove to be very nomadic and as with all fishing on the Windrush, stealth and patience is the key to success.

Perch have been caught to 4lbs , be prepared to fish early or late for the perch as they prefer low light conditions. Location is easier than that of roach , if it looks Perchy chances are there will be perch there.

Dace have been caught to 1lb and tend to move in shoals, if you can get a shoal to remain in your swim you will have a truly memorable day, although be prepared for lightening quick bites.

Chub, as with all chub fishing they can either prove to be the easiest or hardest fish in the river to catch. The largest chub from Burford club waters to date is 6lb 4oz.

Grayling, a lot of our members join each year purely for the grayling fishing, whether it be fly fishing or trotting a float both methods are equally productive. The minnows can be a bit of a nuisance at times so rather than use maggots give a grain of sweet corn a try as the grayling have developed a liking for it.

Pike, these have been known to grow huge for such a small river, the largest recorded last season being 18lbs. Surprisingly one of the best baits for pike is Lobworm !

Barbel, these are present although they are not welcome as they were introduced by the EA without consulting either the landowner or the Angling club. The landowner has witnessed them sitting behind the spawning Trout waiting to eat all the eggs released ( he was not amused after spending many thousands of pounds having riffle beds installed for the trout )

Trout, these are primarily brown trout although rainbows do crop up now and then as Cotswold fly fishers own the fishing rights to a downstream section of the Windrush. The bag limit is two trout per day but as the water is not artificially stocked I would urge you to implement a catch and release policy and let someone else have the pleasure of catching the same fish another day.

Eels, as with all waters eels have been sadly lacking in recent years. If you do catch one treat it with the respect it deserves, and if it is deeply hooked cut the line as close to the hook as possible, as you can do more damage trying to unhook these delicate creatures than you will by leaving the hook in.

Small species, the Windrush has a healthy population of smaller species including, Minnows, Bullheads, Gudgeon and Stone loach all of which have their part to play in the rivers ecology.

Club rules.

Burford Angling Club is proud of the fact that it has relatively few rules and the majority are purely commonsense. For those interested night fishing is permitted although this is restricted to fishing under an umbrella rather than the use of bivies.
Other rules include matters concerning trespass, taking fish in an illegal manner, damage to river banks fences or crops and dates when fly fishing is permitted.

Burford Angling Club matches.

The club has a summer league which is held on Wednesday evenings, which consists of six three hour matches.
There is also a Sunday match held on the last Sunday of each month, a completion rule worth noting is Competitions do not exclude any other member of the club from fishing the waters during the match a rule which I wish more clubs would implement.
Both the Sunday and summer league matches are open for any member to enter although dont expect it to be a serious affair as like most things connected to the club the emphasis is on enjoyment rather than win at all costs. To give you an idea of the scale of the matches, last seasons biggest turnout was a HUGE nine anglers.

O.D.A.A Affiliation.

Burford Angling Club is affiliated to the O.D.A.A ( Oxford and District Angling Association ) this gives you access to sections of the Thames in and around Oxford notably Medley, Donnington and Clifton Hampden to name a few. O.D.A.A affiliation also gives you access to several miles of the Oxford canal above Oxford and over a mile of the river Cherwell.

Membership Fees:-

Senior 30.00
Ladies/Disabled 17.00
Junior 12.50
OAP 20.00

Day Tickets are available from: Orvis, 80 High Street, Burford, OX18 4QF. Membership is available from burfordanglingclub@outlook.com


Junior membership applies only to those under the age of 17.

Any questions regarding the club please send me a PM and I will do my best to answer.

An application form will also be sent to anyone interested.[:)]



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Hi there
Thank you for the info on your forum, it sounds a good place to fish, I will have to give it a go soon as the river looked good for fly fishing as I crossed the bridge over the river at the bottom of the high street, I then turned into Church Lane and parked in the free car park, do you own the waters around the car park as well?
Look forward to a few pleasant hours fishing your waters.
Jack
 

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Hi Jack
We do own the waters around the free car park on Church Lane, please send me a PM if you require maps or a membership form or you may pick them up from Burford Needlecraft Shop along with day tickets.
Thanks
Wagnmag
 

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Hi Polefisher, if you go over the bridge out of burford and turn left at the roundabout towards Stow-on-the-Wold there is a lay-by area on the right hand side where our fisherman usually park. Hope this helps. Wagnmag
 

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Had reports of grayling being caught on dry fly during the week on the lower stretches of our waters and also a couple of chub on the wet fly and the odd dace, mayfly still hatching, Happy Fluff Chucking and not long to go 'til the 16th June for all our coarse anglers!!
Wagnmag
 

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A good days dry fly fishing today down the car park stretch, had 3 brown trout in a couple of hours - Happy Days!! Wagnmag
 

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Good Morning Anglers, only 5 days to go to the 16th, get your rod licences and membership now so that you can make full use of our waters, see you all on the River Windrush on Monday!! Wagnmag
 

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Hi there everyone, 2 days to go, get your gear sorted and ready for Monday the start of the new season on the rivers, to all have a good day and tight lines. Wagnmag
 

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Well guys (and Girls)only 1 hour 35 minutes to go and then we can start fishing... tackle ready and waiting, hope to see you soon on the Windrush and if you are a member of another club enjoy your waters. Wagnmag
 

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Was fishing by 4.30 this morning on the River Windrush at Burford for 2 1/2 hours had 12 Dace, 3 Roach, 3 Gudgeon, 1 Perch and 1 Chub, well pleased, hope the match fishes well Wednesday night, first one of the summer league which is every Wednesday for the next 7 weeks, hope everyone has had a good day also. Wagnmag
 

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Just finished the match on the river, what a beautiful evening to sit by the river and watch the wildlife around you, couldn't ask for better. Beano came first with 3lb 8oz and Giles second with 2lb 9oz. A good nights fishing!! Wagnmag
 

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This weeks match is on the River Windrush, Wednesday evening draw in Burford Car Park at 5.45pm, fish 6.15pm to 9.15pm hope to see you there. Wagnmag
 

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The Summer league is going very well, only one week left to fish this coming Wednesday evening. At present Keith is in the lead, with Jack in second and Beano in third. Only half an ounce between the top two so its all to fish for this coming week. Tight Lines Wagnmag
 

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Well what a match it turned out to be - Beano came first at the end of the summer competition with Keith second and Jack was third. Looking forward to the matches on the last Sunday of every month on the River Windrush - still plenty of fun to be had. Wagnmag
 

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We took part in the Cotswold Cup on Sunday at Clattercote reservoir near Banbury against 3 other clubs unfortunately we didn't win but it was an enjoyable day and is an annual event at a different location each year. Better luck next time... Wagnmag
 

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Our Match Secretary Jack Swallow got married recently to our Membership Secretary Sandra Freer so Congratulations and Best Wishes to the new Mr and Mrs Swallow [:)]
 

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The highlight of the Honeymoon was this Barbel caught on the River Avon just outside Bidford on Avon

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Burford Angling Club would like to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year
 
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