This famous river, often referred to in his writings by Izaak Walton, is not the river it once was though it is said to be constantly improving.
Pollution, canalisation and increasing boat traffic have certainly transformed it since Walton’s day! The Lee (sometimes, incorrectly, spelt Lea) a favourite river for Londoners, is a coarse fishery. It rises near Luton and then flows south through Hertfordshire to reach the Thames near the Black-wall Tunnel. It is still polluted in its lower reaches though anglers are today catching fish as low down as Tottenham. Access for visitors is not difficult. Apart from free and ticket fisheries, most of the associa- tions which control sections of the river welcome members. Above Hertford, however, there is no ticket fishing. Newcomers to the water should understand that the additional channels that have been made over the years to aid navigation are all considered part of the river. There is the river itself, the Lee Navigation, and the Lee Flood Relief Channel. In some places, these separate channels are only a few yards apart. In the Fishing Guide entries below all centres are fisheries on the river itself, except those listed under separate headings. For further fishing on the Lee, see Stanstead Abbotts, Herts, in Still Water section. Rod Licence: TWA /
Broxbourne, HertsC4j miles known asthe Crown Fishery (extending from Dobb’s Weir Lock down to the Pony Gate at Crown
Hertford, HertsC2 miles from
Hertford Basin to Hertford LockTP
Hoddesdon,HertsC1 mile from
Fields Weirto point just above
Match Catch Record: 5} hrs 17-7- (all bleak) A Scutt open match Dec 1
Barbel: 14-0-0 angler unknown 1
Bream: 10-3-8 Mr Hilditch circa 1
Carp: 11 -0-0 K Woolnough (luncheon meat) Mar 1
LEE FLOOD RELIEFCHANNEL Waltham Abbey, EssexC 1] miles from FishersGreen Bridgeto WalthamAbbeyRB DT: ATS (P. & B. Hall, 44, High Bridge Street. Waltham Abbey) or ARO (A. D. M. Finance,Thames Water, the Grange, Cross Brook Street, Waltham Cross, Herts., EN8 8LX)NB: Blockbookingsforclub parties must be made to RO.
Cheshunt, HertsC15 milesfrom aqueduct lockto river’s junction with Thames at Barking Creek (with one or two small exceptions as sign posted)TP Free fishing
Associations: London AA(also controls fishing on the rivers Stort and Beane, both Lee tributaries).