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In 1989, Peter McArthur, a keen trout fisherman, together with several like-minded colleagues, formed a trout syndicate in the grounds of the 1000 acre Cinder Hill Estate on the edge of Ashdown Forest.    Initially, only the first pool below the water splash at Birch Grove, now known as the Top Pool, was fished, following considerable effort to remove all the trees which were felled in the Great Storm of 1987.  Having established a viable fishery, the next pool in the valley, Hurstwood, was added to the portfolio, followed a year or two later by the third in the series of lakes - McArthurs pool, in 1992.   Following the 1987 hurricane, when lots of trees were brought down on the estate, the landowners created 3 smaller pools at Piplye, namely; Grubbero Pool, Piplye Pool and Roundwood Pool. These were initially run as a private syndicate of 30 members, but were incorporated into the Cinder Hill Trouting Syndicate in 2006 to create the variety of waters we have today.

The primary objective behind the formation of the syndicate was to increase the membership of the then Salmon and Trout Association and in particular the East Sussex Branch, by providing its members with low cost fly fishing.

That ethos of affordable fly fishing is still the driving force of the Syndicate.  Although no longer as closely associated with the Salmon & Trout Association (now Salmon & Trout Conservation UK), membership of the Syndicate is open only to members of S&TCUK and/or Angling Trust.  In conjunction with those two organisations, we attend a number of events each year to promote fly fishing, as well as running a number of fly fishing courses.  

Details of our programme for 2018 are available here.

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Updated  January 2018