The Rye Dyke

This is JAA's page for The Rye Dyke, which was one of several formative waters when I started out with a rod in hand.

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1976 to 1979 1976. The Rye Dyke in High Wycombe...is an artificial lake created in 1923 by the Marquis of Lincoln, with open playing fields on the south side ("The Rye") and on the north bank, mature beech trees. It runs roughly west to east and is about a mile long, with the west half being broader, some 50 yard across and shallower, being about three feet deep in the margins and about seven to eight feet deep in the middle. It's a bit deeper than you think, like most waters where you can see the bottom. There was very heavy weed growth in this half and this in part was what drove the 'no lines under 6lb b/s' rule in the late 1970's and early 1980's.

The eastern half is narrower, down to 15 yards in places, with beech trees overhanging and with the bottom sharply shelving as you move away from the bank, with depths of 15 feet in places. At the end there is a waterfall (some 10' or so) into a small stream that continues onward to the Thames via Bourne End. The Rye Dyke is fed at the west end by a clear stream from the Wycombe Abbey School grounds. The stream enters the lake in 'the Boating Pool' which was 'fishing verboten'. Fishing was only allowed from the south bank in any event.

The Rye Dyke Boating Pool The Rye Dyke Boating Pool. 'The tree' is the one on the far right...

I fished here from about the winter of 1977 until around 1980 or so. The lake contained a lot of pike, many jack, a good head of carp, at a time when carp were not common, with 20lb fish and plenty of good perch, roach, tench and a good school of chub, which were often seen but almost never caught. On balance it was a hard water to fish with the clarity of the water and thick weed working against you most of the time.