Welcome to the Leatherhead & District Angling Society

Leatherhead & District Angling Society was founded in 1947 and offers fantastic fishing along three miles of the River Mole, and three excellent still water fisheries. Associations with Willinghurst Fisheries near Guildford and Morehouse Farm, make the membership fee real value for money.

LDAS can offer something for everyone who has an interest in fishing, from Match Angler to Junior, and from Pleasure angler to Specimen Hunter. We have a full season of match fixtures, a variety of activities for the Juniors, and courses and competitions for the whole family.

The River Mole has been described as the best kept secret in Southern England and is a positive aquarium of species. It really can be a superb winter fishery when many of the other rivers and still waters in the area have slowed down. Our stretches contain good quantities of Chub, Roach, Dace, Pike and Perch, with Bream, Barbel and Carp also showing.

Our ponds at Ashtead and Bookham are popular with pleasure anglers enjoying good catches of Carp, Tench, Crucians, Perch, Rudd and Roach.

LDAS is always happy to welcome new members so please browse through the website to find out a lot more about the club and its waters.  You can also buy  Gift Vouchers for friends and family, for full membership or for any amount towards a membership.

Please note we DO NOT issue Day Tickets on any of our waters. Please call the Membership Secretary if you want to come and fish for a day before joining.

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  1. DaveB

    Hi Susie, At Long Copse, Bookham, we have access via Eastwick Drive to a pathway leading to several wooden platforms. If you need wheelchair access then this is also available from the Spring Grove side of the ponds.
    Ashtead Park has a large wooden disabled platform, but is approx. 500 mtrs from the car park. Please let me know if you need any further information.

  2. Matthew Jefferys

    Don’t forget, this coming Monday (Bank Holiday) is the first Ashtead Park fish-in, meet at the lower car park (Epsom end) at 8.30ish. Hopefully we’ll have enough anglers to surround the Wildlife Pond!

  3. Trevor Cartmel

    Rivers Run by Kevin Parr

    I’ve been reading a lovely little book tracing the author Kevin Parr’s life through fishing rivers across the UK. Many of which I too have fished and have fond memories.

    Chapter 4 entitled ‘Finging your feet: the Mole’ tells of fishing the LDAS stretch of the Mole at Mickleham, in addition to much more about this wonderful little river. I was particularly drawn to this chapter as a LDAS member, through the years and fishing this stretch in particular.

    A great read and worthy of recommendation.

    Trevor Cartmel

  4. Trevor Cartmel

    It’s a pleasure. I’m afraid I’m a ‘sucker’ for books about fishing, regardless of the focus; coarse, sea or fly! ‘Rivers Run’ was a gift, so it presented as a great surprise, as I started to read. My first fishing book, also a gift, was ‘Mr. Crabtree goes Fishing’ and like many a budding angler was well and truly ‘hooked’! I’m sure those sentiments would be shared by many. Crabtree grabbed the imagination of many a boy, It also stimulated and interest in collecting books about fishing.


    Trevor Cartmel

  5. Matthew Jefferys

    Don’t forget that this Friday sees the first of this seasons’ speed fishing evening matches down at Long Copse. The draw will be at 6pm (walk off) and we’ll fish from 6.30 until 8.30. No need to book, just be at the ponds for 6 and get ready to fill your net!

    Weather looks like being good too!

  6. John banham

    I have messaged a couple of pics to the Facebook page and sent a friend request..The fish were caught in the bottom lake at spring grove…Doug asked me to send them in. Regards John

  7. Brian cathcart

    How is the fishing on the mole these days? I’ve been tending to fly fish for the last few years but travelling is a bit much. Fancied some local coarse river fishing and I live in banstead which is 20 minutes away. Many thanks

  8. DaveB

    Hi Brian, Good to hear from you, Fishing on the Mole should be good now have had some rain, Good head of chub and occasional barbel. Long Copse ponds also fishing well. You can download a membership form from the website.. There is no joining fee if you jon=in before 28th August

  9. Matthew Jefferys

    Last minute speed fishing this Friday, 25th. The Woking Fire Brigade match has been cancelled, so we can reinstate the planned speed fishing evening match. This will be the last one for 2017 and , as most of you know, I’m moving out of the area, so it could be the last one for some time!
    Hope to see as many people as possible, it may become a slightly less than 2 hour match, depending on the weather!

    Tight lines,


  10. David Palmer

    Sunday 4pm. You have two people illegally fishing at Norbury Park with lures. Diving a builders van reg no. ya57 bgf.

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