The Forty Foot Drain is considerably smaller compare to it’s bigger brothers, like the Middle Level and the Sixteen Foot. It starts at Welches Dam sluice just outside Chatteris and runs to Wells Bridge just outside Ramsey, where it joins the Old River Nene.
It contains a good head of zander especially at the Ramsey Forty Foot end and some very nice pike throughout.
There is also a good head of bream, tench and roach.
Most of it runs down the side of a busy road and can prove hazardous to get to. If you intend to give this a go, I would recommend you stick to the road bridges where you can park your car safely or the Ramsey Forty Foot end, where there is adequate parking.
Baits And Methods
Bream And Tench
Cage feeder tactics with a sweet ground bait mix laced with hemp and maggots are lethal here. I have had some cracking days in the summer especially when the tench are on the feed. Waggler tactics also do very well.
Pike And Zander
Sliding ledger tactics with dead course or sea baits do well. I have done very well, under the bridges, near supports or in the middle channel.
Chatteris working men’s club look after the Forty Foot Drain between Chatteris and Ramsey. Day tickets can be bought on the bank.
The Ramsey Forty Foot end is run by Ramsey Angling Club. I cannot find a website, but tickets can be bought on the bank.