Some fly fishers consider the River Itchen to be the pinnacle of chalk stream fly fishing presenting the ultimate technical challenge of stalking and casting. Clear water all year round provides hatches of Dark Olives and Iron Blues in season, and supports a head of wild brown trout and large grayling. Much of the River Itchen is a Site of Special Scientific Interest cited for important populations of aquatic Ranunculus vegetation and southern damselfly Coenagrion mercuriale. Our guided days on the River Itchen offer you fly fishing in a natural paradise. Our days on the River Itchen include day tickets (permits) and the use of specialist fly fishing equipment. Sir Edward Grey, a keen fly fisher as well as Foreign Secretary wrote a century ago about the River Itchen: “It was as if one’s own being was soothed and in some way refined by the stillness, the gentleness and the sweetness of it all.”
The River Kennet flows through the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and offers memorable fly fishing for wild brown trout and grayling. Species which are sadly declining elsewhere are abundant here including rare brook lamprey, water vole and reed bunting.
Our guided days on the River Kennet offer you fly fishing in a clean, clear and wild chalk stream that offers an ideal habitat for wildlife. Known for large hatches of Mayfly and Caddis you can expect exciting sight fishing on the River Kennet. In the 18th Century an extensive carrier system was dug alongside the main River Kennet for agricultural use, creating miles of fishable banks. This ecosystem supports a large and diverse insect population and exceptional stalking opportunities in an unspoilt natural setting.
Fly fishing experience days on the River Kennet main river and carriers include day tickets (permits) and the use of specialist fly fishing equipment.