These are my recollections of my initial introduction to fly fishing in Hampshire on the River Examination yet let me very first clarify … … I captured my first brownish trout in a stream at the rear of our house called Crimple Beck in Burn Bridge Nr Harrogate in North Yorkshire with a red worm at the age of 4 on a one item strong fibreglass pole that had come from my father.
When I was 7 I caught my initial brownish trout whilst fly angling on the River Coquet at Felton in Northumberland where my grandparents lived and also where I invested all my college vacations. I fly fished practically each day in the easter and summer season school holidays on this river but additionally on the River Nidd in North Yorkshire.
As a teenager my grandparents sent me Trout as well as Salmon magazine every month which I review from the front to back cover paying certain focus to any type of short articles about chalk stream fly angling.
It was a dream and a passion of mine to, eventually, go fly fishing for brownish trout on a chalk stream and also at the age of forty 9 that desire came to life thanks to the generosity of my other half Anne and sons John as well as Adam.
Through Orvis, that are an angling devices store, they arranged for me to have a day’s fly fishing in Hampshire on the globe renowned River Examine on the Timsbury 5 stretch. As if the gift can not obtain any kind of better-the date they had actually chosen was during the Mayfly season!
We arrived at the fly fishing beat, to which we had special usage, auto parking the automobile near the angling lodge which was furnished with table, chairs, cooker, tea, coffee, milk, sugar, white wine, mineral water, cheese as well as fruit-luxury fly angling in Hampshire! The stretch was about a 3rd of a mile of the major River Check with about four hundred yards of a tributary which nearly ran parallel to the primary river. The bankside had been mown-yes mown. The water was clear in spite of it having actually drizzled with this stretch being mainly slow streaming. The skies was overcast with small hatches of Mayfly and also a few brown trout climbing throughout the day. The weeds which I recognize they cut each month were clearly noticeable and it was thrilling to view some specimen brown trout swimming in this lovely stretch.
I also invested a long time fly angling on the faster running tributary as well as captured two brown trout which, having actually installed an excellent battle, I went back to the water. My wife as well as kid John also did some fly angling utilizing my tackle and also Anne caught a grayling.
I mainly fished using a dry fly but occassionaly used fairies.
In the early evening the clouds broke and also the sun appeared resulting in additional hatches of Mayfly on this splendid stretch of the River Test which gave idealic fly fishing in Hampshire.
The day was most memorable for us all- I have never ever experienced fly fishing like it!
Hesitantly we had to leave however we will certainly be back fly fishing once again in Hampshire-perhaps following time we will certainly try the River Itchen.