Itchen(or) for Bass on the Fly

April 27, 2008

I recently had the pleasure of fishing with fellow Orvis Endorsed Guide Justin Anwyl for his species of choice, sea bass. Justin spends more than 300 days a year taking clients out after bass, and on his days off is frequently found flicking fluff for them himself.Its hard to resist such passion, even when it means hauling yourself out of a warm bed hours before dawn is considering breaking, and making for the coast.
Based at Itchenor in Chichester Harbour, Justin fishes the flooding tide: the incoming water brings sea bass’s favourite snack, juvenile fish. Tying Deceivers and Clousers on the end of 7 weight line, I loaded my 10ft Zero Gravity ready for the off. And once again, I proved a jinx. Justin and I each caught foot long school bass, but the big girls eluded us. Between bass and muntjac, I have decided I must have offended the gods. Trying to placate my wounded ego, Justin reckons saltwater fishing in the UK is very tough and variable. At this time of year, he’d expect to catch the larger fish, while the summer tides are great for school bass in numbers.
To make the best of the saltwater fly-fishing opportunities, your casting needs to be up to scratch. If that’s you, feel free to get in touch. If your double hauling needs a bit of a polish, Justin’s shore-based academy is among the best places to learn. The partridge season is well underway (we’re shooting around the odd combine), despite nature’s attempts to throw us off course with bright sunshine and absolutely still days following in the footsteps of howling gales and torrential rain. Now all we need is a bit of autumnal fog and we will have the complete collection. Get in touch for last minute gaps in lines, a mad dash north for grouse, or for the few remaining bargains.