Across the south of England, flowing toward the English Channel, are numerous minor chalkstreams, lending their names to the towns, villages and landscapes on their banks.
These southern streams produce fantastic flyfishing to rival their more famous counterparts, but without many of the frills and fripperies to distract the focus from their wild brown trout. The carpet slippers appropriate on the Test and Itchen are replaced by waders and wellies as the banks grow wilder.
Trout fishing is available from mid-April to early October: specific dates are set by each estate working within the legal framework and vary depending on the beat.
KIT & CLOTHING
There is no specific clothing required but neutral and natural colours are most suited.
Wading is not allowed so boots or shoes are fine.
Polarised sunglasses and a hat will not only provide protection but make spotting of fish easier.
All Chalkstream fishing can be accomplished using a floating line with a tippet breaking strain of 2-3lbs
See Fly Box
Most beats insist on dry fly until part way through the season
One or more anglers
VISAS & LICENCES
Travelling to the UK from within the EU needs no visa
Travel from outside the EU may require a visa at the port of entry
UK fishing licences can be arranged by Outside Days or purchased on-line.
It is standard practice to tip the fishing guide at the end of the day or trip. Unguided days are less likely to involve the vagaries of tipping, although some rods like to tip the river keeper in acknowledgement of the effort put in to enhancing the fishing experience. The size of tip varies depending on the river (the more famous the river the bigger the tip expected), the number of days fishing, the number and size of fish caught, the amount of coaching and assistance requested of the guide, whether you are the host or the guest, and how much fun you’ve had. Of course tipping and the amount tipped are at your discretion, but there are a couple of different ways to work this out. One school of thought is to tip between 10 and 20% of what you are paying for your fishing. Others calculate it on a flat rate per day (usually somewhere between £10 and £50).
Dry (sizes 14-16): Large Dark Olive, Medium Olive, Gold-Ribbed Hare’s Ear, Greenwell’s Glory, Grannom, Hawthorn
May & June
Dry (sizes 14-16): Greenwell’s Glory, Tups Indispensable, Black Gnat, Adams in all its variations, Houghton Ruby
Mayfly (sizes 8-12): French Partridge, Grey, Green or Yellow Drake, Grey Wulff, Spent Mayfly
Dry (sizes 14-16): Daddy Long Legs, Greenwell’s Glory, CDC, Klinkhammer, Iron Blue, Pale Watery Spinner, Tups Indispensable
Dry (sizes 14-20): Daddy Long Legs, Pale Watery Spinner, Blue-Winged Olive, Lunn’s Particular, Sedges
Dry (sizes 14-20): Daddy Long Legs, Pale Watery Spinner, Blue-Winged Olive, Lunn’s Particular, Sedges, Black Gnat, Orange Quill
Dry (sizes 16-18): Red Tag, Large Dark Olive, Iron Blue, Pale Watery Spinner, Blue-Winged Olive, Lunn’s Particular, Sedges, Double Black Gnat, Red or Black Ant, Black Beetle, Daddy Long Legs
Nymphs when allowed by beat rules
Nymph (sizes 14-18): GRHE, Grey Goose, PTN
Weighted and unweighted