I spent a day on the beautiful River Itchen recently as part of a trip to London. My guide Mick Siggery and I had a "beat" all to ourselves on what was the worst weather day of a week long trip. Wind at 30-40 MPH, periods of rain and overcast conditions not worth venturing into. Since all beats on the chalk streams are private, requiring advance payment and arrangements, I had little choice but to take the train ride from London to Winchester and hope for the best.
|A brief moment of sun!|
"Those of us who will not in any circumstances cast except over rising fish are sometimes called ultra purists and those who occasionally will try to tempt a fish in position but not actually rising are termed purists... and I would urge every dry fly fisher to follow the example of these purists and ultra purists." Frederic M. Halford
We don't realize how great we have it as fly fishers in the US. There is simply no open rivers and streams to speak of in the UK; every outing requires a reservation and a fee to fish a certain "beat."
For those who have fished the Montana spring creeks, the English chalks are similar; gin-clear, lots of vegetation and the fish are visible and spooky. Here's a look:
DRAG FREE everyone...local reports on CT opening day coming shortly!