Our English chalk stream rivers are very special and have a vey special place in the history of our sport of fly fishing.  Here are a few comments from Tom Earnhardt (a personal friend of Lefty Kreh), our recent client from New York State.

‘Colin, I just wanted to follow up with a heartfelt thank for your wonderful guide services on the River Itchen last week. Both stretches of water on the Itchen offered different challenges and opportunities. Both beats produced beautiful brown trout and grayling…exactly what I had hoped for as an introduction to the English chalk streams for my son. Your knowledge of the water, it’s insect life, and the fish was impressive to say the least. I look forward to the pleasure of fishing with you again in  the near future.

I have fished trout streams in many countries, and there is simply nowhere else that one can fish in the shadows of Roman ruins, medieval castles, and cathedrals while watching Green Drakes (your Danica mayfly) rising from crystal waters. With the spirits of Skues and Halford prowling the banks, and Izaak Walton buried nearby, the Itchen gives “angling history” new meaning!

Thanks for providing the knowledge, superb tackle, and companionship to make ours a memorable visit to southern England.  After our last fishing day I got to visit “The Rod Box” in Kings Worthy. What a breath of fresh air! It’s the way a fly shop should be…flies and gear perfectly suited to the area, and a wealth of information in Richard, the proprietor.

With best regards always, Tom’

Tom Earnhardt, US - June 2015

One of Tom’s Brown Trout – June 2015