Category Archive: Chalkstream Fly Fishing Reports

An autumn day on the River Itchen

Grayling underwater

Our excellent Chalkstreams guide and instructor Mick Siggery reports:

‘On 19th October I was guiding Lol Harris on the River Itchen just outside Winchester.  It was very mild for the time of year.  I had Lol fishing nymphs New Zealand style under a size 14 black Klinkhamer.   Click here to read more

A lifelong ambition achieved on the famous River Test

Chalkstream Brown Trout

Our guide Mick Siggery reports on his guiding day on 27th September:  ‘Husband and wife Ralph & Carolyn Duddles from the USA spent the day with me on the on the beautiful upper River Test near to Andover.  Ralph told me that he had been reading about the English chalkstreams since the age of ten and that it was his lifelong ambition to come over and fish them Click here to read more

Time for Grayling


The autumn is my favourite time of the whole fly fishing year.  Fly hatches are usually peaking; there are often lots of rising fish; and there is a choice every day of fishing dry fly or nymph.  Add to that the changing autumnal colours and given half-decent weather it is an absolute pleasure to be out on the riverbank.  Click here to read more

How to make a good day when the fishing is not so good!

Our excellent guide Colin Alexander reports:

On 19th August I took two clients to my favourite beat of the lower River Test. This is a wading beat that is primarily for syndicate members and one of those, Phillip, was already on the beat. The water looked good for summer levels and as a group we all saw an early rising trout across the river.  All looked good. Click here to read more

River Itchen at 30 degrees!

Chalkstream Brown Trout

Our guide Mick Siggery reports on his day on 15th July – ‘Brothers Jim and Bens dream fishing day was to fish a chalk stream and catch trout on the dry fly.  The weather forecast 30c and no cloud cover !  We were fishing the upper River Itchen, just outside Winchester.  Click here to read more

Hot fishing on the River Test

Two Go Fly Fishing UK guides Colin and Steve

Our guide Colin Alexander reports – ‘As a professional guide I probably check the weather more than most. A heat wave can often prove difficult for trout fishing as we all know and the best times on the water are often early morning and late evening. My client on Monday and Tuesday this week was Mike Carter from Australia and no stranger to hot weather! Click here to read more

River Kennet Mayfly day


Our chalkstream guide Colin Alexander reports on his day on 12th June – ‘With the weedcuts on the Test and Itchen it was a pleasure to return to guide this week on the River Kennet between Newbury and Hungerford. The beats there are unique in that they are restricted per day to a number of anglers rather than allocating one beat per rod or pair of rods. It is always lovely to see how anglers Click here to read more

The Mayfly hatch is in full swing


Our excellent chalkstream guide Steve Skuce reports (on 28th May):  What a contrast between this year and last.  Last year we had rising fish throughout May and the bounty of the Mayfly (Green Drake) hatch appearing on time, as if by clockwork.  The fishing was excellent at the back end of May and into June. Click here to read more

The Mayfly are up!

Due to the very cold spring the start of the Mayfly hatch has been delayed a little but it has now started on the lower River Test in the Romsey area.  Our chalkstreams guide Colin Alexander has been out guiding on the River Test and River Itchen in recent days – just as the Mayfly hatch was starting – and here is his report:  Click here to read more

Early-season lower River Test report

Grannom sedge

Some beats on the River Test do not open to fish until 1st May but I have always thought that this was a pity because there is usually some good sport to be had in mid to late-April when the first main fly hatches take place.  Below is the report from our excellent River Test guide Colin.  It shows that even after a very cold spring April sport can be good. Click here to read more

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