Itchen gives ‘angling history’ new meaning

Tom Earnhardt, US - June 2015

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. Click here to read more

Wet & Wonderful for Ward in Wiltshire

6lb12oz Brown Trout

Often the best fishing comes in the poorest weather.  Wet and windy weather often gets the fish feeding really well.  On 1st June our lucky gift voucher recipient Andy Ward had such a day.  Here our Wiltshire guide/instructor Steve Skuce reports on the memorable day. Click here to read more

Superb Derbyshire Wye

Wye Rainbow

The Derbyshire Peak District is a very beautiful scenic part of England and the River Wye is one of my very favourite Trout fly fishing rivers.  I have just returned from a family holiday week in Derbyshire (based near to Bakewell) and I had two superb mid-afternoon to mid-evening sessions on the Haddon Estate day permit beats of the river.  The rules here are dry fly only, catch & release and no wading.  Click here to read more

First Salmon of the season from the Usk

Salmon form Usk 16th April 2015

Our excellent chalkstreams guide Steve Skuce reports on a memorable catch: Thursday 16th April dawned with the promise of nice weather, a bit too sunny if anything. However, during the longish drive to Wales it clouded over just a little. We had carried out a final check on river height before we left Wiltshire and it seemed just right. Click here to read more

Early season Trout fishing

Wild Brownie

Our excellent fly fishing guide Colin Alexander reports:  ‘It is always a gamble booking well in advance a trout fishing day in April where we are all at the mercy of the weather.  On the lower part of the River Test, in the region of Romsey,… Click here to read more

Ginger Tom scores again with River Test Grayling

Grayling underwater

On the afternoon of 17th February I fished the upper River Test for Grayling with my fellow Go Fly Fishing UK guides Steve Skuce, Mick Siggery, Stephen Wright and Steve Harrison.  Although I have guided on the River Test about 450 times and fished it for 20 years I am always up for learning about new ‘killer’ flies.  Click here to read more

What you can get out of a Grayling day


Our chalkstreams guide Colin Alexander reports:

‘I have guided Jeremy and his son, Nick, up until now for four separate days and always on the Test in the trout season. Back in the summer I suggested they have a grayling day and maybe try the River Itchen. Jeremy took up the offer and as Nick wasn’t available came on his own this time. Click here to read more

Recent father & son days


Our excellent guide Colin Alexander reports:

‘One minute I am guiding in the heat of an Indian Summer on the River Test, River Kennet and the River Avon and it seems from nowhere I am now grayling fishing on the River Test. Click here to read more

Superb Grayling sport on the chalkstreams


In my opinion the two very best times to be fishing the River Test and the River Itchen are the spring and the autumn.  If I had to pick one single month that provides both top quality sport – dry fly and nymph – and low prices, it would be November – a peak Grayling month.  Usually there are excellent fly hatches and dry fly sport at least until the end of November and often right through to Christmas.  Our chalkstreams guide Mick Siggery has written a short report of a recent session guiding a client on the River Itchen upstream of Winchester. Click here to read more

A Red Letter day on the River Test

Our excellent fly fishing instructor/guide Stephen Wright reports:

Recently I guided a client on the River Test near Andover. The client Ray described himself as a sporadic still water fisher but never having cast a fly on a river.  We arrived at our beat with the river looking spectacular, everything one would expect of this most prized of Chalk Streams.  Click here to read more

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