Here’s how Hardy Fishing, one of the oldest fly fishing tackle manufacturers, describes chalkstreams which attract discerning anglers from all over the world to fish in an environment like no other.
‘The Test, Itchen and Hampshire Avon are the world’s most famous fly fishing rivers. Their crystal clear waters flow through the bands of subsurface chalk that run across southern England producing the internationally rare and unique phenomena – the chalkstream. As the rainwater soaks down slowly through the porous chalk geology under gravity, it is filtered and stored in these aquifers. The water eventually emerges from the aquifers as a spring at the source, feeding the river system with very high quality water of a consistent temperature in both summer and winter. The alkaline water that flows in these chalk stream ecosystems is extremely fertile giving rise to an abundance of weed, invertebrates and of course salmon, trout and grayling.’
The Hampshire Avon is designated nationally as a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the fabulous biodiversity it supports. This beautiful stretch of river, made famous by the late Frank Sawyer, is renowned for its fabulous brown trout and grayling fishing. Fly fishing techniques and flies used all around the world now were developed on this historic water. In addition to the wild brown trout stock, the River Avon is stocked with brown trout only, the majority of which are the original Avon browns.
Guided fly fishing is available 11 months of the year, and is suitable for fly fishers who already have some experience on stillwater. Rates are for one angler with a dedicated We Fly Fish Pro to guide and advise on tactics. Complete beginners are recommended to complete our introductory course before fishing on the chalkstreams.
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