How To Fly Fish A Chalkstream At Mayfly Time

The Sportfish team have been out and about this year filming short videos designed to help fly anglers approach various situations and provide some help and guidance to get the very best out of your days fishing. Their latest film covers their tips for fly fishing a chalkstream when the mayfly are out. ... Full story

Robjent's Chalkstream Diaries - Spring has Sprung...

After what felt like an eternal winter of snow storms, rain and generally miserable conditions the trout season kicked off this month with the coldest Easter weekend since modern records began. Thankfully the weather has finally warmed up, a bit at least. ... Full story

Robjent's Chalkstream Diaries - An Early Season Look

Well it seems odd to be considering the trout season, snow is floating through the air outside and ice formation are commonplace, but the season is just about underway. A recent act of madness saw me stood on the banks of a small Stillwater trying to retrieve my line quicker than it would freeze in the rod rings! ... Full story

Robjent's Chalkstream Diaries - The Grayling Season

As March progresses the curtains begin to descend on the grayling season. This 2012/13 season has been marked by a continuing of the wet weather and sometimes snowy conditions. Also for fly fisherman looking to target the southern rivers it has been an unusual time when finding a river running at a reasonable level has been a hard task. ... Full story

'Chalkstream Charter' to follow Hampshire Summit

Over 100 of the top figures in English fly-fishing packed into a special summit called to discuss the plight of our chalkstreams in Stockbridge this week. Of these unique rivers, 85% are situated in England and most of these are in the South such as the Test, Itchen and Avon in Hampshire - rivers that were once considered to offer the finest trout fishing in the world. ... Full story

The Chalkstream Diaries - Do The Fish Really Outsmart Us?

November, a month known for shorter days, the onset of winter, and the growing of facial hair for charity! November 2012 on the other hand will be remembered as an incredibly wet month, a time when we even saw our southern Chalkstreams unfishable on occasions! ... Full story

Robjent's Chalkstream Diaries - Autumn Colour

Autumn is perhaps the time when nature is at its most spectacular; we see a plethora of colours fill the countryside, the last warmth before we are plunged into the depths of winter. It is as the leaves burn orange and red before falling from the trees that nature’s curtain is pulled back to reveal a busy world of bankside wildlife. ... Full story

Robjent's Chalkstream Diaries - Season Round Up

The curtains have now been drawn on a unique and bizarre trout season on the chalkstream and indeed the nation as a whole. Fishing has always been about searching into the unknown and testing your own ability against nature, this year has epitomised that. Alex Jardine looks back at what was a strange and testing trout season. ... Full story

Robjent's Chalkstream Diary - Sawyer Nymphing

August finally treated us with some form of settled weather, we had the odd heavy shower but on the whole the month was good. The rivers looked spectacular, they were running full, most areas had lush weed growth and they were crystal clear. These conditions paint the perfect picture of a chalkstream, minus the mayfly I suppose, even though the odd bewildered one is still seen fluttering on the River Avon at that time of year. A perfect picture it may be, but the fish were reluctant to give themselves up in these conditions, my last article covered five tips for Summer Success and they have been vital this year for my own outings. ... Full story

Robjent's Chalkstream Diaries - Summer Success

Again another month gone and still no form of settled weather to speak of. Just when you think you know what is happening with the conditions it goes and does something completely different! This changeable weather has made for a unique and challenging first half of the season, suffering low water and now bordering too much of the stuff. ... Full story

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