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    Default The Test at Timsbury

    Took a few friends along today to the River Test at Timsbury - most had not fished the Test before and when I left at lunchtime they all seemed pleased and only two had not caught fish out of eight of them at that stage. One or two, are members here - Hellbound and St Albans but the rest - forum shy. Temperatures soared to 30.0c and the sky remained blue. The water was flowing at a 'normal' pace and a lot of weed was present. Although we had to dodge a couple of worm lobbers it was a pleasant experience. Hadn't been to Timsbury since Icky organised a trip a few years ago. There is still Mrs Drear taking the money! The best fly for me was a witch fly that enabled me to return a few grayling and an out of season brown - making a good morning out. Left the lads at Timsbury as I had a couple of things to do and I now look forward to hearing their stories later. I did manage to meet up with sensible - a fellow forumite from here and enjoyed a good natter with him. Hopefully it's not too long before I am down that way again.

    A view over the Test valley at 7.00 am today...........

    [COLOR="Blue"]"A fish seen is a fish nearly caught"[/COLOR]

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    Smile Re: The Test at Timsbury

    Nice meeting up with you today , small world

    Must admit it was a bit of a struggle today , i ended up with 3 of each .

    Nice day weather wise , but a a nice sunny frost would be nice for next Sunday , when i`m on the Itchen
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    Default Re: The Test at Timsbury

    Went out guided with Jed, trying to burst my grayling cherry before a trip on the Dove the following weekend. Had a super morning and hooked a nice brown trout that had forgotten to go on his holidays. Jed got the ladies to take the fly but they were too quick for this old fart. Stopped at lunch time as the maggots were flying everywhere.

    There is super fishing to be had on the Test at Timsbury but you need to get there early, before the course boys flood the river with maggots.

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    Question Re: The Test at Timsbury

    Anyone fished the Test at Timsbury in the last couple of weeks, anygood, as i`m fishing there on Sat ?

    i guessed there was plenty of water

    Steve
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    Default Re: The Test at Timsbury

    We did the same trip as a group again this year. It was fishing better than 2011. The flow wasy higher and more fish caught.

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    Default Re: The Test at Timsbury

    Visited Timsbury last Friday. Water had a very slight tinge of colour but normal summer level. My brother and I had Beat 6 to ourselves and managed 2 browns and 2 rainbows to around 3lb. Dry craneflies and damsel nymphs did the business. A few fish close in to the bank so not always necessary to cast to the other side.

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    Default Re: The Test at Timsbury

    Damsel nymphs on the Test? Whatever next - blobs on a DI7 I expect.

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    Default Re: The Test at Timsbury

    Nymphs indeed are an acceptable method alongside the upstream dry fly.
    One reason for using the nymph was that there were hundreds of damsel flies hatching and I didn't have a dry pattern.

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    Default Re: The Test at Timsbury

    Those doyens of the upstream nymph on the chalkstreams, Skues, Sawyer and Kite, will be rotating at high speed in their graves at the thought of someone fishing what is in essence, a stillwater lure, on the Test.

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    Default Re: The Test at Timsbury

    Even though they are occurring naturally in the river ?

    It's a bit hypocritical to baulk at a 'Stillwater' pattern when most of the fish in there will be stocked ?
    [I][ Insert philosophical waffle about fly fishing here ][/I]

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