Normandy Chalkstreams

thetrouttickler

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The Risle, Andelle, Durdan, Avre, Orbiquet, Iton, etc.

Made famous by names such as Ernest Hemingway, Charles Ritz and Frank Sawyer.

Does anyone have any experience of fishing them?

I'm thinking of taking the ferry across from the south coast next year. Accommodation suggestions gratefully received too.
 

catzrob

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Would love to hear about this too. With ticket prices if possible.
 

nav

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Iton is well known for grayling nymph fishing : ultra clear waters, sight fishing, plenty of spots around Evreux (even in the center), http://www.latruitedeliton.fr/nos-parcours/parcours-iton/
Risle / Orbiquet : never fished there
Andelle : only one time during may fly (not a good day, no fish rising)
durdan : small fish, low density, stockies, not interesting
Avre : not fished, but great grayling densities around Verneuil apparently

For me Iton is worth discovering for grayling, and wild brownies as well
 

raphael

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Hi!

Some places are much worth a cast in Normandy and you can meet very good trout and grayling in some of the listed rivers. You may encounter large seatrout in good number too.
The only (big) problem is that almost all is privately owned and it is quite difficult to get the relevant info for accessing the banks. You shall enquire locally and the "Federation departementale de peche" may help "as well a sthe local "APPMA" .
The website of the Seine Maritime is well made and useful,:
Here are the other ones for Calvados (not very helpful) and Eure (looks good):

For accommodating, do not worry, you'll find some B&B, hotels, etc... everywhere. Careful anyway, B&B are less common than on your side of the Channel and it might be wise to book in advance.

Tight lines,

R
 

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