Our latest trip out with a flyrod took us back to the River Itchen at Winchester. A mild and dreary day with rain approaching gave us a sufficiently good opportunity to fish for the Lady of the Stream, and on our arrival at the waterside, we were cheered to see a good hatch of olives, a bonus for this time of year.
Fish were moving well to them in the mild conditions, around 12c today, and a great water clarity, thanks to the recent spell of cold, dry weather.
River level was much lower than on recent visits, and concerns across the South are already being raised over impending drought conditions for next summer’s fishing prospects.
Although fish were moving well through the day at the surface, takes to dry flies were somehow impossible to achieve. All success today came to the nymph, almost entirely to the GRHE. Best approach was with a tungsten headed pattern to get the fly right down. Using a pair of flies confirmed the ability to fish the floor of the river, with the fish hugging the bright Itchen gravel.
Rain intensified at around 3pm, and we knew we had seen the best of the day’s sport.
Grateful thanks to our hosts and guides today, and also to wish our charity friends and clients a Very Merry Christmas, Tightlines and a Prosperous 2017.
Next up with a flyrod, Saturday 11th February, venue tbc. Thereafter, Saturday 4th March at Albury Park GU5 9JA.