What fish can you catch in the River Test?

The fishing is mainly brown trout with some grayling and occasional rainbow trout; fishermen may keep a brace of fish if they require. We can provide fishing hampers or on the bank catering.

Is the River Test stocked with trout?

Visit the stunning River Test: a world-renowned trout-fishing spot kept pure by its chalk stream. Or, spend the day at Testside and Longstock Park Lakes, the premier stillwater trout fisheries stocked with estate-reared rainbow and brown trout that’s open year-round for fly-fishing.

Why is the River Test famous?

It is the high quality game fisheries that have made the River Test justifiably famous. Its chalk water and abundance of weed are ideal for salmon and trout. Salmon have been caught as far upstream as Long- parish but the main salmon and sea trout fisheries are down stream of Romsey.

Are there salmon in the River Test?

Fly fishing for salmon and sea trout on the river Test. In the last four weeks the fishery has accounted for nearly 20 double figure salmon and several in single digits. The largest this 43″ fish, with a conservative estimate of 27.5 pounds, taken on a fly by Mr Steve Turner.

What flies to use on the River Test?

Flies for the River Test include Olives, Caddis, Terrestrials with a good mayfly hatch. Nymphing is also very successful on the river and a large population on freshwater shrimp means larger specimens are often caught with a shrimp imitation fished close to the bottom.

How many salmon are caught in River Test?

The 2019 May-December run estimate for the River Test is 984 salmon.

Where are chalk streams found?

Chalk streams are some of the planet’s rarest habitats and 85% of them are found in England. Of the 260 true chalk streams on Earth, 224 of them run through the English countryside, as listed in the WWF State of England’s Chalk Streams report of 2014, a reflection of the nation’s geology and its temperate climate.

Can I fish the river Itchen?

Some of the finest clear water trout fishing in the world The River Itchen to Winchester is some six miles in length and is considered to be some of the finest trout fly fishing in the world.

Who owns the River Test?

River Owners. More than 90% of the Test and Itchen is currently owned by members of the Association, ranging from large Estates with many miles of river, to individuals with a couple of hundred yards. The Association currently has over 150 Owner members.

Is the River Test navigable?

The Test is tidal upstream of Redbridge for a mile or two. It stops being tidal just North of where the B+Q is at Nursling. So in that sense it is ‘Navigable’ to that point.

Is the River Test tidal?

The tidal river widens out into a considerable estuary that is lined on its northern bank by the container terminals and quays of the Port of Southampton. The Test estuary then meets that of the River Itchen and the two continue to the sea as Southampton Water.

Where does the test way start?

The Test Way begins high on a dramatic chalk escarpment at Inkpen. This section of the Test Way you can walk or cycle the route. Combe Gibbet is built on top of a Neolithic long barrow known as the Inkpen long barrow. The long barrow is 60 m long and 22 m wide.

What river is Mottisfont on?

Mottisfont Abbey Gardens are set in the delightful Test Valley, where the River Test the famous trout river follows its journey to the sea. Mottisfont Abbey in Hampshire is famous for its Rose Gardens set within a walled garden.

Where does the River Itchen rise?

The source of the Itchen is situated in Cheriton, near Alresford, and flows down to the historic city of Winchester passing through nature reserve Winnall Moors, and Winchester City Mill.

What flies to use on the Ogden River?

  • Beads.
  • Foam Dries.
  • Ice Fishing Flies.
  • Mouse Flies.
  • Poppers.
  • Steelhead Nymphs.
  • Trolling Flies.
  • Tube Flies.

Are there salmon in the river Itchen?

We are always enthralled by salmon in our local river, the Itchen in Hampshire. It’s not just the magnificent size and spectacular colours of these ‘king of fish’ that impress.

Does the River Test flood?

The main flood risk in Romsey is from the River Test. As a chalk river, the Test is influenced by high groundwater levels in the underlying chalk during prolonged heavy rainfall. The majority of the flood risk lies to the west of the town as it follows the main River Test channel and its various tributaries.

What fish are in the river Coquet?

Upper Morwick Fishing on the River Coquet is just under 2 miles of prime salmon, sea trout and brown trout water, situated only a few miles upstream of the tidal water at Warkworth, Northumberland managed and ran by James Armstrong. Fishing can be booked through Chasing Fins.

Where can I walk along the River Test?

The Test Way is a 44-mile long distance walking route that will take you from its dramatic start, high on the chalk downs at Inkpen, to follow much of the course of the River Test to Eling where its tidal waters flow into Southampton Water.

Why are chalk streams so rare?

These streams occur only where chalk bedrock meets the Earth’s surface, making them globally rare. Their stable, cool, nutrient-rich waters allow chalk streams to support an exceptionally high number of species — so much so that these habitats are sometimes described as “England’s rainforests”.

Why are chalk streams so clean?

Since chalk is permeable, water percolates easily through the ground to the water table and chalk streams therefore receive little surface runoff. As a result, the water in the streams contains little organic matter and sediment and is generally very clear.

What wildlife live in chalk streams?

Ecologists also love chalk streams. Rare species abound along these waters, including the southern damselfly, one of Europe’s most endangered insects, otters, kingfishers, the white-clawed crayfish and plants like the river-water crowfoot. As we walk Victoria’s meadow, a heron takes off from the rushes.

Where can I fish for free in Hampshire?

The Itchen is free from below Gaters Mill at the end of the Lower Itchen Fishery at Mansbridge, past the White Swan Pub and through the park on the other side of the A27. But urban / suburban fishing so really only suitable for bait fishing – chub, grayling, a few brownies and sea trout, and a chance of a barbel.

What fish can you catch in the River Itchen?

The River Itchen, together with The Itchen Navigation and some of the larger carriers, are home to a number of fish species particularly brown trout, grayling, pike, eels and minnows.

Where does the River Trent begin and end?

The River Trent is one of the major rivers of England. It is the third longest river in the United Kingdom. It starts in Staffordshire. It flows through the centre of England until it joins the River Ouse to form the River Humber (estuary) which empties into the North Sea.

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