Sunday, 8 March 2015

River Itchen   []
I couldn’t start this website without a look at what some people regard as one of the finest fly fishing rivers in the country , the Itchen.  The River Itchen is only 28 miles long starting its life just to the south of the village of Cheriton flowing northwards through Cheriton and Tichbourne then joining with its tributary the River Aire and the Candover Brook just below New Alresford the river wanders westwards and through the upper Itchen valley passing idyllically named villages of Avington, Itchen stoke, Itchen abbas, martyr worthy, Easton, and abbots worthy it then enters Winchester the river splits into several channels in the city, It  then flows through water meadows and through the Itchen valley country park before joining the river in Southampton.
The river is designated as a site of special scientific interest [sssi] along most of its length and is a well noted as one of the worlds premier chalk streams and has seven species of ecological interest including crayfish, otter, salmon, bullhead and brook lamprey.Its water quality is crucial and helps to support the plants and invertebrates and in turn the large range of species that the river supports.      
River Itchen    River Itchen
The Fishing.
Test valley angling club ,southampton piscatorial society have a short length of the Itchen near the m27 motorway behind the white swan pub on the A27 the river contains chub carp roach grayling dace pike perch eels gudgeon and flounders. the club offer membership at a yearly cost.     check them out here..
At Twyford East lodge fishing offer fishing to corporate events to fish the river and stay in the Lodge ,treat yourself to some dry fly fishing for the trout and salmon
Avington trout fishery offer fishing and corporate events at their stretch of the river at Avington    
Upstream Dry fly, offer fishing on the upper river also do corporate events and will like most of the other private owners of the waters offer tuition and accommodation
If you fish or have fished this delightful little river please share your experiences with us also let us know of clubs on the river and your memorable days. contact

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