Top Ten Trout Streams in the United Kingdom

Chalk Streams: The Test: Hampshire, England
By Brian Clarke

This is probably the most famous trout stream in the world, the place where dry flyfishing as a sport was refined and codified by a group of anglers led by Frederic Halford in the 1880s and 1890s. Anglers make pilgrimages from all over the world to fish it, and pressure on the river today is immense. Most of the fishing is for large, stocked browns and rainbows of two to six pounds and more. A typical day rod costs between 80 and 250 pounds. At last light, when the small spinners are up, even these fish can challenge the most skillful. Outside of mid-May to mid-June, when the huge mayfly Ephemera danica is up, most dry flyfishing will be with small upwinged and caddis imitations. Good base: Stockbridge.


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