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Itchen and Meon

Saturday, 19 May 2018 at 09:08

CDC Mayfly Just back from two days on the Itchen and Meon. The mayfly was up on the Itchen. Richard and I shared a lovely day at Kanara and its plentiful numbers of trout. I fished with cane and silk throughout and was delighted with both - delighted, too, with the success of this CDC Mayfly pattern, which I tied some years ago after being beaten by a trout on the Wallop Brook. That fish only took natural mays when they were fluttering, so I tied up some Klink-style flies with plenty of CDC. Then again, the Itchen trout took Humpies and Wulffs, too, so these experiments were more pleasing than meaningful.
The Meon, which I'd never visited before, offers rather different fishing and we released around ten smallish wild trout (best 10oz.) during a a few hours' work. Parachute John Storey, Grey Duster - almost any olive-suggesting pattern - seemed to work if cast quietly into channels between the weed. Stealth and delicacy were required. It was bonny fishing.

Kanara on the Itchen

Saturday, 19 May 2018 at 09:02

Kanara Kanara on the Itchen is a lovely beat of the river below Winchester. The lower part of the beat (here) consists of slower glides, with a larger pool where water from the Itchen Navigation flows into the main river. Upstream there's a succession of faster flowing streams and glides. Crowfoot and ranunculus - deep scours in gravel - trout in channel edges under hawthorns.... The reach was in some ways an archetypal chalkstream beat and we were lucky to fish it. Day tickets are available from Fishing Breaks (
Angler: Richard Faulks, to whom much thanks for company and photographic expertise. Richard caught his first chalkstream trout during our day on Kanara, and very handsome fish they were.

Kanara fish

Saturday, 19 May 2018 at 08:59

Itchen trout On the Itchen we shared a dozen fish between us. Many of them were of wonderful quality - some stocked fish, but with a leash of Itchen wildies, too. Here's one good trout of around 2┬Żlb. It took a CDC Hatching Mayfly (size 12-ish). Those patterns seemed promising but if you do fish with CDC dry flies, tie plenty of each pattern because these scraps of duck's arse quickly get bedraggled and waterlogged and you need to change flies fairly often.

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