As we look forward to the upcoming fishing season, the recent weeks have been a mixed bag of challenges and anticipation. The ever-changing water levels have been a persistent hurdle, often cancelling more days of grayling fishing than previous seasons. But as we wait for the trout season to kick off, there’s a sense of optimism that soon these wet, cold days will be nothing but a distant memory.

estcombe River Test, Chalkstream Fly Fishing, Aardvark McLeod

The fluctuating water levels have indeed been frustrating for many anglers. Countless times, we’ve found ourselves side-lined, unable to cast our lines due to conditions beyond our control. Yet, amidst these setbacks, there’s a silver lining on the horizon. With each passing day, we inch closer to the start of trout season, where hopefully, more stable conditions will prevail.

Of course, amidst the optimism, there’s a sobering reality that lurks in the background. News of negligence from water management authorities, tales of sewage being dumped into our precious chalkstreams, it’s disheartening, to say the least. But we hold onto hope that by the time Mayfly season arrives, these issues will be addressed, and our rivers will flow freely, unpolluted, and pristine.

Despite the setbacks, there’s a palpable sense of excitement building within the angling community. Thoughts of crisp mornings by the river, the anticipation of a tug on the line, and the camaraderie shared among fellow fishermen keep our spirits high.

As we bid farewell to the dreary days of winter, we eagerly await the warmth of spring and the promise of better fishing days ahead. Soon, the sound of rushing water and the sight of eager trout will replace the frustration of cancelled outings, making it all worth the wait.

The silver lining of being washed off the riverbanks at this time of year is the assurance that the aquifers are brimming. It’s a reassuring thought, knowing that there’s an abundance of water waiting to cascade through the valleys and replenish our beloved streams. For trout enthusiasts, this bodes particularly well. With ample water throughout the season, there’ll be no more tales of dwindling river levels dampening our spirits. The trout season promises to be nothing short of spectacular.

Testcombe River Test, Chalkstream Fly Fishing, Aardvark McLeod

Imagine it: late summer evenings spent by the riverbank, a chilled glass of wine or a cold beer in hand. It’s these simple pleasures that make the anticipation of the fishing season all the more worthwhile.

For more information about fly fishing this coming season or to grab a last minute grayling day, please contact Justin Hancock or call our office on +44(0)1980 847389.