Chalkstream trout fly fishing does not finish with the end of the Mayfly hatches, indeed as the season progresses the fishing can get better and sometimes more challenging. The main weed cut period on the river Test is coming to a close at the end of this week and the rivers in the area although a little lower than in a normal year are looking good.
There will be a few mayfly stragglers over the next couple of weeks on the rivers Test and Anton but we can now look forward to the chalkstream hatches of Blue Winged Olives, Olive Uprights, Medium Olives, Sedges, Caenis and Black Gnats.
There will be lots happening on our chalkstream rivers and streams now until the end of the season it is just a matter of being on the river at the right time of day. If the weather is hot and bright then early and late will be best but if overcast and grey then all through the day can be very good.
The chalkstream weed cutting dates on the rivers in the Avon catchment are a little out of step with those in the river Test area. The main cut starts on the Avon on Wednesday 14th June through to the 28th with the last two days used for clearing down any weed that has become hung up on its downstream path to the collection boom below Salisbury. Weed growth in this area has once again proved to be patchy, areas with some gradient appear good while others areas with a more sedate flow are almost devoid of any weed at all. Where it has started to grow in these areas swans have all but obliterated any new growth. Beautiful birds in singles and pairs but they do a huge amount of damage to the ranunculus weed beds on which the invertebrate life of the river so much depend.
The river Nadder should still have a some mayfly hatches for another week or so and the river keeper at Compton Chamberlayne tells me he will not be cutting any weed at all this period.
This is a great opportunity to fish on some interesting beats to catch the very last of this season’s mayfly hatches.
Compton Chamberlayne , River Nadder
These are 2 rod beats @ £252.00 per rod.
Wed 14th June 2017 Beats 3 & 5
Thu 15th June 2017 Beats 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6
Sun 18th June 2017 Beats 1, 5 & 6
Unlike in the Mayfly period of last 2 weeks of the month and the first week of June when demand always outstrips supply there is now good access on the majority of beats on the river Test, Anton and Dever, right the way through to the end of the season. Availability though is a constantly moving target so it is always best to have a couple of date options in mind before calling us with your requirements.