Auction Catalogue - Fishing (England South East)
One day for 2 rods on 28 May 2020, a Mayfly day on the Main beat of the River Test at Mottisfont, which produces some spectacular Mayfly hatches when the conditions are right. The historic, thatched round hut, about half way up the beat, will be your base for the day – upstream and downstream a plethora of fishing opportunities awaits your exploration. From some of the widest stretches of the Middle Test to areas of classic chalkstream gravels and deep holding pools, this truly majestic beat provides an exciting abundance of fishing in search of brown trout alongside some cracking grayling.
One day for 2 rods on a highly exclusive beat of the Upper Test between Wherwell and Newton Stacey. This private ½ mile beat has not previously been available at any price and is only fished by the owners and their guests. Some trout are stocked and the beat holds a significant head of wild trout and grayling. The water is varied with fast, shallow gravel sections and deeper pools. The day includes the services of Bill Latham, founder member of the WTT, ex-England International and professional guide on chalkstreams for more than 18 years. A picnic lunch is also provided along with Sage premium equipment if required. The upper section of this beat was extensively restored during the winter of 2016/17 improving the wild trout habitat with pool and riffle sequences. One bank in this section was also designed to give safe wheelchair access. Date by arrangement after the first weedcut (mid June), 2020.
One day for up to 4 rods fishing the Westfair beat on the River Anton. This is one of the famous tributaries of the River Test. It is a typical upper chalkstream stretch where the river meanders through peaceful, untouched water meadows with excellent fly life and weed growth to enhance the fishing. The Westfair beat is exclusive to Aardvark McLeod, with its own well-equipped fishing hut and marquee tucked away in a small copse. The fishing can be easy or difficult, made challenging by varied fly life, through different types of water from deep holes to shallow glides over its 1 mile length. The fishing is dry-fly, but upstream nymphing is allowed when needed.
One day for 2 rods on four beats of a private fishery on the River Itchen during the 2020 season, from 1 July onwards. This will be a special day of chalkstream trout (and grayling) fishing on one of England’s premier rivers, very rarely publicly available. The rods will be the guests of the Bishopstoke Fishing Club and accompanied by the WTT’s Director, as victualler.
One night’s fly fishing for 3 rods on the famous Testwood Pool and beat of the lower River Test for sea trout. This beat is part of a private members’ salmon & sea trout club. Exclusively single-handed rod and sea trout patterns with single hooks such as snake fly (no treble hooks) and all catch & release. A very productive fishery with a 5-year average of circa 500 sea trout over the 4 month period. Sea trout average 4lb+, the largest in 2018 was 14lb. Optional extras: guide, B&B on-site (3 bedrooms in the lodge overlooking the Pool and a catered full English breakfast in the parlour of the Mill House), additional salmon fishing during the day. To be taken between June and September 2020. Bookings must be made at least two weeks in advance of fishing and dates are subject to availability.
One day’s fishing for 3 rods on 1½ miles of the Lambourn at Weston, guided by experienced instructor and Lambourn guide, Mark Shickle. Clear-water stalking brown trout and some monster grayling. Beautiful water meadows and interesting, challenging fishing. To be taken in 2020 season by arrangement on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.
A day for 2 rods sharing a beat on the Upper Test, Wherwell Estate, after 23 June 2020. Classic Upper Test fishing on main river and carriers. No wading.
One day for 2 rods fishing for trout on the River Anton near Andover, Hampshire, guided by Bill Latham. The Anton is a delightful chalkstream tributary of the River Test, beautifully keepered and with easy access for bank fishing. Bill is a professional chalkstream guide and has been fishing these rivers since he was a boy. A perfect combination of iconic chalkstream and expert guide. Date by arrangement after the June weedcut, 2020 season.
One day for 2 rods fishing the River Lambourn at Hunts Green near Newbury, guided by author, artist and renowned fisherman, Charles Jardine on a Wednesday in 2020 (check WTT website for date). Two miles of private, lightly fished river. The Lambourn is a small but perfect chalkstream, crystal-clear with plenty of Ranunculus supporting good fly life and immaculately keepered. All wild trout and grayling, some very large! This river fishes very well early in the season. Upstream dry-fly and unweighted nymph only. Charles will cook lunch on the riverbank, tie some flies and give the winning bidders a sketch to remind them of their day.
One day for 2 rods on a private beat of the Upper Itchen at Chilland, guided by Nick Measham who has fished this beat for many years. This exclusive beat offers pristine chalkstream fishing for wild brown trout and grayling. Double-bank, around ? of a mile. It has changed little since it was fished by Viscount Grey of Falloden over 100 years ago (the ruins of his fishing cottage are nearby). Fly hatches are prolific and wild trout average well over 1lb (2lb+ not uncommon). By arrangement, 2020 season excluding May and June.