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Chalk stream Fishing

River Itchen

For some the River Itchen is the ultimate chalk stream. Much shorter than its counterpart the River Test (17 miles vs. 39 miles), the Itchen is formed by the Alre, Tichborne and Candover Brook, which come together just below Alresford.

For seven lovely miles it flows westerly through the now mostly defunct water meadow pastures until it reaches the ancient capital of England, Winchester. Heading south it flows almost beneath the shadow from the tower of the Cathedral, alongside the playing fields of Winchester College and on into open country again.

Eventually, fourteen miles into its journey the river reaches the conurbation of Southampton, turning brackish at the Woodmill salmon pool before spilling into the ocean.

ABBOTS WORTHY


 

This is a particularly poignant beat to welcome into the Fishing Breaks fold as it was previously owned by Dermot Wilson who once lived here at Nether Wallop Mill.

As of 2020 Abbots Worthy will be part of the Upper Itchen Wild Trout conservation area so there will be no stocking in the future. This means that, bar a few stockies seeing out their days, this is now an all wild, catch and release beat.

The fishing comprises of mostly main river, plus a short section of mill stream. You don’t need to wade but there are two sections where you may if you wish. Fishing is mostly from the righthand bank as you look upstream and there is a well-equipped hut with parking close by.

The beat is available for two or three Rods.

Difficulty Tranquilty Bank fishing Check
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No. RODS 2-3

 

COMPARE

dogs
No Dogs

Cabin rating
3 star

Rail Station2.6m

Acommodation 2m

Pub0.4m

“Pretty, picturesque beat.”  “Beautiful setting. Varied and clear water.” “I have been spoiled.”

Aternatives to consider Ratings explained

April 3 – 30, July 14 – August 31, October 1 – 10

£113 per rod

May 1 – 14, June 9 – July 13, September 1 – 30

£145 per rod

May 15 – June 8

£177 per rod

October 11-November 30 (grayling)

£69 per rod

Minimum booking 2 Rods

 

AVINGTON


 

The River Itchen carrier at Avington is the perfect example of a small, gin-clear chalkstream where sight fishing is very much the order of the day. The fast-flowing stream has a good head of small, wild browns and grayling.

This is all bank fishing where it is best to use a rod of around 8ft in the 3 weight range with dry fly or nymph, the latter allowed all season provided they are traditional chalkstream patterns. This is suitable for one rod or two friends.

The facilities are second to none with a comprehensive tackle shop, run by the ever-helpful fishery manager Aaron, with tackle for hire. The carriers are part of the famous Avington Lakes Fishery, home to many British trout records.

NEW You may now buy tickets on the lakes which may be combined with your river ticket if you wish, including for the recently introduced Catch & Release lake.

Difficulty Tranquilty Bank fishing Check
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No. RODS
1-6

 

COMPARE

dogs

Tackle shop
& facilities

Rail Station6m

Acommodation 4m

Pub1.2m

“Proverbial gin clear water.”   “Beautiful setting, well kept river and lakes. Plenty of fish.”    “Great day. ”

Aternatives to consider Ratings explained

River ticket : April 3 - September 30                       

£75 per rod

River plus catch & release lake ticket

£115 per rod

Catch & release lake ticket : all year

£75 per rod

4 fish lake ticket : all year

£130 per rod

2 fish lake ticket: all year (8am-1pm)

£100 per rod

Grayling river ticket : October 1 - February 28

£45 per rod

Tackle Hire Pay on the day

Full outfit

£20 per day

Closing times: please note fishing times are 8am-4pm in the winter and 8am-5pm in the summer.

 

BREACH FARM NEW FOR 2021


 

Breach Farm is a wide, gliding, open section of the River Itchen south of Winchester.

Flowing through cattle-grazed water meadows this is a sweeping stretch of river with few obstructions for casting. There is a good Mayfly hatch, especially during May and good insect life with a mixture of olives, small mayflies and sedges during the season. Both banks are available to fish.

There is a 200 yard walk from the car park to the fishing shelter beside the river. This beat can accommodate 2-3 Rods.

 

Difficulty Tranquilty Bank fishing Check
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No. RODS
2-3

 

COMPARE

dogs
No dogs

Cabin rating
1star

Rail Station2m

Acommodation 2m

Pub0.5m

NEW FOR 2021

Aternatives to consider Ratings explained

April 16- May 8

£125 per Rod

May 9-June 5

£175 per Rod

June 6-September 30

£125 per Rod

Minimum 2 rods

KANARA Fishing Breaks Exclusive 


 

Kanara has one of the longest histories of any day rod fishery, dating way back to the late 1960’s when the late ‘Scrappy’ Hay of the Rod Box almost invented the concept of day tickets at a time when most of the best water was impossible to access.

This is a true wading beat. Yes, there are a few sections to fish from the bank but once you are in with your chest waders you will not want to get out. There are deep slow sections, fast riffle, plenty of overhangs and undercuts, plus weirs and a huge hatch pool.

The fish are both wild and stocked, with both salmon and sea trout often seen. This is a beat for one or two Rods.


Difficulty Tranquilty Bank fishing with wading option Check
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No. RODS
1-2

FISHERY
FACT SHEET

COMPARE

dogs
No Dogs

Cabin rating
1 star

Rail Station3m

Acommodation 3m

Pub0.8m

“Will definitely book again.” “Lovely streamy clear water. Looked like a chalkstream should.” “Great variety of water."

Aternatives to consider Ratings explained

April 16 – May 8

£177 per rod

May 9 – June 5

£239 per rod

June 6 – September 30

£161 per rod

October 1 - December 31 (grayling)

£89 per rod


Season Rod

One day a week

£2035

Two days a month

£1465

Fishing one named day every week or fortnight of the season (April 16 – September 30). This is a two Rod beat.

For further details, please complete our enquiry form or e-mail info@fishingbreaks.co.uk

 

QING YA XI LODGE 


 

Formerly known as Kingfisher Lodge, Qing Ya Xi, which roughly translates as 'tranquil water' from the original Mandarin, is a truly delightful fishery.

This is really three beats within a single beat: the leat, the navigation and the main river proper. The fast, tumbling leat has a host of wild fish, the slower flowing navigation the big, fussy fish and the main River Itchen ideal for sight fishing.

With great variety, a lovely fishing room and plenty of scope to wander this is ideal for a single Rod or parties of two or three.




Difficulty Tranquilty Bank fishing with wading option Check
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No. RODS
1-3

FISHERY
FACT SHEET

COMPARE

dogs Cabin rating
3 stars

Rail Station3m

Acommodation 3m

Pub0.8m

“Good clear water. Well kept bank. Friendly owner and keeper. Good hut. Perfect day really.” “One of the best beats we have fished.”

Aternatives to consider Ratings explained

April 16 – May 8

£192 per rod

May 9 – June 5

£261 per rod

June 6 – September 30

£165 per rod

October 1 - December 31 (grayling)

£107 per rod

Minimum booking 2 rods May 9 - June 5.

 

SHAWFORD PARK Fishing Breaks Exclusive

 

 

Shawford Park is a hidden gem in the grounds of the magnificent Shawford Park House that dates back to the fifteenth century.

The private estate employs full time river keeper Pete Glyn-Jones who has looked after the fishing for a decade with great care. There are two beats, both of which you will fish, one on the main river and the other a fast carrier. In total they provide close to a mile of water in wonderful surroundings.

There is the option to wade the carrier of you wish, but you’ll have no problem if you want to stay on the bank. The fishing is available for single rods or parties of up to four. There is a simple fishing hut and easy parking.


Difficulty Tranquilty Bank fishing with wading option Check
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No. RODS
1-4

 

COMPARE

dogs
No Dogs

Cabin rating
3 stars

Rail Station 1/4m

Acommodation 1m

Pub1/8m

“Beautiful location.”   “I would go there again.”

Aternatives to consider Ratings explained

April 16 – May 8

£195 per rod

May 9 – June 5

£325 per rod

June 6 – July 31

£225 per rod

August 1 – October 2

£175 per rod

 

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