Summer On The Test And Anton
to believe but we are having a summer, It's about 26-28 degrees most days
and the nights light through until 9.pm (not quite Scandinavia but good
luck over here as I have fishing on both the Test and the Anton, the Test
is the Queen of the Chalkstream in England and the Anton is a Tributary
that flows into the Test just below Fullerton ( next to the Mayfly
Fullerton beat of the Test (pic) is beat 2 , it's about ¾ mile and is just
below the Wherewell estate, the river is at about it's widest part here
and has a good flow on it, the main reason for it's size here is that all
of the tributaries join about here before once agin branching below
Leckford water .
Day (Take one).
last the day started out very bright but as I drove down to the river (45
mins) the clouds where gathering, Im really not sure who was wetter me or
the fish, me I fear.
from about 9.30 until 2.30 no stop, I was convinced that the guy that I
could see on the far bank in his field was building an Ark. The fishing
was hard, no it was next to impossible - I couldn't see the fish- the fly
(dry fly ha ha) Oh did I mention the wind.
come was that I caught a very nice Grayling 1Ib 10oz that put up a real
good fight, He was caught on a Daddy Long legs ( it had to be big to see
it) but I admit by chance rather than luck.
At 2.30 I
made a great decision, STOP FISHING, and I dripped my way to the
all has not been lost this week as I fished the Anton yesterday Beat 2
(pics) and the contrast to above was 110%.
Beat 2 ,
is about ½ mile of shallows, quick runs, deep pools in bends and you share
the water meadows with a herd of sheep (no one around at
day, very bright, started at 9am a little late but I stopped to take the
Photo's of the Test on the way down.
the bottom off my beat I could see that there where some rises but to
what, it looked as if the fish that where feeding where taking just below
the surface (problem we cannot nymph until July 1st), I tried to cover a
few browns with a small CDC and also a Tupps but nothing, moving up stream
I changed to a Grey Klinkhammer- Interest but no takers. Encouraged by
this I changed to a Cream Klinkhammer, bang taken first time a brown about
2Ib. This fly worked almost all day with a total of 5 browns and 4
I end my
fishing about 3pm as I had to head back home, but a great day
Fishing the same River with Sean Mah who many of you will know, we are
fishing beat 4 in July and I hope Sean will tell you how it
then, Tight Lines from the Chalkstreams.
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2006 by Bob Kloskowski