Brown trout fishing on the River Test, Hampshire

Gone Fishing

During the long hot lazy days of early summer 2020 the BBC’s’ Gone Fishing’ wonderful duo Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse took a trip down to Wherwell Fishery during the Mayfly hatch. Positioned on the beautiful River Test,  it is known for its amazing clear waters and excellent fly fishing.

River Test

For any avid Brown Trout angler, fly fishing on the River Test is a “must do” at least once in a life time.

The River Test’s source is about a quarter of a mile to the east of Overton at Ashe. It then flows west to Whitchurch before turning south to continue its onward journey.

The river is joined by four main tributaries of the Bourne Rivulet, River Dever, River Anton and River Dun and some lesser streams including the Wallop Brook and Blackwater. It joins up with the River Itchen and then the river spills into the Solent.

The River Test is in easy reach of London and many other main towns in the South of England. Whether you drive, get the train or even cycle it will not take too long to arrive at stunning scenery with top notch fishing.

For those looking for longer stays in the area there are numerous accommodation options suitable for all types of stay, from small B&Bs to full Country House Hotels.

Lucy Handley
October 26, 2020

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