My book Life of a Chalkstream
is now out in paperback.
NEWS FOR AUGUST
Escape the heat of the summer. Click here to sort my 14 wading beats.
Grab the chance to get on the river at the last minute. Use this link to check dates and you could be fishing today!
FISHING BY TRAIN
Step from the train and on to the river. Dunbridge (Dun) and Shawford Park (Itchen) are just a few yards, plus 5 others under a mile.
ONE FLY FESTIVAL
The One Fly Festival is a celebration of everything that is great about fly fishing with two days that mark the opening of a new season on the chalkstreams in late April. Do join us for the Fly Fishing Film Tour, the Iron Man Fly Tying Challenge and the River Test One Fly.
Lee Cooper – 2016 Champion
IRON MAN FLY TYING CHALLENGE – date tba
In association with Orvis this competition challenges all-comers to create the perfect fly within 15 minutes, but with a twist. The contestants are given no prior knowledge of the fly-tying materials. At the sound of the bell each is given an identical bag of fur, feathers, dubbing, flashy materials and hooks. What and how they tie is up to them, the outcome only limited by their skill, imagination and the ticking down of the clock. Just to spice up the challenge even more, a mystery material is given to each contestant half way through the first round. This must be included somewhere in the finished fly! When time is up luminaries from the fly tying industry will judge the flies, eliminating all but three of the contestants who go forward to compete in a winner-takes-all tie-off the same evening.
Come along and enjoy the spectacle - entry is free. Orvis Store, High Street, Stockbridge, Hampshire, S020 6HB from 6-7pm. To enter or for more details email Simon Cooper.
FLY FISHING FILM TOUR – date tba
The Fly Fishing Film Tour will be back for another year. The six short films are some of the most heart-pounding fly fishing films you will ever see, filmed at amazing locations around the globe. If this doesn’t make you want to fish, nothing will!
Tickets and date tba. Venue: The Hatch Room, Grosvenor Hotel, High Street, Stockbridge, SO20 6EU. To see clips and learn more visit www.flyfilmtour.com
Allan Shephard with his 2016 winning fly
RIVER TEST ONE FLY – date tba
The River Test One Fly is hosted by kind invitation of Lucy Townsend and all the team at The Greyhound on the Test in Stockbridge. The One Fly is open to all-comers as teams of three or individuals. The fishing day runs from 10am-4pm, with a welcome breakfast and beat draw taking place at The Greyhound at 8.15am with the prizes handed out over tea at 5.30pm. All fish are released and all competitors are accompanied by a Fishing Guide who acts as guide, scorer and confidante.
for the entry form.
The idea for the River Test One Fly was conceived by Fishing Breaks founder Simon Cooper having competed in the American equivalent since 2005. Though he has never come close to winning, every year Simon makes the 5,000 mile trek to Wyoming with ever increasing excitement. For this is a contest that pits man against man and fish against fly – it is an unequal contest as the trout always win, but you can share the passion of one of the world’s truly great fly fishing events which is now held in England, the home of fly fishing.
But the clue to the difference to other fly fishing tournaments is in the name - the One Fly is exactly that – at 10am every competitor selects and ties on the fly that must last all day – lose it and you’re out! Points are awarded on a sliding scale according to the number and length of fish caught. There are no cash prizes – just the glory and kudos of winning.
Watch the videos from 2015, 2014, 2013.
Date of competition: tba
Entries close: January 31st 2017
Individual entries will be allocated a team by the organiser. Any special requests will be fulfilled if possible. For team entries names may be changed/left open until 28 days prior to the competition. The cost of entry is £325/person. The organiser will contact you for payment.
The River Test One Fly could not happen without the help of a great many people - apologies to anyone accidentally omitted.
Avon Springs – Barrie Bawden
Click here to open PDF of the rules and scoring
River Test One Fly HQ