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Yesterday afternoons quick session proved very fruitful. I had a couple of deadbaits in the freezer and a spare half a hour, third cast produced an explosive take from a fighting fit Pike just scraping 10lb, with one bait left I tried a different spot, first chuck right next to an overhanging Willow branch provoked another savage take, this time resulting in a good sized fish eight ounces shy of twenty pounds. With the water temperature still Being warm, and the colder weather creeping in they are starting to pack on the weight for the winter. I love fishing the baits just a few inches under the surface to get the ultimate experience of the take, the speed and aggression that they produce to get the bait is phenomenal. #pike #pikefishing #pikehunter #deadbait #deadbaiting #rivertest #river #lake #hampshire #hampshirechalkstream #chalkstream #coarsefishing #fishing #fishinguk #cold #autumn #wintersonitsway #misty #mistymorning #waninggibbous #pikemoon

Shower dodging with these two unruly bastards.

Still finding a few of these on the bank, a spawned out kelt riddled with fungus didn't manage the journey back down the river to the sea πŸ™πŸŸπŸ’€πŸ‘». #salmon #salmonfishing #salmononthefly #springsalmon #silverbar #silvertourist #flyfishing #flyfish #flyfishhampshire #rivertest #hampshirechalkstream #chalkstream #fishing #fishingforsalmon #fungus #fishonfly #flyfishingnation #flyfishingaddict #flyfishinglife #flyfishingfanatic #gameover

It's not just about catching the Trout, it's about knowing what to do with it once caught and dispatched. Yesterday's lesson was gutting and preparing the fish for the table, @_landgirl got a step by step guide by the legendary Royston on how to gut her 1st ever fly caught Trout. It's always something special to help bag that first Fish, I can honestly say that I enjoy it more than catching one myself. Hopefully a fisherwoman in the making! Top angling to the pair of you πŸ‘πŸ»πŸŽ£#trout #troutfishing #flyfishing #troutonthefly #browntrout #flyfish #river #rivertest #riverfishing #fishing #chalkstream #hampshire #hampshirechalkstream #fishon #flyordie #browntroutflyfishing #browntroutfishing #wetyourknot #fishon #girlswhofish #fisherwomen #fisherlady #ladyfisher

Spent most of the weekend here with dogs and kids. Paddling, finding colourful stones, listening to woodpeckers and building dams in the sunshine. Blissful. #nofilter #green #hampshirechalkstream #riverhamble #familytime @judeomarwriter

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Yesterday afternoons quick session proved very fruitful. I had a couple of deadbaits in the freezer and a spare half a hour, third cast produced an explosive take from a fighting fit Pike just scraping 10lb, with one bait left I tried a different spot, first chuck right next to an overhanging Willow branch provoked another savage take, this time resulting in a good sized fish eight ounces shy of twenty pounds. With the water temperature still Being warm, and the colder weather creeping in they are starting to pack on the weight for the winter. I love fishing the baits just a few inches under the surface to get the ultimate experience of the take, the speed and aggression that they produce to get the bait is phenomenal. #pike #pikefishing #pikehunter #deadbait #deadbaiting #rivertest #river #lake #hampshire #hampshirechalkstream #chalkstream #coarsefishing #fishing #fishinguk #cold #autumn #wintersonitsway #misty #mistymorning #waninggibbous #pikemoon

Shower dodging with these two unruly bastards.

Salmon on! Broadlands came up with the goods yesterday, @redneckriverkeeper landing a fine brace of coloured cock fish, and after a fair few missed takes I managed one myself! A drop in temperature and change in the weather certainly seemed to stir the fish up a bit. #salmon #summersalmon #nymphing #nymphfishing #silverbar #silvertourist #flyfishing #flyfish #flyfishhampshire #rivertest #hampshirechalkstream #chalkstream #fishing #fishingforsalmon #fishonfly #flyfishingnation #flyfishingaddict #flyfishinglife #flyfishingfanatic #salmononthefly #salmonfishing

Last night was spent living like a tramp in a lakeside fishing hut. Nipper was desperate to go night fishing so we decided not to stray too far from home in case it all got a bit much for his first time roughing it. There are some monster Pike in this particular lake so we chucked a couple of static deadbaits out on alarms and set up camp in the hut. As the light faded and darkness set in, one of the alarms burst into life, slowly beeping away indicating that something toothy had found the bait. Poised and ready, I cranked down to expect the rod to hunch over and the reel to scream, only to find the smallest pike I've ever caught attached to the trebles..............a mere 6 inches (that's a blokes 6 inches so realistically about 3) perfect bait size for mother Pike. The rod was reset and placed back on the alarm, we retired to our hovel and bedded down for the night. 6am soon arrived and I was woken by a more promising take, after a good scrap a fat 15lb Pike was on the grass. Not one of the monsters that reside in the lake but a good result non the less. Nipper did the honours with the camera and she was slipped back into her watery layer. Little Pike can be fantastic bait for the bigger female fish, a big Pike can be very territorial and will munch it's way through its own offspring before taking on anything else πŸŠπŸŒ–#esox #esoxlucius #northernpike #pike #pikefishing #pikehunter #deadbait #deadbaiting #rivertest #river #lake #hampshire #hampshirechalkstream #chalkstream #coarsefishing #fishing #fishinguk #cold #autumn #wintersonitsway #misty #mistymorning #waninggibbous #pikemoon

Catching on all sorts today, lots of olives and sedges after some big rain showers #flyfishing #browntrout #dryfly #fishing #itchen #sedge #hampshirechalkstream #chalkstream

Autumn has got its foot in the door, there's no turning back now! The first flight of the ducks yesterday evening was fruitful on the pond that I have been feeding since July, plenty of early Teal about, which is always a treat. Today will consist of trying to find @tkaz_1960 a half decent Trout on the river.
#autumn #autumncolors #september #seasonschange #seasons #river #rivertest #chalkstream #hampshirechalkstream #hampshire #deepsouth #fishing #flyfishing #flyfish #flyfishingnation #flyfishingaddict #riverkeeper #troutonthefly #troutfishing #flyfishingfortrout

Inspired by @obob1 most recent post of the river in the depths of last winter, I found this picture I took that I had forgotten all about. I love the harsh, frosty winter mornings, the Grayling fishing can be incredible on the right days, with plenty of fish showing over the 2lb mark. The endless morning stakeouts with the shotgun, waiting for the dreaded Cormorants to try their luck is paying off. License numbers have been doubled from three birds a year to six per person, with the small silver fish such as the Grayling, Roach and Dace being first on the Cormorants menu, silver fish numbers are slowly on the increase. With several groups of 50+ birds flighting the river in the morning it's an endless battle. #winter #winterfishing #flyfish #flyfishing #flyfishinglife #fishing #candr #upstreamdryfly #gettherodsout #flyordie #frosty #frostymorning #river #rivertest #chalkstream #hampshirechalkstream #hampshire #fieldsports #riverkeeper #fisherman #duckshooting #duckhunter #mallard #duck #ducks

After many many failed attempts and a few lost fish I managed to find a half decent one, and land it! It was sat in a small slack behind a bed of weed, the sight of one of @redneckriverkeeper home tied salmon nymphs proved too much to resist. I think they are top of the list for being the prettiest fish in the river. #perch #riverperch #perchfishing #lurefishing #dropshot #flyfishing #perchonthefly #flyfishinglife #flyordie #gettherodsout #upstreamdryfly #candr #repyourwater #river #riverfishing #coarsefishing #fishing #flyfishingforperch #rivertest #hampshire #hampshirechalkstream #riverkeeper #deepsouth #predatorfishing

This was from Saturday, it was the perfect summer evening. I had to Ghillie for a friend who's husband had bought her the day as a surprise birthday present, she had already banked an impressive rainbow just shy of the six pound mark earlier on in the day. As the sun dropped below the tree line, more Sedge started to dance over the river, tormenting the Trout. Occasionally a fish would leap clear from the water in a desperate attempt to catch its supper. There was a big fish spotted rising consistently, sipping away at the unlucky flys trapped in the surface of the water. The perfect cast was executed and the beast was fooled, an explosion of water and the scream of the reel followed as the hook was set. A couple of lengthy runs downstream saw the reel empty at an alarming rate! Eventually the fish tired and a rather porky brown trout around the seven pound mark was slid over the net. That's got to be the highlight of my season so far, to help a novice bag two fish over five pounds in one day, plus a hand full of smaller stockys is an amazing feeling.

The Terminator is back on form! A stunning Testwood Salmon caught on Wednesday in the most horrific weather known to mankind. First drop from one of the groynes lifted three fish at once, this one decided he was going to have it good and proper! A second Salmon followed in the afternoon and a Seatrout for the fish catching machine. True to my usual form I blanked, even under the watchful eye of @chalk_stream_salmon_keeper I managed to miss the only take of the day, having the reactions of a drunken Sloth didn't help! Pete was there to offer me words of consolation in my moment of need like "it had nearly shit that fly out by the time you struck" and "you fu#ked that right up" I soldiered on to then loose a little Perch and a Trout.........Back to my usual blanking form πŸ‘πŸ»#springsalmon #summersalmon #nymphing #nymphfishing #silverbar #silvertourist #flyfishing #flyfish #flyfishhampshire #rivertest #hampshirechalkstream #chalkstream #fishing #fishingforsalmon #fishonfly #flyfishingnation #flyfishingaddict #flyfishinglife #flyfishingfanatic #salmononthefly #salmonfishing #testwood #testwoodpool

The last thing you will see if your food on the Pikes menu............rows of hundreds of backwards facing teeth, and with an anticoagulant in the mucus that covers the entire fish, if the victim does manage to escape the jaws, it will be found again as it bleeds to death. #pike #riverpike #riverpiker #pikefishing

I've been trying to catch a decent Perch out of the river for a couple of weeks now, and so far failed miserably. The only time I hooked a decent sized one I had forgotten to bring my landing net! As I tried to hand line it in the hook pulled. I decided to swap my rod for a camera and bait up an area where I had seen a few loitering, eventually one little 8 ouncer made an appearance, for a feed. #perch #perchfishing #stripey #coarsefish #coarsefishing #river #rivertest #riverkeeper #tiny #perfect #microperch #riverfishing #fishon #hampshirechalkstream #hampshire #underwaterphotograpy #fishing #catchandrelease #candr #repyourwater #underwater

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