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Flies For The River Itchen

The river Itchen is a famous English chalk stream. The river flows for around 28 miles from Mid Hampshire through to Southampton. Along with the River Test the Itchen holds an international reputation as a fly fishery and anglers travel from around the world to fish it clear, rich waters. As a chalk stream habitat it has a wealth of aquatic life. Flies for the River Itchen will mainly consist of Olives, Caddis & Terrestrials. Many anglers who fish the Itchen will have a preference to dry fly fishing and on some beats there is a dry fly only rule, there are also plenty of opportunities to fish with wets and nymphs on other beats of the river. Our flies for the River Itchen will cover most eventualities and will stand you in good stead for a days fishing on this wonderful chalk stream.

Flies For The River ITCHEN In April  

The main flies hatching on the River Itchen in April are the Large Dark Olive, the Grannom Caddis and the Hawthorn. The dry and the nymph can be covered with a few different patterns. Sub-surface, Trout will still be feeding heavily on Shrimp and it's important to have a few shrimp patterns available too.

FLIES FOR THE RIVER ITCHEN IN MAY 

The River Itchen in May sees the first Mayfly hatch of the year as well as the emergence of other up-wings and terrestrials. Maybe the finest month to be out fly fishing as the fish feed heavily in more favourable weather conditions..

FLIES FOR THE RIVER ITCHEN IN JUNE

June sees an abundance of new flies hatching including the Blue Winged Olive and Medium Olives. Days are longers and days can be plagued by cloudless, sunny skies making fishing harder. At this time of year, it's worth making an early start or a late finish to get the best of the fishing.

FLIES FOR THE RIVER ITCHEN IN JULY

We are now into the Summer and the sun is rising high in the sky. The Trout are also well fed after gorging on Spring flies. Picking a morning or evening session, or a more overcast day will certainly prove advantageous. Nymph fishing can be useful on bright days when nothing is rising..

FLIES FOR THE RIVER ITCHEN IN AUGUST

We are now into the height of Summer and what is considered by many to be the slowest month of the year in terms of fly fishing. Picking an early morning or late evening session will defiantly play to your advantage. Small flies such as midges and river buzzers as well as long leaders and fine tippets will increase your chances.

FLIES FOR THE RIVER ITCHEN IN SEPTEMBER

September on the River Itchen will see the return of the Large Dark Olive. Cooler weather and less sunlight will also improve the fishing although the month can often be a mix of both Summer and early Autumn conditions..

FLIES FOR THE RIVER ITCHEN IN OCTOBER

The last part of the Trout season at the beginning of October can provide some excellent fly fishing. The cooling temperatures can provoke Trout into an aggressive feed as they put on weight to improve their condition before spawning..