Lower Itchen 25 August, Beat No. 5 The Bends

My first fishing trip in London was to the Lower Itchen on beat 5 called ‘The Bends’.

We’re talking the Itchen here where upstream dry fly would be the appropriate etiquette.
I tried the prescribed Halfordian method without so much as a look from the fish, they were holding deep feeding on nymhs. I’m only human so must fess up that I resorted to catching my first Itchen/UK trout on bead head nymphs, cringe…

I caught four grayling,  four brown trout and probably missed as many due to early and late strikes.

Beat-5-The-Bends

Beat-5-The-Bends

Swan

Swan

Swan Family

Swan Family

Trout numbre one

Trout numbre one

Where I caught the next Trout

Where I caught the next Trout

Trout number two

Trout number two

Yours truly, self portrait...

Yours truly, self portrait...

Fish number four

Fish number four

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