Syndicate Membership on One of the Finest English Chalk Streams: Abbots Worthy Beat, River Itchen, Hampshire
The River Itchen is considered to be one of the finest English chalk streams by anglers worldwide. Rising from the Hampshire chalk down land near New Cheriton, the river has a reported catchment area of 280 miles from its source where it is known as the Titchbourne Stream. The river is approximately 28 miles long and flows north to New Alresford where it is joined by two spring fed streams, the Erle and the Candover Brook. Here, it becomes the River Itchen, flowing west past Ovington and Itchen Abbas, east to Abbots Worthy and south to Winchester and Southampton, where the river becomes tidal and joins the reaches of the River Test on Southampton Water.
The river is highly sought after for its quality of water and fly fishing as well as its almost completely wild trout population.
The Abbots Worthy Fishery is located on the edge of the village of Abbots Worthy approximately 3 miles to the north of the cathedral city of Winchester. Within Abbots Worthy and the adjacent Kings Worthy there are everyday conveniences including shops, post office and public house. Winchester provides a comprehensive range of shops, cultural and recreational facilities and a wide choice of restaurants and wine bars.
Travel and communications are excellent with the A33, A34 and M3 adjacent giving access to both London, the south coast, Oxford and the A303 for the west country. Winchester has a main line railway station with regular access to London Waterloo.
Winchester: 3 miles
London Waterloo: 57 min. by train
Alresford: 6 miles
Stockbridge: 10 miles
The Abbots Worthy beat is on the Upper Itchen and is approximately a third of a mile in length. The fishing is a mix of single, double bank and wading. It is a challenging stretch of water for casting and stalking with gin clear water and good aquatic fly life providing plenty of hatches.
The fishing is for Brown Trout using upstream dry fly and nymph and a catch-release policy is promoted on this fishery.
Prolific aquatic insect and shrimp life make the river a very fertile environment for fish. Hatches of up winged flies start in late April and peak from early May onwards to late June during which time the famous Mayfly hatches take place. Summer evenings can provide excellent dry fly fishing and even on the hottest brightest days, big Trout can be caught. Autumn hatches can be very good and from the summer months onwards an estimated half of all Trout and Grayling caught during the autumn will be taken on dry fly, where Grayling of up to 3lb are caught regularly.
Syndicate membership to the Abbots Worthy Fishery will entitle members to two rods per specified day once every fortnightly within the season. The fishery is predominantly wild fish and with the catch and release policy, there is no bag limit.
The season runs from 3 April to 31 October and each syndicate member fishes one allocated day per fortnight. All beat rotations will be sent to syndicate members by Orvis before commencement of the season.
The fishery is fully keepered and there are annual weed cuttings at which time sections of the river may become unfishable. Syndicate members will be notified of these periods in advance.
The syndicate members’ contribution towards the management of the fishery is currently created within the annual syndicate membership.
Syndicate membership for the 2018 season is charged at £3,700 + VAT. Each new syndicate membership will carry a one off joining fee which is payable to the syndicate.
Hampshire County Council Test Valley Borough Council
The Castle Duttons Road
Hampshire SO23 8UJ Hampshire SO51 8XG
01962 841841 01794 527700
From the A34 North and South, take the B3047 to the village of Abbotts Worthy. When in the village turn onto Mill lane, where Orvis signposts will navigate you to the dedicated parking area. All cars are parked at the owners risk and the Abbotts Worthy beat is a short walk from the car park.
All viewings will be accompanied and are strictly by appointment with the agents Strutt & Parker, Salisbury who will refer your interest to the fishery manager.