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Lower Test (continued)
The estate has three miles of double bank and one mile of single bank fishing on the Test, and approximately 1.5 miles of double bank on a carrier and 1.5 miles of single bank fishing on the River Blackwater. The main river is divided into eight beats two of which are let on a season basis with the remaining six (three trout and three salmon) let fortnightly, weekly, or by the day. The fisheries boundaries are from just above Romsey downstream to Nursling. The salmon beats have a series of shallows, deep runs and at least 12 named pools per beat. Each beat accommodates two rods. The mature tree cover, groynes and breakwaters provide ideal conditions for salmon to hold in this section of the river.
The trout beats are double bank and approximately 0.5 mile long. Each beat accommodates two rods. The beats are challenging to the trout angler because of the width of the river, deep pools and fast flowing current.
In addition to the river fishing there is a coarse fishing lake at Longbridge that has been stocked with ghost carp, tench, bream and roach and it has become one of the finest coarse fishing venues in the south of England.
1.5 miles for one or two rods.
Bullington Manor, near Barton Stacey
The fishery comprises 4.5 miles of double bank fishing divided into four beats each approximately one mile in length. Up to six rods can be accommodated daily, with a minimum booking of two rods per day. Season 15th April to 13th October. Winter grayling fishing is available from 20th October to 30th November.
Dever Springs Trout Fishery
The fishery has two spring fed lakes with a total area of 6 acres, and half a mile of trout fishing on the river Dever. Day rods are available, but they must be booked in advance. Season: 3rd April to 31st October with winter day permits on the lakes from 1st November to 2nd April. Fishing on the river is by dry fly and upstream nymph- one fly, maximum size 12 barbless hooks. No wading is allowed.
This small narrow well established wild brown trout stream joins the main river downstream of Stockbridge at Bossington. Day rods are available on The Nine Mile Water situated near Nether Wallop. The beat is 1.75 miles long and accommodates one or two rods.
This fishery has four lakes with a total area of 7.5 acres stocked mainly with rainbow trout, and 1000 yds of trout fishing on the river. The river is stocked only with brown trout and it has a good head of wild fish. Syndicate and day rods are available on both the lakes and the river.
The fishery lies upstream of Dunbridge. This one of the best maintained and stocked beats on the river. The fishing consists of a series of glides, pools, riffles and weirs and it is stocked with good numbers of brown and rainbow trout. Fishing is available for two rods let by the day, with the possibility of a third rod at certain times.
This beat is immediately downstream of the School Farm fishery. The beat is approximately 1 mile long and has a series of deep pools, fast runs and back eddies under the trees on the opposite bank. Day rods are available for one or two anglers.
Woodington Fishery, near Romsey
The fishery consists of a series of lakes set in 36 acres of woodland and approximately one mile on the river Blackwater. The lakes are stocked with rainbow trout and the river has both native and stocked brown trout, grayling and runs of sea trout. The river is divided into three beats and day rods are available.
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