Hampshire is the pre-eminent chalkstream county where the Test and Itchen are the undisputed masters of the dry fly universe. Furthermore Hampshire offers many wonderful lakes and ponds as well as fantastic sea fishing around the Isle of Wight.
It was on the banks of the River Test that F M Halford honed his ground breaking thoughts that effectively ‘invented’ modern dry fly fishing. And whilst he held court on the Test, GEM Skues, just fifteen miles to the east on the River Itchen, was about to unleash the concept of nymph fishing and receive a mixed reaction for his troubles.
So, at every twist and turn of these great rivers history, Hampshire and fishing come together. Even Izaak Walton, who penned The Compleat Angler in the 17th century, has a place in the history of the county. He lived for the latter portion of his life in the county capital, Winchester. His tomb is in the Silkstead Chapel of Winchester Cathedral, a chapel dedicated to anglers and worth a visit for the special stained glass window.
Lee Manor is ideally located if you are fishing the middle or lower Test and is just two minutes from the Broadlands Fishery and just a short drive to Nursling and Testwood Salmon fisheries. We offer travelling anglers ideal accommodation and can provide picnic hampers for the perfect day on the river and evening meals for individuals and fishing parties.
Phil is an experienced angler and manages the Mottisfont Trout Fishery on the River Test. We can offer the best advice as to where to fish and how you can access the widest selection of the very best chalk stream brown trout dry fly and nymph fishing in the county of Hampshire. Day tickets are available on many of the best beats of the River Test as well as the River Dun, Itchen and Blackwater.
If you are seeking coarse fishing then we can help as there are many rivers and lakes close by. Lee Manor is less than 5 minutes drive to the Broadlands Lakes Fishery which offers excellent carp and pike fishing. Closer still is Longbridge Lake which is a 2 minute stroll from our front door. If you are looking for something special then we can offer a day or two fishing in the company of the fishing legend and star of the “Passion for Angling” television series Bob James. We can arrange trips with Bob perhaps to catch Roach or Grayling from the River Test or Carp or Pike from local stillwaters. Once the fishing day is complete you can then retire for an evening meal at Lee Manor and the chance to listen to Bobs’ fishing tales.
If you want to venture on to the high seas we can arrange sea fishing trips to the Needles and the Nab for Conger, Cod and general wreck fishing.
All in all Lee Manor is the ideal place stay for the travelling angler.