Hampshire’s River Alre

To be lucky enough to have a rod on this beautiful chalk stream, which along with the Cheriton Brook and the Candover Brook, is the third and biggest of these feeder streams which form the Itchen near Ovington. This picture was taken at 2040 hrs yesterday as the sun dropped and those lovely pastel shades produced new relief to a pretty scene. There was no late hatch of any scale, but a couple of nifty scrappers liked my offering of a blue-winged olive and came to net. What a lovely way to enjoy an English summer evening!


An Apology…

I have been ‘called out’ for promoting poaching on the River Hiz.

That’s OK, but it is from people who do not know me. And the very same people have failed to demonstrate any sense of enquiry, to understand more, before penning accusatory notes to me. But that’s social media for you.

I have a rod on three syndicates on precious chalk streams and in addition I, am a member of two angling clubs. I spend several £000’s every year for the privilege of this fishing. And, also, I commit bids to charity auctions to find fishing for wild trout in interesting places.

I once have accidentally strayed, but only once, and to see how I felt about this, just read –https://afishermansjourneythroughwales.wordpress.com/category/cardiff/

When I discovered that what I was told by local folk was ‘free fishing’ on the common land at Ickleford, I was upset to discover that it is not. So, to those who I have offended, I offer my apologies.

One correspondent, actually sent me a copy of the Minutes of a Parish Council meeting in June 2013, when it was decided that signs would be placed on the Common indicating that fishing was prohibited. Such was the Parish Council’s determination on this point, that there were no signs on the occasion of my visit to this Common land two years later in 2015, and as of today, SEVEN years after the decision to install such signs, I gather that there still are none!!!

PLEASE, dear Reader, if you think you can fish this once beautiful chalk stream, now overgrown and in desperate need of some tender and loving care, you cannot.

Shame, because there are some stunning wild brown trout there.

Wye & Usk Foundation

I love fishing auctions and regularly bid in those of the S&TCA, the WTT (to which I also submit offers for fishing in the streams in the southern Alps near to where my wife and I have a home), the Monnow Rivers Association…and the Wye & Usk Foundation, and the latter, for reasons that readers of my blog, will be well aware.

Last year the W&UF offered a lot which intrigued, and I bid for it and won.

It was for an engraved stone which would be lovingly released into the river Usk, which is where my fly fishing adventure began. And it will be post lockdown and I hope to witness it but may not be able to.

Eventually someone may pick up this (my) stone from the bed of the river where I learned to fish and wonder…well what?

Will that happen next year, in five or fifteen years, or fifty or five hundred years?

When they do, will spates have smoothed the stone and erased, what was carefully engraved?

If I cannot be there, I have asked that it be placed, or maybe dropped, into the river on the downstream side of Llanfaes Bridge.

This is my stone.

Tony Mair river stone

It’s 2020…

….and my first fish, wild rainbows all, came from the Holsloot River in South Africa’s Western Cape.The best, a lovely specimen of 15″

For another view of the fishing on the Holsloot, enjoy this linkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWf3hBiai8U


My Welsh journey…

This evening, my site https://afishermansjourneythroughwales.wordpress.com/ had its 10,000th visitor…its intention is to encourage more to visit the ‘Land of My Fathers’ because the trout fishing in Wales is just wonderful. Schooled in Wales, and visiting it every year since I was (far too many to admit to) I know more than many, what a wonderful country it is…and now have very nearly found some wild brown trout from all its Counties.


And this is the man, who taught me how to fish the Usk, and who probably is to blame for how, and why I became a Wales’ fishing junkie…Jimmy Devoy.

What a man!


The very informative ‘Welsh County’ included this piece in their latest on line edition -https://www.welshcountry.co.uk/tony-mair-fishes-around-wrexham-2018/

Please take a look.

It highlights the best of accommodations in Wales, the best foods, drinks, bars and restaurants !