Yes of course it’s a county, and a websearch of the trouting opportunity took me to the Isle of Wight Freshwater Angling Association – www.isleofwight-fishing.com ,and an email to them explaining my mission elicited the following very helpful reply-
Tony / good luck a day ticket from scotties tackle newport or sandown fish …river yar alverstone… by the church park and fish from the mill to the black railway bridge disused now ……several deep streches can be found and trout lurk there
Derek Holmes, I now know, is Chairman of the club. How very kind…and tempting !
Derek’s encouragement is supported by the Environment Agency webpage http://www.iwight.com/living_here/environment/estuaries/images/isle_of_wightrivers.pdf
which states – “The Eastern Yar and River Medina both have populations of small wild brown trout, characteristic of chalk stream headwaters.”
The Club’s website suggests that Wightlink is their preferred ferry, and the crossing from Portsmouth to Fishbourne leaves every half hour and takes just 40 minutes. Scotties in Sandown is 10 miles from Sandown, so, I reckon the run down from London, with a pit stop and waiting time, then the journey to the riverbank should take under three hours, so let’s get online, and book it.!
September 2010 – the Yar
Well, it actually took a lot less because I drove from Amesbury, where the night before I has fished the Avon until dark and enjoyed a cracking evening at Durnsford taking two browns and three grayling from D1 on an olive Klinkhammer through the evening rise.
“Give yourself an hour and a quarter from Salisbury way” the Wightlink telesales woman said, and well within an hour of leaving my overnight hotel, I was planning on an early arrival and some breakfast at the terminal…until I hit the wall of traffic descending into the city on the M275.
To say I was concerned about missing the ferry was an understatement, but misplaced because the saver fare was easily transferable, and I was in no hurry nor pressure to return home, and in a way, wondered whether waiting until dusk was the better plan, because the day was bright and sunny, and not conducive to catching my prize.
Scotties in Sandown is a gem of a shop –
But, “we don’t do day tickets on that stretch of the river”, although a phone call, supported by the Chairman’s email produced one for the modest sum of £8, as it did a route map –
On arrival at the mill, whilst noting the muddy water, I was expectant and feeling lucky, flushed with last evening’s success, and some early casts of a gold headed PTN produced two dace.
But a wander upstream revealed a tight little stream where fallen trees remained where they fell,
and bankside vegetation grew unimpeded to narrow even more, a stream where there may be trout ‘lurking’, but none showed that morning in the murky water.
So I went in search of the Medina, which, just above the tidal reach in Newport looks trouty.
I flicked a nymph into the run below a sloping weir to no effect….I was probably poaching anyway!
I cannot give up on the Isle, and will do some more research on the Medina.
It’s a pretty island and with no roads of scale, everything is easy paced and somewhat pedestrian, and it is probably a pleasant place to live. Now…..and not to be beaten (!), when fishing with Peter Lipscomb on the Itchen, he mentioned that he has a house on the Isle and will speak to friends there to see if….