The Committee are delighted to announce that we have secured fishery rights to another prime stretch of the Hampshire Avon. The main river at Sopley runs from the divergence of the mill stream and spans the entirety of the left bank downstream (approximately 2km) until it meets the boundary of the Mill Stream Fishery, just above the confluence of both waters. Although parts of this length were fished up until a few seasons ago, this is the first time in many years that the whole of ‘Sopley Island’ is available to anglers.
The land is an SSSI and boasts a wonderful array of wildlife in a stunning setting. Large chub and barbel are believed to dominate the stretch and the acquisition provides a superb opportunity to investigate the untapped potential it holds. Full details and regulations are now on our website, the link below highlights parking, access and fishing details.
The Mill Stream often remains fishable when the main river can be flooded throughout the Avon Valley. The mixture of gravel shallows, deep glides and far bank cover provide many varied swims and some idyllic trotting conditions. Historically, the water has produced barbel to within ounces of the British record. These still form the main target species with plenty of chub, roach, dace and some large pike also present. Fishing has started well with bags of dace and chublets plentiful to those wanting to trot maggot and chub to 6lb 5oz reported in the opening week. As we assess and manage the water over the coming season, we also hope to incorporate running water trout fishing in the stretch.
Day and guest tickets are available from the usual outlets. Please note, the Mill Stream Fishery (which includes a stretch of the main river) and the Main River Fishery are separate waters with differing rules, fishing times and season lengths. Therefore, day tickets are being sold for either venue rather than encompassing both.
As a club we are committed to providing the finest fishing venues and value for our members. We hope this latest acquisition brings you all many wonderful days on the bank.