Peter and friends own a delightful beat on the river Test, just outside the old market town of Romsey and a 25-minute drive from Chapel House. This stretch of river offers quality flshing for brown trout, both wild and stocked, as well as the occasional rainbow trout and grayling – and, rarely, Atlantic salmon.
With a delightfully eccentric, rose-clad fishing hut, the beat is as famous for its lovely long riverside lunches as it is for its productive fishing and bountiful bird life. Surrounded by water meadows and within easy earshot of the bells of Romsey Abbey, this is an extraordinarily beautiful place to spend a day.
The keeper, Alex, who is also a co-owner, is a mine of information on the river and its history and happily offers his services as a fishing guide.
Peter also has access to a number of other Test beats, including one way upriver where the fish are all wild and the scenery just as dazzling. For those who like to wade and to experience a real fly-fishing challenge, this is a delicious alternative and contrast to the home beat.