Bransbury Mill, River Dever
The Bransbury Mill fishery is found on the lower part of the River Dever, one of the main feeders of the River Test and is about 1.5 miles from the confluence with the Test.
The fishery consists of around 1.5 miles of water, most of which can be fished from both banks. A full time river keeper is employed and consequently the river is kept to a very high standard. The water clarity is usually superb and if fish are not rising to a natural fly, stalking a fish and covering it with a dry fly can often reap rewards and is wonderful sport.
The River Dever is a small river and a 7-8 foot rod combined with a light weight line is the ideal combination. Delicacy and skill in the presentation of the fly and stealth in approaching the fish is of paramount importance otherwise the fish will be spooked!
The river can accommodate two rods who share the entire fishery and each rod is allowed to take two brace of fish per day. Upstream dry fly, and traditional nymphs from 1 August, are the permitted methods of fishing.
The river is stocked solely with brown trout raised on the fishery and there is a healthy stock of wild brown trout. The brown trout average around 2lbs with a few aged monsters caught each year. A good number of grayling are found in the river. Grayling and rainbow trout do not count towards the rods limit.
There are good hatches of mayfly, hawthorn and sedge and it is almost always possible to find some olives hatching on any day of the year.
Around 1.5 miles of water, most of which can be fished from both banks
River Dever, near Barton Stacey, Hampshire