Lower River Itchen Fishery offers excellent but challenging dry fly fishing for brown trout over 5 beats. The river has superb ranunculus cover which is cut in the traditional method of line and bar. The five beats all have different qualities giving a good variety with white water pools, faster riffled stretches and deep pools, providing excellent sport. Four of the five beats at Lower River Itchen Fishery are fishable from both banks with footbridges placed on each beat to enable easy access. The fifth beat is only fished from one bank with the other bank being owned by the fishery but left natural to provide a haven for bird and insect life. All 5 beats are adjoining with a central Fishing Lodge and BBQ area. Regular stocking is carried out on the trout beats using only the highest quality brown trout ranging up to 5lbs. The fishery’s policy is to only stock with brown trout and not rainbow trout, with the stocked brown trout complementing the wild stock indigenous to the river. The average trout weighs in at just over 2lbs with a few fish between 3-5lbs later in the season. The largest brown trout caught on the fishery was 8lbs.