"With an ever greater disconnect from nature & the intrusion of technology into every part of our lives, our customers come to us for fishing, shooting & stalking days that are truly tailored to their needs, and experiences that make them forget their phones.
We deliver. Our days are exciting, rejuvenating and memorable.
Over 70 years of collective experience organising days on the riverbank & in the field means that we can tailor a day to suit your needs and meet your budget.
No request is too big or too small. Our trustworthy team can arrange everything from accommodation, long lunches in front of log fires, pre-shoot dinners and decadent picnics on the riverbank. We’ll deliver guns, meet private jets, organise loaders, tie fishing flies, and find lost belongings.
We look forward to working as your countryside concierge this season."
After making a few calls and conferring with people who do in fact work in offices, it turns out most have endured many a painful and cringe-worthy “team building” workshop. If this has ever been you, then I feel for you, but alas all is not lost, perhaps your next team building exercise will be on a tranquil river bank with great company and delicious food. If we haven’t already convinced you then perhaps the following points will.
Water quality is crucial to plants and invertebrates and the wide range of species that the river maintains. Unusually for a chalkstream, the Itchen has many different species of breeding dragon and damselfly including the broad-bodied chaser, common darter and banded demoiselles.
Evidence suggests that discharge from washing plants has a significant impact on river ecosystems: the Itchen has about 5% of the shrimp population of the upper River Meon which has no washing plant. If allowed to go ahead, all aquatic life - from sticklebacks to Trout - and much bird life - from Kingfishers to Swifts - will be harmed.
Ilkley Moor is in the headlines this week, but the big debate in 2018 will be between those who respect our quarry and ensures it ends up on the table, and those who promote industrial bag sizes even when there is no end market for the game.
Gill wrote, "I've shot at lots of things in lots of places. But nothing is like stalking. I can't remember a single pheasant drive with any clarity. I can, though, remember every stag I ever stalked. I can place each one with minute detail. Each is a story, a coherent narrative complete and different. But they all start with the box.
"Do you mind having a go at the box straight away?" asks the stalker. The box is cardboard, placed a hundred yards off with the target Sellotaped to its side. There's a bit of grotty carpet on the grass "for your nice clothes". "OK. In your own time, just to get a feel of the gun. Take it easy, no pressure.""
When fly fishing is as central to one’s life as it is to our full time fishing experts, it is not uncommon to receive many fly fishing focused or related gifts at this time of year. But what do you really need for a day on the water, and what you can go with out. So forgetting about the obvious things one requires to fly fish (rod, reel, line, etc) here are our must haves for a day on the chalk streams.
"A man called Gavin Lockhart-Mirams, who used to work for a Conservative think-tank but now runs Glorious Game, invited Ludo and me on a pheasant shoot. This was my first experience of shooting ‘high birds’, and I had been led to believe it would be easier than shooting grouse. Even though the birds are a bit further away, they’re bigger, slower and fly in straight lines. In fact, I found it just as difficult — I averaged no more than half-a-dozen a drive. The only consolation was that Ludo found it even harder. After one ‘doughnut drive’ (when you shoot a big, round zero), he announced that the recoil was hurting his shoulder and he didn’t want to shoot any more. I gave him a pity-ing look, he said: ‘Still shot more on a single drive than you ever have, Dad.’
Then, last weekend, Gavin invited my three sons and me to spend the day in Hampshire ‘fishing and foraging’. This is one of Glorious Game’s most popular ‘dads and lads’ packages.
I won’t say this was the best day out we’ve ever had — that was the trip to the Hawthorns to see QPR beat West Brom 4-1 — but it was close."
“It’s completely crazy that fly-fishing has been identified as a man’s sport,” said Kate Taylor, another US fly-fishing guide talking to the New York Times. “It takes so much patience and nurturing,” she added. “It deepens our connection to natural rhythms, and that brings humility and the understanding that you are part of something that’s much larger than our own personal self.”
Fly fishing is begging for more diversity; its future partly relies upon it. The face of the sport around the world is changing and its about time the UK caught up. We believe the first step in the right direction will be to get as many women as possible to pick up a fly rod and get out on the water."