Chalkstream grows fine English Trout on the world famous River Test and River Itchen, in Hampshire England.
“The water that flows through the chalkstreams is almost unique to England. There are a few chalkstreams in Normandy, northern France, and one is rumoured to be in New Zealand, but taken as a whole ninety-five per cent of the planet’s supply of pure chalkstream water exists only in southern England. The water in the river today fell as rain miles to the north six months ago, was deep underground yesterday and will be in the English Channel in a few hours, a cycle that has been repeating for tens of thousands of years”. Simon Cooper - Life of a Chalkstream
True chalkstream rivers are fed exclusively by springs emerging from chalk downland. Rainfall filters through the chalk bedrock to emerge gin-clear and full of minerals and nutrients, to create an exceptionally verdant and unique habitat.
The Rivers Test and Itchen
The Test and Itchen in Hampshire are the two most iconic chalkstreams in the world. It was on these rivers that the art of dry fly fishing was perfected in the 1800s. Revered by fishermen across the globe, they remain the spiritual home of upstream fly fishing for trout.
The rivers rise equally in the North Hampshire Downs and the South Downs National Park to flow through some of Southern England’s finest countryside before entering the Solent.
ChalkStream® has the only farms on the Test and Itchen Rivers producing trout for the table.