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Tributaries of the Thames - continued

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The Darent is a small Trout-stream in Kent; being for the most part strictly preserved, good sport may be had with the fly, fishing very fine with small flies. I have had some extremely good takes in the neighbourhood of Eynsford and Farningham. The Darent joins the Cray, falling into the Thames near Erith.

The Roden rises between Duninow and Stanstead, passes Canfield, Chipping Ongar, Chigwell, "Woodford, Wanstead, and Ilford, joining the Thames near Barking.

The Wandle is a Surrey Trout-river, extremely clear and requiring small flies, such as a very small hare's-ear or blue-dun, and the carshalton cocktail. The may fly is never seen on this river, the greater portion of which is preserved; the most noted part where the fishing is free is at Hack bridge. The Wandle enters the Thames at Wandsworth.

Good fishing rivers in Edgware: The Brunt rises in the north of Middlesex, runs through Edgware and Hendon; where there is some good water for Jack, Perch and Roach; thence to Kingsbury, where the fishery belongs to the Welsh Harp public-house, on the Edgware Road, three miles from Rilburn Gate. At the Kingsbury fishery some large Pike and Perch have been taken; the annual subscription is one guinea, or half-a-crown a day. The Brent then runs through Greenfnrd, Hanwell, past Osterly Park to Brentford, where it runs into the Thames.

The Hog's-mill river rises near Epsom, in Surrey, and passing Ewell and Maldon, running into the Thames at Kingston.

The Mole is formed by the union of several small streams that rise on the borders of Sussex, but is an insignificant stream for some distance after it has left that county, entering Surrey, it passes Horley and Reigate, through Betchworth Park to Dorking. Mickleham, Norbury Park to Leatherhead, where there is some good Trout-fishing. At Pains's-hill Park, near Cobham, there is some very good Pike and Perch-fishing, but permission to fish is requisite. The Mole then 'winds by Esher, and separates into two branches; one runs by Ember Court, and enters the Thames near Thames Ditton, the other passes through the little village of East Moulsey, and joins the Thames at Hampton Court. The Chub-fishing is good.

The Wey has its source about a mile south-west of Alton, in Hampshire; the river Hows through the town, but is a very small stream for a long while after it quits it. The Wey enters Surrey near Earnliam, and passing by Godalming, is joined by the Aran and Wey Canal, near Guildford. About a mile beyond Woking is Newark Priory. At Byfleet there is capital fishing in the Park. The Wey then runs by Weybridge, and enters the Thames, being joined in the latter part, of its course by the Basingstoke Canal. There is good fishing in nearly the whole of this river; some parts are open water, but permission to fish is, in nearly all cases, readily obtainable where the river runs through parks or by farm lands.

The Bourne Brook rises near Bagshot, and runs by Chobham, entering the Thames at Ham-Haw Point, near Wey bridge. A branch of the Bourne joins Virginia Water, Windsor Park.

The Abbey Milt Hirer, which runs at the back of Chertsey and joins the Thames near Chertsey Weir, has some good Jack, Perch and Roach. Permission to fish is required.

The Colne rises in Hertfordshire, near St. Albans, and flows past Two-waters through New Barnes, Watford and Loudwater to Rickmansworth; the water here for nearly four miles is preserved by a Club, the number of members being limited; the subscription is ten guineas per annum. The Trout-fishing here is first-rate; Pike are occasionally taken,« and very fine Perch. Below Rickmansworth there is good fishing in the Coppermill stream, which is preserved. The Denham fishery is also very good. At Uxbridge is Barrat's Water, where the Trout run from three to four pounds weight, but being shy require fine fishing. Jack and Perch are also plentiful. The subscription is four guineas per annum. The next is the Thorny-Broad fishery, at West Drayton, where some good Jack and Perch are occasionally taken; but it is specially noted for large Dace. The water is about two and a half miles in length, but is in some places very weedy. The annual subscription is half-a-guinea. Leaving West Drayton, we come to Colnbrook, and from thence to Staines, where this branch of the Colne falls into the Thames. There are other branches of this river, running near Bedfont, where some good Pike fishing is to be had when the water is high. A Pike was taken here, in 1854, weighing twenty pounds. Through Hanwerth Park, Twickenham, through the grounds of Sir W. Clay, and the Powder-mills at Hounslow, to Isleworth, where it joins the Thames.

The Wick rises near West Wycombe, in Buckinghamshire, passes High Wycombe, Loudwater, and Woburn, falling into the Thames, near Cookham.

The Lodden lias its source in Hampshire, near Basingstoke. At Old Basing it feeds some ponds, in which there are some very fine Pike. At Strathfield-Turgis I have taken large Pike with the live bait, but the river here is narrow, and permission to fish is required. The angler in this district will find first-rate accommodation at the Wellington Arms hotel, near the entrance of the Duke of Wellington's park, at Strathfield-Saye, through which the Lodden runs, and is here formed into a large lake, having a fine tumbling bay or waterfall, in which Perch have been taken of six pounds weight. An order for fishing this part of the Lodden is only to be had from the Duke, who very rarely grants one; and, therefore, the angler who is so fortunate as to obtain an order, must make much of it. From here the river runs through Berkshire, and joins the Thames below Sonning. Some excellent fishing is to be had at Lodden Bridge.

The Kennet rises in Wiltshire, passing Marlborough and Chilton Foliat it enters Berkshire at Hungerford, where the water is preserved by a Club, the annual subscription being two guineas, or half-a-crown per day. From Hungerford the Kennet finds its way to Heading, where it enters the Thames.

The Pang, a small stream, joins the Thames at Pang- bourne; and contains a quantity of small Trout.

The Thame rises on the borders of Buckinghamshire, and entering Oxfordshire near Thame, passes Waterstock, Drayton, and Dorchester, and joins the Thames at Shillingford.

The Cherwell rises on the borders of Warwickshire, and enters Oxfordshire near Claydon, thence past Bambury, Somerton, Skipton, and Water Eaton, to Oxford, below which it enters the Thames.

The Glyine rises in Oxfordshire, and passes Sandford, Glympton, and Woodstock, through Blenheim Park, where there are some splendid Pike and Perch: thence joining the Evenlode.

The Eveulode rises on the borders of Oxfordshire, passes Ascott and Charlbury, to Blenheim, where it. is joined by the Glyme. and enters the Thames, near Eynshain.

The Windrush rises on the borders of Gloucestershire, enters Oxfordshire near Burford, thence past Swinbruok and Witney, to Standlake, near which it joins the Thames.

The Leach or Lech, rises in Gloucestershire, near North» leach, flows thence past Southrop to Leehlade, where it enters the Thames,

The Coin rises a few miles from Seven-Springs, passes by Withington, Coin St. Denis, and Coin St. Aldwins, and through Fairford - a course of 23 miles, before it falls into the Thames, above Lechlade.

The Ray rises in Gloucestershire, and joins the Thames at Crieklade.

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