Chalk and Cheese

by Charles Hamer

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Flyfishing on my French chalkstream

Many flyfishers dream of casting into the gently swaying weed of a crystal-clear chalkstream in the early summer months.

But how many of us have the opportunity to do so on a French chalkstream, alive with beautiful wild brown trout?

Such was the opportunity that arose for avid fisherman Charles Hamer, and this idyll turned into paradise when he was later given the chance to actually buy his beloved beat.

Here is his delightful tale of falling in love with a stretch of the Andelle, of then owning it, of seeking the co-operation of his delightful and sometimes eccentric French neighbours, and of gradually improving the fishing there and restoring a rambling fishing home on the banks. It is the stuff of dreams and he knew it.


36 Black & white illustrations


Sep 03, 2020


About the Author:

Charles Hamer was a keen flyfisherman who loved his stretch of chalkstream at Croisy, Normandy, where he and his family had a second home. At work, Charles was a successful interior designer who went on to run luxury fabric company Petheron, later becoming MD of Jean Monro Fabrics. Apart from fishing, he loved horse racing and fine wines, also marketing Pol Roger in the UK. Charles died a few months after completing this book about the river he loved to fish.

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