JB of JLS catches a specimen grayling with Orvis on The Kimbridge Beat of The Test ahead of their Flagship Store Opening in December on London’s Regent Street
Catching the very last of the fishing season on the 1st October, JB from the boy band JLS tried his hand at fishing for the first time along with a small group of relatively novice fishermen and women on the Kimbridge Beat of the world renowned chalkstream river, The River Test. In the expert hands of the Orvis team everyone caught a fish or two on the day and several were taken home for supper that night. Orvis’ shop in Stockbridge is adored by game fishermen and in December this year they are opening up a new flagship store on Regent Street in central London.
It was perfect fishing conditions being overcast and warm although the river was running a little low.
The fishing was quite tricky as the fly hatches were fairly spasmodic. There wasn’t a lot of insect activity on the surface and with the low clear water the fish were quite spooky and difficult to catch.
Soon to be the ‘hippest farmer on the block’, after the farewell tour that culminates on December 22nd at the O2, JB is embracing a life of farming and is at present setting up a deer farm where he lives in the Kent countryside. He is passionate about promoting healthy eating and understanding where your food comes from. As an ambassador for The Prince’s Countryside Fund and Red Tractor – the UK’s leading food quality assurance label, he loves outdoor pursuits and was keen to try his hand at fly-fishing and support Orvis.
JB caught a specimen grayling all by himself of nearly two pounds, which he chose to put back.
The spectacular picnic was supplied by The Bourne Valley Inn and celebrity agent Russ Lindsay noted, ‘the scotch eggs were the best he had ever tasted’. The Bourne Valley Inn is the perfect place to stay and enjoy it’s warm hospitality before or after a day on The Test.
JB is wearing an Orvis Pro Guide Stretch Waterproof Wading Jacket and used an Orvis Helios 2 Rod.