River Test a Product of "Restoration"

November 28, 2004 By: Marshall Cutchin

An article by Tom Hundley in the Chicago Tribune mentions something interesting about the hallowed River Test, where Isaac Walton once fished: that it wasn’t truly a river until the various feeder streams were restructured by local farmers, 100 years after Walton. So Walton was probably doing his worm fishing in tiny rivulets, not the “classic” beats that are among the most prized in modern fly fishing.