The river rises from springs in the Vale of Chesham and in Pednor before flowing in a south-easterly direction past Waterside. Public access to the Chess is limited from the adjoining fields, so only small stretches of the river are accessible. From Latimer it flows to the north of Chenies and on towards Rickmansworth after which it becomes a tributary of the River Colne.
The Chess is only navigable at its lower reaches. Rainbow trout inhabit this water which originally escaped from fish farms and trout fisheries in the area but were first thought to be introduced to the Chess in the early 20th century. They have since gone on to establish one of a handful of self sustaining populations in the UK.
The Misbourne rises on the outskirts of Great Missenden and flows for 16 miles down the Misbourne valley to join the River Colne.
The Misbourne has for some years suffered from reduced or no flow because of abstraction for supply from the aquifiers which feed it. In 1997 85% of the river bed was dry due to over abstraction and at that point the Environment Agency and Thames Water agreed to reduce the abstraction from the river. In 1998 flow returned to most of the river and there was a gradual increase in the number of aquatic invertebrates. Colonisation of the Misbourne, upstream from the River Colne, was generally rapid, even though in some places parts of the river remained dry. The first colonists were sticklebacks, although as flow improved the community shifted rapidly to become dominated by bullheads and brown trout, the desirable target community for the river.
It is to be hoped that in time the Misbourne will re-establish itself as a wild brown trout fishery.
The rises in the Chiltern Hills in Buckinghamshire and flows in a south-easterly direction for 9 miles to Bourne End where it meets the Thames.
The water in the Wye is usually gin-clear and abundant in insect and other life. As well as having indigenous brown trout the river is also stocked with brown trout. The the fish are of average size of around the 1lb mark although they can run to about 5lbs although the odd larger fish has been caught.
Several fisheries have a strict catch and release policy for the brown trout. Day tickets can be easily obtained for some fisheries and in addition there are occasional syndicate season rods available from the estates.
Chalk streams in Buckinghamshire
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