chalk stream Beats

England



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River: TEST

Hampshire

River TEST - Broadlands

  • Description: The Broadlands Estate is one of the most famous names in fishing, renowned the world over for the River Test flowing through the estate that was the home of Earl Mountbatten of Burma. The unique Nissen Hut, a welcome retreat for all Broadlands anglers, is lined with photographs and fish, trophies of visits by royalty, diplomats and film stars.

This is a fine section of the River Test; wide, fast, varied and open, renowned for big brown trout, sea trout and the occasional salmon. There are three beats on the main River Test all carefully looked after by the resident keeper, Jon Hall.

Each of the beats, Longbridge, Moorcourt and Grove are available on a variety of different days, each taking up to three Rods

 

  • Price: From GBP 175 / rod / day

River TEST - Bullington Manor

  • Description: If sight fishing over bright gravel beds, picking out trout with a dry fly or sight fishing with a traditional nymph pattern between the waving tails of ranunculus is your chalkstream dream then this is the place to head for. 

You will rarely find a more beautiful spot than these beats on the Upper Test, where the 2½ miles of unspoilt chalkstream fishing is always crystal clear.

Immaculately maintained, with three picturesque fishing huts and resident keeper Jonny Walker, Bullington Manor has remained a favourite.

 

  • Price: From 197 / rod / day

River TEST - Kimbridge Meadows

  • Description: Kimbridge Meadows is a tranquil collection of carriers that snake around woodland and water meadows beside the River Test between Stockbridge and Romsey.

Beautifully kept by the river keeper, Steve Brown, there is nearly a mile of water to cover, stocked with some of the largest brown, rainbow and blue trout you are ever likely to encounter in the Test valley.

Ideal for one to four rods or a party of six, the Meadows is a relaxing and easy beat with excellent facilities.

 

  • Price: From GBP 169 / rod / day

River TEST - Middleton Estate

  • Description: The Middleton Estate is in Longparish, one of the loveliest villages in the Test valley where the fishing is cared for very much in the tradition of an old-style chalkstream. 

The Half Water is one of our longest single beats on the River Test, coming in at just over a mile in length. 

Extensively restored in recent years, this is a beat that has a bit of everything: slow sections, fast sections, deep holding sections and, hatch pools. Sections run through the water meadows; some parts are shaded by trees. There is a good head of wild fish, supplemented by careful stocking. 

The Half Water has its own fishing hut at Dog Leg Hatch with a parking area. This beat is perfect for two or three rods.

 

  • Price: from GBP 204 / rod / day

River TEST - Mottisfont Abbey

  • Description: Mottisfont Abbey is quite simply the birthplace of modern day fly fishing. It is the very place where F. M. Halford, the man who can truly be said to have done more that any other to establish dry fly fishing as a sport in itself, fished at the height of his fame.

The famous Oakley Hut, where Halford spent all the summers of the early twentieth century until his death in 1914, stands today almost exactly as it was in his day. The photographs in the Hut taken at that time show the river and fishing barely changed today which makes you truly feel you are following in the footsteps of a fishing great. 

The Mottisfont Estate comprises of three beautiful beats: the Oakley, Rectory and Main. Each is suitable for two rods and the three may be combined for a small party. The River Dun beat is available by special request.

 

  • Price: from GBP 221 / rod / day

River TEST - The Parsonage

  • Description: The Parsonage is a unique combination of the main River Test with a long carrier, all within the beautiful setting of woodland and water meadows.

The main river is wide with a combination of long glides, deep pools and some shallow sections. There is a good wild trout population supplemented by regular stocking plus plenty of grayling and the occasional sea trout and salmon towards the end of the season. The carrier, recently extensively restored, is far more intimate fishing and the perfect place to break out a smaller rod.

The beat is ideal for up to four rods or larger parties. There is an excellent fishing cabin overlooking the river and plenty of parking.

 

  • Price: from GBP 175 / rod / day

River TEST - Timsbury Fishery

  • Description: Timsbury is a long established fishery that has been in the expert guidance and care of Jonathan Durrant for over 25 years.

Beautifully maintained and very well stocked this wonderful selection of a fast flowing carriers and wide River Test has something to challenge every angler on every visit. Divided into four beats which rotate daily each beat is ideal for one or two Rods or two friends sharing. On some dates we have two beats available to make up a small party.

There is an excellent main fishing cabin overlooking the river and plenty of parking. In addition each beat has its own private hut.

 

  • Price: from GBP 175 / rod / day

River TEST - Wherwell Priory

  • Description: Wherwell Priory is one of the most idyllic country estates in Hampshire’s famous River Test valley, where the river flows through a tranquil parkland setting.

The fishing comprises just over 1½ miles of double bank river, divided into two beats named The Park and The Priory. All of the fishing is from the bank, though there are some short sections which can be waded. Each beat has a comfortable fishing cabin and is suitable for up to three rods, or you can combine both beats for a larger party.

 

  • Price: from GBP 240 / rod / day

 

River TEST - Whitchurch Fulling Mill

  • Description: The higher one ventures up the River Test system, the better the hatches, the clearer the water and the wilder the fish. There is no better way of summing up the fishing at Whitchurch Fulling Mill.

Fulling Mill is one of those rare places where you can get up so close to feeding fish that you can sometimes almost pick them up in your hand. The water clarity and the abundance of food are exceptional, and the fish are always on the look out for food. 

The beat breaks down into three sections; two wading and one bank plus three hatch pools and one mill race that holds trophy fish. A two-time winner in the River Test One Fly, this beat will often produce the day of a lifetime.

 

  • Price: from GBP 195 / rod / day