Fly fishing on the River Test.
The River Test rises in Ashe, meanders gently through the Test Valley and meets the sea in Southampton.
Excellent fly fishing is available along the river's course, and our beats are some of the finest. In fact, The Field described one of our stretchs as "one of the premier beats on the premier chalkstream in the world."
We sell days on iconic fishing estates and on other smaller beats that have not been stocked for decades. (Our season runs through till the end of October, and we can cater to individuals and groups of up to six.) We sell days from nine months before the beginning of the season, but from time to time last minute days do pop up.
Our River Test beats:
This private fishery covers some five miles of the middle Test with three long beats, each with multiple carriers. The Field described this piece of water as “one of the premier beats on the premier chalkstream in the world.”
Each of the three beats is substantial: groups of four to six rods normally fish on each of the beats. This estate is a perfect place for entertaining guests; each beat has a hut with running water whilst the middle beat hut has cooking facilities.
Houghton Lodge estate has two beats on the River Test: The upper beat, half a mile of carrier, and a lower beat of 300 yards of main river. The beat also has beautiful views across the Test Valley and water meadows. On the bank there is a summer house, both for entertaining & for escaping from a shower. This video gives a bird's eye view of the beat.
Broadlands: Tanyard Beat
The Tanyard beat is approximately a third of a mile of double bank fishing on the main river Test just below Romsey with a backdrop of Broadlands House. This wading and bank beat offers fishing for up to four rods and is approximately a third of a mile of double bank fishing providing excellent sport after brown trout and grayling.
The Freelands beat is situated on the upper Test river opposite Chilbolton Common, and is about 800 yards in length. (The beat sits just below the Wherwell Priory and just upstream from the Fullerton and the Leckford Estates.) Freelands has not been fished commercially for over 10 years, but is a family home with beautiful single bank fishing for two rods only.