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Fly fishing lessons on the River Test

The most famous fly fishing river in the world

For the last ten year we have been teaching and guiding our clients on the River Test in Hampshire. Just 70 miles from London this is a very special place to learn the art of fly fishing. We do lessons at location on the river from near Andover southwards to near Romsey. Take a day out in the countryside or stay down near the river for a day or two, perhaps in the ancient city of Winchester or in the small town of Stockbridge.

The River Test is all very private water with each river owner charging a different amount for access to fish their piece of the river. Their access to fish charge is partly based on the scenic nature of their stretch and partly on the quality of their fishing. They also charge differing prices at different times of the year. The lowest prices are charged from mid-October to mid-March and the highest prices in the legendary ‘Mayfly’ hatch season from mid-May to mid-June.

All our fly fishing instructors are trained and hold nationally recognised fly fishing coaching qualifications. Every day is tailored to the personal wishes and current skill level of each individual client. Our fly fishing instructors are all very capable of teaching fly fishing to clients with no previous experience of fly fishing. But everybody can learn important lessons about chalkstream fly fishing techniques no matter how many years they have been fly fishing.

A day on the River Test is a very special day...a very special location, very scenic, full of Trout and a very memorable place to learn fly fishing.

What is our service?

A full day of fly fishing tuition on the River Test would typically include:

Our fly fishing tuition days are real fishing experiences; lots of fun and often very exciting. For most of the day the instruction will be carried out while our clients are actually fishing and the vast majority of our beginner clients will catch some good sized fish during their fly fishing lesson.

The northern (upstream) part of the River Test (near to Andover) is mostly a quite shallow and narrow river with easy wading. It is also very clear water so for much of the time you should be able to see the fish that you are trying to catch – very exciting! The southern (downstream) part of the river (near to Romsey) is a larger, wider river but it is still often shallow and good for wading. The northern part of the river has the higher prices. Note that there are periods when the River Test is closed for co-ordinated weed cutting maintenance work to take place. In 2016 these closed periods include 8th-19th June, 13th-21st July and 17th-25th August.

Fly fishing on the River Test

Costs

The two main parts of the cost of our River Test fly fishing tuition days are the access to fish charge (which we pay to the location owner) and the time of our qualified instructor for private fly fishing tuition. The access to fish charge on the River Test is high because it is such a high quality location providing a very special fly fishing experience. Also included is loan of all the required fly fishing equipment, waders, flies, etc. and also, if required, local train station or accommodation collection/return. Our full day lessons for one person on the River Test cost from £209 upwards, with lower cost half-day’s available at some times of the year – see full list of prices below.

Season
Location
Full day
One person
Full day
Two people
Half-day
One person
Half-day
Two people
Spring & Autumn,
Top beat
£430
£600
n/a
n/a
Excluding Mayfly
Good beat
£320
£490
n/a
n/a
Mayfly,
Top beat
£550
£700
n/a
n/a
12th May to 8th June
Good beat
£400
£550
n/a
n/a
Off-peak dates,
Top beat
£400
£520
£335
£420
April, July & Aug. Good beat
£299
£450
n/a
n/a
Winter,
Top beat
£209
£299
£159
£219
Mid-Oct. to 14th March
Good beat
£209
£299
£159
£219

It is not practicable for one fly fishing instructor to teach more than two beginner fly fishers on a river simultaneously but we can do fly fishing tuition days and corporate fly fishing days for larger groups by us providing more than one fly fishing instructor and we can do days for three or four people with one shared instructor on stillwater location. It is great fun for small groups of family, friends, colleagues or clients to take a day out together on this most special of rivers to learn the art of fly fishing. Please call us for a price quote for group sizes of three or more people.

Fly Fishing Gift Vouchers

A fly fishing lesson is an ideal birthday, Christmas, 'thank you', anniversary or retirement present. Our gift vouchers are open dated and valid for use for 12 months from the date of issue. See our gift vouchers web page for full details.

Why not coming out from London for a short break to include fly fishing? Not far from the river are many excellent hotels, inns and b&bs. The superb ancient city of Winchester is just a 15 minute drive away from the River Test and is an ideal base for fishing this river and for visiting the surrounding area. And the village of Stockbridge is actually on the River Test and large Trout can be seen swimming right by the main street! For more information about the non-fishing highlights of the River Test area please click here.

Contact

For further information or to book a fly fishing lesson on the River Test contact Dave at our southern office on tel. 07899 034728 or email dave@goflyfishinguk.com.

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Happy Clients

"Once again many thanks for a couple of great days fishing and your excellent tuition and guiding. It really was a treat to fish on the chalk streams again."
Nigel McCallister, Majorca - Guided fly fishing days, River Test, Hampshire

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