Fly fishing on the River Kennet

The River Kennet

A very special fly fishing river

The River Kennet is a very special fly fishing river – one of the best English chalk streams. It is located in the county of Berkshire around 60 miles due west from central London and is easily reached from there by the M4 motorway or by train. It is a highly alkaline stream with clear water making for a rich environment for fish and a very enjoyable one for fly fishing. It has a fantastic hatch of Ephemera Danica Mayflies from late-May to mid-June.

We do guided days and fly fishing tuition days at locations on the River Kennet between the small towns of Hungerford and Newbury. Days on different beats have different prices at different times in the season. Contact us for the specific prices of specific locations on specific dates. Note that we do not provide just day rod beat access to fish without a guide/instructor.

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Fish species / seasons

The game fish in the River Kennet are wild and stocked Brown Trout, stocked Rainbow Trout and wild Grayling. The Trout season runs from 1st May to 30th September.

Fly fishing on the River Kennet

Downstream of the town of Newbury the river is mostly a coarse fishery and there is no good quality fly fishing. However from Newbury upstream through Hungerford to Marlborough it is an excellent Trout and Grayling river and some of the Trout are very large.

Go Fly Fishing UK hosts Paul Proctor on the Kennet

Paul is a lead features writer for 'Trout & Salmon' magazine, a Vice President of the Wild Trout Trust and one of the UK's most famous river Trout and Grayling fly fishers. Go Fly Fishing UK proprietor Dave Martin hosted Paul for a day of Grayling fly fishing on the River Kennet. The sun shone, the fish were biting and over the day, fishing short-line nymph tactics, Paul caught somewhere around 40 Grayling plus a few out-of-season Trout. His comments to Dave by email were "Just got back home and reflecting on a great day we had on the Kennet. Just to say that it was a really enjoyable day with you and to thank you for organising everything."


The River Kennet is mostly a fairly narrow chalk stream although there are some wider sections. An 8’ 6” rod for a 5-weight floating line is perfect for the wider sections although an 8 foot rod for a 4-weight line would be better for the narrower carrier streams. Polarised sunglasses are a must have item of fly fishing equipment.


The Kennet is mostly fished by casting upstream from a position on the bank. Wading is not allowed in most places. As with all chalk streams stealth and observation combined with delicate accurate casts are the key to success. Sight casting is the norm and the fisher must do everything he can to try to avoid the fish being spooked by either clumsy casting or too much bank side movement. Dry fly fishing is very good from 1st May to late-June, during summer evenings and then again in the autumn. Nymph fishing is best in the summer and autumn and no matter how warm or bright the weather is the fishing is usually still very good to small unweighted nymphs.

Go Fly Fishing UK have considerable experience in offering guided days on the River Kennet as well as fly fishing tuition days for beginners and improvers. We have access to some excellent beats in the middle reaches of the river Kennet between Newbury and Hungerford. In some cases our guides have guided over 100 days on some beats so they know these waters better than anybody else.


As well as providing a superb fly fishing guide service our guides will also loan all the required fly fishing tackle, waders, flies, etc. – or you can bring your own - and can provide a local railway station collection and return service for fishers. This would usually be from Newbury station (less than one hour from London Paddington). If required some of our guides will also act as a chauffeur/guide for non-fishing sight-seeing as part of a fly fishing trip.

If you fancy making your fly fishing part of a short-break in then we can advise you on the best accommodation options. These including manor house hotels, country hotels, inns and bed & breakfasts, each within a short distance of superb fishing.


River Kennet beat costs are very reasonable when compared to those of the rivers Test and Itchen. Our guided day prices on the River Kennet in the Trout season start at £295 to include the guide and the beat and the price depends on the number of people fishing and the specific location and date. Please contact us for an exact quote for your day. Note that we do not provide just day rod beat access to fish without a guide/instructor.

Contact Dave at our southern office to discuss your preferred fly fishing location and date or to make a booking – telephone 07899 034728 or email

Happy Clients

"Dave, Thank you for a wonderful day of fly fishing on the River Kennet. My wife and I enjoyed it very much."
Patrick & Audrey Chee (Hong Kong) - Guided/Tuition day, River Kennet, 6th April.

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