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Winchester in Hampshire

An ideal base for fly fishers fishing the River Test or River Itchen

Winchester is a superb ancient English city – the historical capital of Wessex, where King Alfred the Great reigned from 871 to 899. The chalkstream River Itchen flows through the centre of Winchester and the famous River Test is just a 15 minute drive away (our fly fishing guide can collect you from your accommodation). Winchester Cathedral (consecrated in 1093), the Great Hall and King Arthurs Round Table and Winchester College are just a few of Winchester’s many historical highlights.

The River Test and the River Itchen are the very best of the English chalkstream rivers. G.E.M.Skues – the father of Trout nymph fly fishing techniques - fished the River Itchen in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. Other famous fly fishing writers such as Sir Edward Grey (a Winchester College schoolboy) and Frederick Halford (a London businessman) also fished the River Itchen and River Test regularly during this period. Izaak Walton (‘The Compleat Angler’, 1653) is buried in Winchester Cathedral and it is very moving for fly fishers to visit his tomb in his very own crypt and to see the stained glass windows depicting scenes from his famous book. One window advises ‘study to be quiet’. How right he is when fly fishing the Hampshire chalkstream rivers!

Winchester is a very pleasant English town with much to see and do for both fishers and non-fishers alike – many excellent accommodation options, restaurants, cafés and bars, shops, etc. It would make an ideal base for fly fishers and their families / friends to have a weekend, short break or longer holiday in Hampshire. You could also easily travel in to London by train for a day trip or to other parts of Hampshire like Portsmouth (HMS Victory), nearby Southampton and the New Forest (it’s actually very old!).

Winchester Cathedral

Just a few lines to say thank you for your superb instruction and advice during the three days I spent with you on the Test and Itchen recently.

Nigel McCallister, Majorca

Fly fishing near to Winchester

There are some superb fly fishing waters within a very short journey time from Winchester and Go Fly Fishing UK do guided fly fishing days and fly fishing tuition days at a number of top locations on all these rivers and lakes. We can loan you all the required fly fishing tackle, waders, flies, etc. free of charge or you can bring and use your own.

So there is a wealth of fly fishing in Hampshire within a very short travel time from Winchester, including some superb water on the edges of the town.

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Go Fly Fishing UK have a number of excellent fly fishing guides and instructors based near to Winchester and we can advise on the best places to fish and to stay and on places to visit and things to do while you are in the area. Our fly fishing guide can usually collect you from your accommodation. 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

Non-fishing visitor information

See the local official Winchester tourism website at

Our clients over the years have particularly enjoyed staying at these accommodations in Winchester:

For more detailed information about the non-fishing highlights of the Hampshire area please click here.

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Happy Clients

"Just a few lines to say thank you for your superb instruction and advice during the three days I spent with you on the Test and Itchen recently. I learned a huge amount and hope I have more time to put it into practice! Hope to be back soon."
Nigel McCallister, Majorca - Guided fly fishing days, River Itchen and River Test, Hampshire

"Dave, Thank you for two great days. Just what I'd hoped and pictured they'd be. The Itchen fishing will stay with me because the place was so perfect. Three of my best pics are of that beautiful tree on the right bank we fished under, the run below the weir and that almost 20" brown. "
Jeffery Hellerbach (New York) - Guided days, River Itchen - Winchester

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