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Fly fishing lessons on the famous River Test

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We do private fly fishing tuition on a number of stretches of the River Test in Hampshire, from near Romsey northwards to Longparish (near Andover). The River Test is the most famous Trout fly fishing river in the world and it is where, back in the 1800’s, this wonderful sport of ours was developed into the sport that we now know and love. Situated just 70 miles south west of London it is easily reached from there by car or train. Or you could stay near the river in the superb ancient city of Winchester or in the smaller riverside village of Stockbridge.

The River Test is all highly protected private water with each river owner charging a different amount for access to fish their water, 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 preferences, aspirations and skill level of each individual client. Our fly fishing instructors are very capable of teaching the art of fly fishing to people with no previous experience of fly fishing. But equally they can teach important lessons about chalkstream fly fishing techniques to fly fishers with decades of previous fly fishing experience.

A day on the River Test is a very special day and usually the result is a day full of highlights and good memories….and some large Trout having been caught!

What to expect

Typically a full day’s fly fishing lesson on the River Test would cover the following:

Our fly fishing lessons are real fishing experiences; great fun and exciting. For the vast majority of the day the tuition will be carried out while you are actually fishing and most of our novice fly fishing clients will catch some good sized Trout during their lesson.

The upstream (northern) part of the River Test is mostly quite a narrow river, shallow with easy wading and extremely clear water so you can usually see the fish that you are fishing for – very exciting! The downstream (southern) part of the river (near Romsey) is a bigger, wider river but still often shallow and good to go wading. The upstream part of the river has the higher prices. Note that there are periods when the River Test is closed for weed cutting maintenance to take place. In 2016 these closed periods include 8th to 19th June, 13th to 21st  July and 17th to 25th August.

Fly fishing on the River Test

Costs

The main elements of the cost are the fishing access charge (which we pay to the owner of the location) and the dedicated time of our fly fishing instructor for private tuition. Also included is loan of all the required fly fishing tackle, waders, flies, etc. and, if required, local train station or accommodation collection/return. Our full days for one person cost from £209 upwards with lower cost half-day’s available at some times of the year – see prices below.

Season
Location
Full day
One person
Full day
Two people
Half-day
One person
Half-day
Two people
Spring & Autumn,
Top beat
£420
£590
n/a
n/a
Excluding Mayfly
Good beat
£320
£490
n/a
n/a
Mayfly,
Top beat
£565
£690
n/a
n/a
12th May to 8th June
Good beat
£399
£550
n/a
n/a
Off-peak dates,
Top beat
£395
£510
£330
£420
April, July & Aug. Good beat
£295
£445
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 sensible for one fly fishing instructor to try to teach more than two novice fly fishers simultaneously on a river but we can teach larger groups by us providing more than one fly fishing instructor and we can do days for three or four nivices with one shared instructor at a stillwater location. It is fun for small groups of family, friends or colleagues to take a day out together on this most special of rivers to learn the art of fly fishing. Call us for a quote for group sizes of three or more people.

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A fly fishing lesson could make an ideal birthday, Christmas, anniversary or retirement present. Our gift vouchers are open dated and valid for two years.

How about coming out from London for a short break? Not far from the river are many great accommodation options including hotels, inns and bed & breakfasts. The superb ancient city of Winchester is just a 15 minute drive away and is an ideal base for fishing the River Test and for visiting the surrounding area. And the small old town of Stockbridge is actually on the river and large Trout can be spotted in the High Street! For more detailed 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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