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The River Test

Very famous and very good

The River Test is without doubt the most famous fly fishing river in Britain if not in the world....and its only around 70 miles south west from central London making it very easy to get to from London either by car or by train. The main Trout and Grayling fly fishing beats are situated in Hampshire between the towns of Andover and Romsey. The M3 and A303 motorways take you south westward to within easy striking distance of the river. Also fast trains connect London Waterloo station with Winchester and Andover and our guide would collect you from there if you'd rather take a train than drive out. It is a different world from London down in the Hampshire countryside with a patchwork of water meadows, fields, woods and streams.

The River Test is mostly fairly narrow, clear and shallow in its superb upper reaches but downstream nearer to Romsey it becomes a wide river with deeps and shallows. Regarding fish species it contains wild and stocked Brown Trout and wild Grayling and in the downstream half of the river Rainbow Trout are also stocked. Being a chalkstream the water never becomes muddy and often it is possible to see the fish you are trying to catch which makes for exciting fishing. It has a very rich food supply for the fish with a superb Mayfly hatch in most seasons. Excellent fly fishing is available on the River Test all year round, except from mid-March to early-April when it is closed.

Go Fly Fishing UK do guided days and fly fishing tuition days at many excellent locations on the River Test from Romsey upstream to Longparish and also on the superb River Anton (which joins the River Test near to the famous 'Mayfly' pub). Our Chalk Streams River Test web page contains more detail on what to expect when taking a day on this river, tackle, tactics, prices, etc. Our days start at £209 for a day for one person in the autumn/winter Grayling season and from £300 for a day in the spring/summer Trout fishing season. Contact us for a specific quote for your required date and number of people. Note that we do not provide just day rod beat access to fish without a guide/instructor.

Fly fishing on the River Test

How about coming out of London for a short break. Local to the river are many great accommodation options including manor house hotels, country hotels, inns and bed & breakfasts. The small old town of Stockbridge is an ideal base for fishing the Test and for visiting the surrounding area as is the superb ancient city of Winchester. For more detailed information about the non-fishing highlights of the River Test area please click here.

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

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"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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