Day Rod Lettings
We invite you to visit us in the heart of Wessex chalk stream country to fish the fabled waters of the Rivers Test, Itchen, Anton, Avon and Nadder—surely some of the finest dry fly fishing in the UK.

Chalk stream dry fly fishing is the ultimate fishing experience and the prime beats of these rivers are highly coveted. Much of the fishing is in the hands of private syndicates and there is comparatively little 'day ticket' fishing available. At Orvis, we are fortunate to actually own two beats ourselves and also offer fishing on a selection of other exclusive stretches. Trust in our 30 years of experience to help you find the right fishing with the very best local guides.

We are accepting enquiries for bookings in the 2014 season.
Please contact us directly on sportingadventures@orvis.co.uk, or call Sporting Adventures at 01264 349515.


Overview of Chalkstream Fishing
Chalk streams have the unique quality of rarely flooding or drying out. During the heavy rains or sudden thaws, the water is absorbed by the valley into the underlying chalk and later distributed through springs to the stream. This means the trout's habitat is rarely disturbed, and scouring floods do not deplete his food. This freedom from flooding is also very important to the fisherman, as chalk streams are almost always fishable regardless of weather conditions.



Orvis Fishing Beats
If you want to understand the essence of fly fishing, you need to journey to the chalk streams of England at least once in your lifetime. Here, amidst the green, rural countryside and the quaint villages flow the rivers where fly fishing was born. To cast a fly on the Test, Itchen and kindred waters is to step far back in angling history, to a time when it was a gentleman's pursuit and the pace of the sporting life allowed for a deep enjoyment of time on the river.

We can put you on the best private waters in Wessex, only a few hours drive from London. You can sample chalk streams at their finest. The Orvis waters are renowned amongst anglers and our local guides will introduce you to the waters they know like the back of their weathered hands.

The Orvis shop at Stockbridge is a great resource, and the friendly staff will be glad to assist with information about the most suitable flies. Click here for telephone, address information and driving directions to our Stockbridge shop.

Choose from any of our exciting Day-Rod Lettings:
Kimbridge Timsbury 5
Abbots Worthy (Itchen) Upper Test at Longparish
River Nadder River Anton (Goodworth Clatford)
Upper Avon at Manningford River Test (Wherwell Estate)
  Meadow Fishery



Kimbridge
Our 'Ginger Beer' beat is our flagship piece of the Test. It has a long history dating back to the Doomsday book. This productive beat is a third of a mile in length with a medium flow rate, with interesting shallows and a bubbling top pool. The beat can be booked exclusively for the day with a guide for up to 5 rods but can accommodate up to 10 for a corporate fun day on the river. Our thatched fishing lodge and easy access make it ideal for entertaining. This beat is extremely popular—early booking is recommended.


Dates, Pricing, and General Information for Kimbridge:

  2 Rods 3 Rods 4 Rods Additional Rods (per rod)
Low Season:
3rd April - 30th April
14th July - 31st August
1st October - 15th October
£400 £460 £613 £153
Prime Season:
1st May - 14th May
9th June - 13th July
1st September - 30th September
N/A £550 £733 £183
Mayfly Period:
15th May - 8th June
N/A £675 £900 £225

Full 3 rod bi-weekly season syndicate (17 days for 3 rods) £7,200+VAT
Guide/Instructor Day Rate £150 per Guide required

Guided days are inclusive of tackle hire if required.
To book a Day Rod Letting at Kimbridge, please call Orvis Sporting Adventures on 01264-349515 or email sportingadventures@orvis.co.uk


Syndicate Memberships for the Kimbridge Fishery
kimbridge fishery syndicate A rare opportunity to take a syndicate membership on one of the most famous chalkstream rivers, said to be the home of modern fly fishing. The Ginger Beer beat is a flagship beat of the River Test.

The syndicate membership will entitle the member to fish up to three rods on a specified day every fortnight within the trout season running from 3rd April – 31st October 2014, including the annual weedcut periods.

Click here for full details and prices.



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Timsbury 5
The Timsbury 5 beat is mid to lower stretch of the main river Test with an idyllic chalkstream carrier. There is just under half a mile of main river fishing and 370 yeards of carrier, which is catch and release. The main river has a moderate flow rate with shallows and deep runs. It has good aquatic fly with a good mayfly and prolific sedge hatches later in the summer. This beat can accommodate up to 5 rods and can be booked exclusively with a guide.


Dates, Pricing, and General Information for Timsbury 5:

  2 Rods 3 Rods 4 Rods Additional Rods (per rod)
Low Season:
14th July - 31st August
£295 £420 £560 £140
Prime Season:
1st May - 14th May
9th June - 13th July
1st September - 30th September
N/A £520 £693 £173
Mayfly Period:
15th May - 8th June
N/A £625 £833 £208

Guide/Instructor Day Rate £150 per Guide required

Guided days are inclusive of tackle hire if required.
To book a Day Rod Letting at Timsbury 5, please call Orvis Sporting Adventures on 01264-349515 or email sportingadventures@orvis.co.uk


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Abbots Worthy (Itchen)
Our Abbots Worthy beat on the River Itchen is about a third of a mile with single and double bank fishing. It is the most challenging of our pieces of water for casting and stalking, as it is clear all year round with good aquatic fly life providing plenty of hatches, including Iron Blue and Large Dark Olive in good numbers and even the rare Turkey Brown. Most of the River Itchen is a conservation area under SSSI management. We are promoting catch and release on this stretch to preserve its native brown trout. It can accommodate up to 3 rods and can be booked exclusively with a ghillie for the day. This beat is also home to some superb grayling with fish to over 3lbs caught each season.


Dates, Pricing, and General Information for Abbots Worthy (Itchen):

  2 Rods 3 Rods 4 Rods Additional Rods (per rod)
Low Season:
3rd April - 30th April
14th July - 31st August
1st October - 15th October
£195 £292 N/A N/A
Prime Season:
1st May - 14th May
9th June - 13th July
1st September - 30th September
£250 £375 N/A N/A
Mayfly Period:
15th May - 8th June
£300 £450 N/A N/A

Guide/Instructor Day Rate £150 per Guide required

Guided days are inclusive of tackle hire if required.
To book a Day Rod Letting at Abbots Worthy (Itchen), please call Orvis Sporting Adventures on 01264-349515 or email sportingadventures@orvis.co.uk


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Upper Test at Longparish
The ultimate chalkstream experience. Three-quarters miles of gin-clear, fast, shallow water with some pools, and wading over weeded gravel runs. Mainly double bank. The perfect dry fly beat. This is an idyllic location on a totally private estate. Please call us for more detailed information.


Dates, Pricing, and General Information for Upper Test at Longparish:

  2 Rods 3 Rods 4 Rods Additional Rods (per rod)
Upper Test at Longparish:
Subject to availability
N/A N/A N/A Call for availability

Guided only. £150 per Guide required


To book a Day Rod Letting at Upper Test at Longparish, please call Orvis Sporting Adventures on 01264-349515 or email sportingadventures@orvis.co.uk


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River Nadder
We have access to some of the finest fishing on the whole of the River Nadder in the most beautiful surroundings. It extends to seven beats, over 2½ miles, and is regularly stocked with both brown and rainbow trout. Fly life is plentiful, with a particularly spectacular Mayfly season. The whole is immaculately keepered.


Dates, Pricing, and General Information for River Nadder:

  2 Rods 3 Rods 4 Rods Additional Rods (per rod)
River Nadder:
Must be booked with guide.
£445 N/A N/A N/A

Guided only. £150 per Guide required


To book a Day Rod Letting on the River Nadder, please call Orvis Sporting Adventures on 01264-349515 or email sportingadventures@orvis.co.uk


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River Anton (Goodworth Clatford)
This is a superb two rod beat set in idyllic surroundings, one of the Test Valley’s best kept “secret” fishing locations. This secluded tributary to the Test meanders through pasture, woodland and has unspoilt natural bank sides. The fishing provides classic chalkstream style dry fly fishing to rising fish as the water enjoys consistent hatches of aquatic fly life throughout the seasons. Available every Friday except during weedcut.


Dates, Pricing, and General Information for River Anton (Goodworth Clatford):

  2 Rods 3 Rods 4 Rods Additional Rods (per rod)
River Anton (Goodworth Clatford):
Must be booked with guide.
£350 N/A N/A N/A

Guided only. £150 per Guide required


To book a Day Rod Letting at River Anton (Goodworth Clatford), please call Orvis Sporting Adventures on 01264-349515 or email sportingadventures@orvis.co.uk


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Upper Avon at Manningford
This water is divided into three beats and covers three miles of water. It is possible to take a beat for the day or have shared access to all beats. A total of 6 anglers are allowed. the Upper Avon is 3-4 metres wide at this point and meanders through light woodland and meadows. Fishing is for wild brown trout and grayling, it is lightly stocked. The beats are not heavily manicured but well presented to allow good access whilst remaining interesting and providing a secluded and rewarding day. A guide is available if required at an extra cost.


Dates, Pricing, and General Information for Upper Avon at Manningford:

  1 Rod 2 Rods 3 Rods Additional Rods (per rod)
Upper Avon at Manningford:
Subject to availability.
£75 N/A N/A N/A

Guided only. £150 per Guide required


To book a Day Rod Letting at Upper Avon at Manningford, please call Orvis Sporting Adventures on 01264-349515 or email sportingadventures@orvis.co.uk


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River Test (Wherwell Estate)
Set in the centre of beautiful rural Hampshire, this well established country estate offers a number of Brown Trout beats providing a variety of tranquil fishing experiences. There are 8 separate beats available, they include a good contrast of main river and intimate carriers flowing through moorland meadows and secluded woodland. All the beats available, large and small, will provide classic up stream dry fly fishing to sighted fish. To further tempt the fisherman there is also possible access to a lake well stocked with hard fighting Rainbow Trout.


Dates, Pricing, and General Information for River Test (Wherwell Estate):

River Test (Wherwell Estate): 2 Rods 3 Rods 4 Rods Additional Rods (per rod)
Subject to availability. £320 N/A N/A N/A
During Mayfly Period £435 N/A N/A N/A

Guided only. £150 per Guide required


To book a Day Rod Letting at River Test (Wherwell Estate), please call Orvis Sporting Adventures on 01264-349515 or email sportingadventures@orvis.co.uk


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Meadow Fishery
A remote and very secluded, tree lined fishery comprising a series of 3 to 4 metre wide Test carriers meandering away from a central fishing hut. Fishing this one-mile of mainly double bank water is entertaining and largely involves a stalking technique following the many bends and deep runs in pursuit of well stocked and hard fighting rainbow and native brown trout. The water can be booked for a single rod or exclusively for a party of six.


Dates, Pricing, and General Information for Meadow Fishery:

  1 Rod 2 Rods 3 Rods Additional Rods (per rod)
Meadow Fishery:
Tuesdays only.
£175 N/A N/A N/A

Guided only. £150 per Guide required


To book a Day Rod Letting at Meadow Fishery, please call Orvis Sporting Adventures on 01264-349515 or email sportingadventures@orvis.co.uk


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Recommended Equipment
All of our beats can be comfortably fished with a 9' #5 weight rod, but it is great fun to fish the smaller carriers with lighter rods. Many of our regular clients now fish with shorter #3 and #4 weight models, particularly later in the year, but just remember in Mayfly time you will need some "firepower" to comfortably turn over the bigger patterns.

Rod

Upper Avon and Carriers

Itchen and Test Beats
Rod Length 7' - 8' 6" 8' 6" - 10"
Action Full flex or Mid flex Mid flex or Tip flex
Line Size 3-5# 4-6#

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Terms and Conditions
Our procedure for booking our river beats for the day are as follows: (1) To reserve a day on one of our beats, please call Sporting Adventures on 01264 349515, and we will be delighted to discuss the correct beat according to your requirements and ability; (2) We require at least two-days notice, but prefer a week, subject to beat and Guide availability; (3) All bookings will be confirmed in writing.

Payment
Payment for our fly-fishing trips is required 14 days prior to the day booked, by valid credit card or cheque.

Cancellations
Cancellation in good time gives other clients the chance to fish. All cancellations must be made one month in advance to guarantee no charge. Orvis reserves the right to charge up to the full amount for late cancellations of our fly-fishing schools and trips. A 50% refund will be given if cancellations are made 14 days prior. We will, however, treat each instance fairly, based on late cancellations of our fly-fishing schools, day lettings or trips.

Meeting
Generally, we ask you to meet your Guide at our shop in Stockbridge at 9 a.m., where he will be happy to give you advice on suitable terminal tackle, such as tippet, leaders and flies for the beat you are fishing. However, alternative meeting arrangements may be made with prior agreement.

Environment Agency Rod Licence
The responsibility for obtaining this (non-migratory trout) licence is the liability of each individual fisherman. These can be bought for a day, month, or annually, and can be obtained at any Post Office, or directly from the Environmental Agency website. Important: It is a legal requirement to be in possession of a valid EA licence before you commence fishing.

Dogs
We would request that you do not bring your animals for the day, as this can create difficult situations on the riverbank.

The Guide
Our Guides combine the role of gillie, qualified instructor, amiable companion and riverside valet, their joint knowledge would be the envy of any trout fisherman. Your Guide is there to assist you as much or as little as you may require. He will help you set up your tackle and generally advise you what flies are suitable for the particular beat. Our guides normally accompany you between 9.00am and 6pm. If you want to fish on into the evening, please just let the fishing department know when you book.

Fishing Course Bookings
These can be made through Sporting Adventures, who will be able to guide you to the correct course according to your ability and requirements. A deposit will be required for each booking as a confirmation of your booking. All cancellations must be made one month prior to date of advertised course to guarantee no charge (see cancellations). Please contact Sporting Adventures on 01264 349515 or email sportingadventures@orvis.co.uk to make your booking.

The Non-Fisherman
If members of your family do not fish, they are certain to find the area charming and fun to explore. The area offers excellent sight seeing: Danebury with its Iron Age fortress, and Stonehenge with its mysterious standing stones; the cathedrals at Salisbury and Winchester; the Norman Abbey at Romsey, and great houses such as Wilton and Broadlands.


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