My book Life of a Chalkstream
is now out in paperback.
STUFF FOR JULY
Escape the heat of the summer. Click here to sort my 14 wading beats.
Grab the chance to get on the river at the last minute. Use this link to check dates and you could be fishing today!
FISHING BY TRAIN
Step from the train and on to the river. Dunbridge (Dun) and Shawford Park (Itchen) are just a few yards, plus 5 others under a mile.
Chalkstream Fly Fishing in Berkshire
Fishing Breaks offers the widest selection of the very best chalk stream brown trout dry fly and nymph fishing in the county of Berkshire.
The undulating Lambourn Downs are the chalk hills that feed the lovely streams of Berkshire. The Rivers Kennet Lambourn, Loddon and Pang are best known for their clear, cold water, which creates the ideal spawning conditions for wild trout and grayling.
Fishing Breaks has three beats on the two main rivers. Benham Estate and Barton Court on the River Kennet and Donnington Grove on the River Lambourn. The latter is a great stream for wading and sight fishing, while the other two offer a huge variety of main river, side streams and carriers in which you can truly lose yourself.
The season on the Lambourn opens in mid-April and at the start of May on the Kennet. Expect a good hawthorn hatch early on, followed by a stupendous mayfly hatch and then a mixture of olives, sedges and terrestrials later in the year.
All the beats are are easy to reach from the M4 and are an hour from
London Paddington by train.
John has lived amongst the streams of Berkshire for many years and has grown to know them better than any other guide. He says of the streams of this royal county, 'The River Kennet is rated by many to be as good as the Test and the mayfly hatches can be so heavy that they look like a snowstorm. The Lambourn has the coldest and crystal-clear water of any chalkstream in the country, the wild fish grow to about 1lb with a monster at 1lb 4oz and the flies used can be as small as size 22 - dry fly fishing at its best.'
You may read more about John Stephens on the Fishing Guides page. If you wish to pick John’s brain, email him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org All diary and booking enquiries should be made direct to Fishing Breaks.
The trout season runs from April to September, with grayling all winter on the Lambourn. The hawthorn hatch happens around the end of April, with the mayfly running from mid-May to the end of the second week in June. In the second half of the season small flies, delicately fished, are the secret weapons. For more fishing advice and to buy flies click here.
Top Berkshire Flies:
Recommended outfit: 7.5-8.5ft rod, with 3-5wt floating line Tippet to 2lb/6x. Waders required at Donnington Grove only.