Chalkstream fly fishing with Fishing Breaks  

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The Mill
Heathman Street
Nether Wallop
STOCKBRIDGE
Hampshire SO20 8EW
T: 01264 781988
F: 01264 782590
info@fishingbreaks.co.uk
www.fishingbreaks.co.uk

 

Chalkstream Fly Fishing in Dorset

Fishing Breaks offers the widest selection of the very best chalk stream brown trout dry fly and nymph fishing in the county of Dorset.

Our rivers | Your guide | Places to stay | Fishing advice and flies | Maps

Thomas Hardy made Dorset his own where the rivers of the county interweave through the pages of his Wessex novels, with Tess of the D’Urbervilles buried on the banks of the River Frome.

The Rivers Frome and Allen are remarkable success stories in the preservation of our chalkstreams. A small group of locals were at the forefront of the drive to protect and improve these trout streams more than two decades ago, so that we are now at the point where all the Wessex streams have healthy, self-sustaining wild trout populations.

Dorset is a great county to fish and visit, with its amazing Jurassic Coast, mighty Iron Age castles, chocolate box villages like Shaftesbury and the boastful Cerne Abbas Giant.


Our rivers

 

River Allen Wimborne St Giles

Truly the most peaceful fishing you’ll ever find.

 
  

River Frome Wrackleford

The best managed fishing on the whole of the Frome.

 


Your fishing guide - Tony King

 Tony divides his time between his river-keeping work, guiding and taking his boat out along the Dorset coast for sea bass on the fly.

He has some sound advice. ‘On my rivers you fish the water, rather than the fish, which are often devilishly hard to spot. The best method is to get below a run between the weed and work the water with delicately presented dries, on the lightest of tippets. That said, when the hatches come on (we have a fantastic grannom hatch in April), the river boils and it is just a case of getting the right fly in the right place for a bumper day.’

You can read more about Tony King on the Fishing Guides page. If you wish to pick Tony’s brain, email him at tony@fishingbreaks.co.uk All diary and booking enquiries should be made to Fishing Breaks.



Fishing advice and flies

Of all British chalkstreams Dorset opens the first, on April 1st, with some cracking early-season fishing and a good mayfly from mid May. June onwards is a delight.

Top Dorset flies:

April
Grannom  (16)

 

May
French Partridge (10)

 

June
Black Gnat (16)
GRHE (16-18)

         

July
Elk Hair Caddis (14)
PTN (16-18)

 

August
Light Hendrikson (16-18)

 

September
Pale Water Spinner (16)


Recommended outfit:
7.5-8.5ft rod, of 3-5wt
floating line
tippet to 2lb/6x
all flies barbless or de barbed.
waders are required at Bere Regis;
useful, but not essential at
Wimborne St. Giles and Wrackleford.


Places to stay and visit

Top luxury hotel and spa: Summer Lodge, Evershot

Top country pub: Brace of Pheasants, Plush

Top gastro pub: Museum Inn, Farnham

Top local pubThe Greyhound, Sydling St Nicholas

Top place to visit: Lulworth Cove and Jurassic Coast

> View the full Fishing Breaks accommodation guide

Maps

County map
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1 Wimborne St Giles
2 Wrackleford
3 Sea Bass

River Allen
River Frome
Weymouth

 

County overview

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Fishing Breaks Ltd, The Mill, Heathman Street, Nether Wallop
Stockbridge, Hampshire SO20 8EW
Tel: 01264 781988. Fax: 01264 782590. E-mail: info@fishingbreaks.co.uk