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Two days on the river, a campfire at dusk and a night under canvas with the sound of the stream to lull you to sleep. Summer dates now out.
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NEW A week just fly fishing could the summer holidays get any better? Summer programme now out.
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The perfect antidote to work. Two magnificent River Test venues and Nether Wallop Mill. Now booking Mayfly dates.
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Your favourite beat, on the day you want it for the season ahead. All the options, on all the rivers.
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The Mill
Heathman Street
Nether Wallop
Hampshire SO20 8EW
T: 01264 781988
F: 01264 782590


About the One Fly
Rules and scoring
Contact us
2015 Results
2015 Video

2016 Entry Form
Our supporters
Press articles
2015 -2008 Results

The Story of 2015

The Story of 2014

The Story of 2013


This year the River Test One Fly is back for a ninth year supported by the Fly Fishing Film Tour and the Iron Man Fly Tying Challenge in association with Orvis. The two days are a celebration of everything that is great about fly fishing, so do join us to open a new season on the banks of the River Test in Stockbridge.


In association with Orvis this competition challenges all-comers to create the perfect fly within 15 minutes, but with a twist. The contestants are given no prior knowledge of the fly-tying materials. At the sound of the bell each is given an identical bag of fur, feathers, dubbing, flashy materials and hooks. What and how they tie is up to them, the outcome only limited by their skill, imagination and the ticking down of the clock. Just to spice up the challenge even more, a mystery material is given to each contestant half way through the first round. This must be included somewhere in the finished fly! When time is up luminaries from the fly tying industry will judge the flies, eliminating all but three of the contestants who go forward to compete in a winner-takes-all tie-off the same evening.

Come along and enjoy the spectacle - entry is free. Orvis Store, High Street, Stockbridge, Hampshire, S020 6HB from 6-7pm. To enter or for more details email Simon Cooper.

FLY FISHING FILM TOUR – Thursday April 21st

The Fly Fishing Film Tour it is back for a third year. The six short films are some of the most heart-pounding fly fishing films you will ever see, filmed at amazing locations around the globe. If this doesn’t make you want to fish, nothing will!

Tickets will go on sale March 1st 2016. Venue: The Hatch Room, Grosvenor Hotel, High Street, Stockbridge, SO20 6EU. Show starts 7.30pm.To see clips and learn more visit To pre-order tickets email Simon Cooper.

RIVER TEST ONE FLY – Friday April 22nd

The River Test One Fly is hosted by kind invitation of Lucy Townsend and all the team at The Greyhound on the Test in Stockbridge. The One Fly is open to all-comers as teams of three or individuals. The fishing day runs from 10am-4pm, with a welcome breakfast and beat draw taking place at The Greyhound at 8.15am with the prizes handed out over tea at 5.30pm. All fish are released and all competitors are accompanied by a Fishing Guide who acts as guide, scorer and confidante.

It is a tremendous event – I hope you can make it. Click here for the entry form. The Greyhound, High Street, Stockbridge, Hampshire, S020 6HB.

About the One Fly

The idea for the River Test One Fly was conceived by Fishing Breaks founder Simon Cooper having competed in the American equivalent since 2005. Though he has never come close to winning, every year Simon makes the 5,000 mile trek to Wyoming with ever increasing excitement. For this is a contest that pits man against man and fish against fly – it is an unequal contest as the trout always win, but you can share the passion of one of the world’s truly great fly fishing events which is now held in England, the home of fly fishing.

But the clue to the difference to other fly fishing tournaments is in the name - the One Fly is exactly that – at 10am every competitor selects and ties on the fly that must last all day – lose it and you’re out! Points are awarded on a sliding scale according to the number and length of fish caught. There are no cash prizes – just the glory and kudos of winning.


2015 One Fly

A new venue, new beats and more teams that ever before gave the 2015 competition that little bit of edge as the anglers and guides, new and old gathered at The Greyhound in Stockbridge. There were a few glances to the heavens, recalling last year when it rained relentlessly from dawn to dusk. But with good cloud cover, a light breeze and just a very slight chill to air after an over warm week this looked a perfect fishing day. So it proved.

By lunchtime the scores were stacking up; the fish total had already surpassed the 2014 full day tally. Six teams were vying for first place, with scores of a thousand points plus, a total usually considered good for a whole day. As the teams returned there was no real inkling as to who had won as so many different beats had produced so many good scores. In the final analysis the top five places were taken by five different beats covering four different rivers with 184 fish between them. That compares with 154 fish for the entire competition last year, which gives you some indication of just how good the fishing and fishers were this year. The total on the day was 409 fish, not including a chub to a dry fly at Broadlands!

When the results were in the winner was Stream Dreamers led by John Graham a richly deserved reward as they have taken part in every One Fly since its inception. The winning angler was Marcus Janssen competing for the first time with a long time One Fly guide Brian Raw, who caught 48 fish on a Pheasant Tail/Hares ear combo nymph, similar to the fly that won in 2010. The Estate prize went to Compton Chamberlayne who had been knocking on the door for the past two years with Benham Estate and Avon Springs picking up the section awards. The Big Fish prize with a 24” fish apiece was shared by Jan Grimstone and Alistair Robjent.

A huge thank you must go to The Greyhound on the Test for hosting the day, all the rivers owners for providing the fishing and I am pleased to say the day raised £750 for our chosen charity the Alex Lewis Trust.

See you in 2016!



Stream Dreamers

John Graham/Alastair Robjent/Marcus Janssen

2525 points



Darren Dodd/Wes Boyd/Chris Banks



Minley Manor Moustaches

Grant Harrower/Iain Shone/Paul Quilliam




Marcus Janssen & Brian Raw

1370 points


Grant Harrower & Charlie Patrick



Brian Reid & Dave Barnes




Compton Chamberlayne


Whitchurch Fulling Mill


Benham Estate

Two time previous winners The Dream Team suffered a reverse this year but promise to be back on top in 2016

Our nominated charity the Alex Lewis Trust collected a cheque for £750.

The Pheasant Tail Nymph was the most used pattern but the runaway winner in both points and number of fish caught was the Pheasant Tai Nymph Hares Ear combination with a silver tungsten bead and red butt.

This was shared by Jan Grimstone (River Test/Wherwell Priory) and Alastair Robjent (River Itchen/Kings Worthy) who both measured a 24” fish on their respective beats.

Past Winners







in Full


Stream Dreamers

Marcus Janssen

Brian Raw

Compton Chamberlayne




Minley Manor Moustaches

Grant Harrower

Clayton Moorhouse

The Boathouse

Robjents Daddy Long Legs



Dream Team/Fly Fish Map

Mark Williams

Stuart Tanner

Whitchurch Fulling Mill

Pheasant Tail Nymph



Not contested - London Olympics and Diamond Jubilee year


Dream Team

Ed Burgass

Nick Parish

Whitchurch Fulling Mill

Ducking Feadly



Jeremy Croucher

Chas House

Whitchurch Fulling Mill

Pheasant Tail Hare's Ear



The Field

Nick Zoll

Marcus McCorkell

Wherwell Priory




Trout & Salmon

Howard Taylor

Howard Bennett

Wherwell Priory

Pheasant Tail Nymph


Press articles

Trout and Salmon - June 2014

Editor Andrew Flitcroft charts his two attempts at the One Fly.

Chris Sandford – April 2013

Dream Team captain traces the successes (and failures!) of the Dream Team over the One Fly day in a 9 minute video

Fly Fishing & Fly Tying – July 2011
A member of the winning 2011 River Test One Fly team shows you how to tie the fly he used.

FieldSports – Summer 2011

About the 2011 River Test One Fly contest.

Total Fly fisher– July 2011

About the 2011 River Test One Fly contest.

Mail on Sunday – June 2011

Chris Tarrant on his winning day and winning ways.

Waterlog - November 2010

Chris Sandford ties the flies and fishes the fly for The Dream Team


Fly Fishing & Fly Tying – October 2009

A Guides eye view of the 2009 River Test One Fly

The Field magazine – July 2009

Editor Jonathan Young recounts with great hilarity on how his team lifted the trophy.

Country Life Magazine – May 2009

David Profumo tells all from the River Test One Fly competition

Country Life Magazine May 2008

Country Life editor Mark Hedges spills the beans

Financial Times January 2008 - 2.5mb

Fear of Flying - The FT's Richard Donkin tells why he is fishing the River Test One Fly in April.

2016 Entry Form

Date of competition: Friday April 22nd

Entries close: January 31st 2016

Individual entry

Team Entry












Team Name:

Tel. no:


Your address:


Individual entries will be allocated a team by the organiser. Any special requests will be fulfilled if possible. For team entries names may be changed/left open until 28 days prior to the competition. The cost of entry is £325/person. The organiser will contact you for payment.

Our Supporters

The River Test One Fly could not happen without the help of a great many people - apologies to anyone accidentally omitted.

Avon Springs – Barrie Bawden
Benham Estate
Broadlands - Neil Freeman & Jon Hall
Bullington Manor – the Bond family
Compton Chamberlayne Estate - John Newman
Fisherton de la Mere – Robin Thompson
Dunbridge – Jo O’Brien
Donnington Grove Country Club
Fisherton de la Mere – Robina Thompson
Lower Itchen Fishery – Lyndsey Farmiloe
Orvis Co.
Salterton House – Anthony Edwards
School Farm – Caspar Macdonald-Hall
The Boathouse – Eva & Nick Gordon-Creed
The Greyhound on the Test
The Parsonage - Jan Grimstone
Wherwell Priory - James & Clare Hogg
Whitchurch Fulling Mill – Richard Maitland

Rules and scoring

Click here to open PDF of the rules and scoring

Contact us

River Test One Fly HQ
Nether Wallop Mill
SO20 8EW
T: 01264 781988