My book Life of a Chalkstream
is now out in paperback.
STUFF FOR JULY
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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.
Fishing in England
Unlike some countries where rivers have public access usually for the cost of a licence, all rivers in England are privately owned with the fishing controlled by the landowner. Access is usually by payment to the landowner or via agents such as Fishing Breaks who represent the owners.
Who can fish and when?
The trout season runs from mid-April to late-October. Anyone may fish for a single day or more. Fishing is available for any number from one to small groups.
Guided service - This is our most popular option where you may arrive the night before or on the morning of fishing. A typical trip to the River Test reads like this:
Fishing and transportation from £470 a day for one or £645 for two. Accommodation extra.
Chalkstream experience – this fully personalised trip lets you explore and fish the wonderful chalkstream region exactly how you wish.
For a tailor-made package please email a summary of your requirements
Fish like a local – if you are able to make your own travel arrangements and have your own outfit this may be for you.
Where are the rivers?
The chalkstream region is just 75 miles to the south west of London, perfect for a single day or short trip. By car the journey is 90 minutes or the train from central London one hour. Our Guide service includes train station transfers.
Chalkstream fishing is not difficult but it is probably different to anything you may have experienced elsewhere. A Fishing Guide is a useful addition for any fishing trip providing advice, tackle, flies, local transportation and government licence.
Government fishing licence
If you have a Fishing Guide you are covered by our block licence. Otherwise we will show you how to buy the visitors version that may be purchased on-line in advance of your trip. The cost is only a few UK pounds.
Clothing and tackle
No specialist clothing is required as you are unlikely to experience any extremes of weather. Dress for a spring or summer day outside, with a hat, sunglasses, rain jacket as a backup and rugged or waterproof footwear. If the fishing requires waders we will tell you and you should bring your own. Tackle is typically a 3-5 wt outfit; bring you own or the Fishing Guide will provide everything you require. For more details click Planning your trip
Generally there is rain (over 0.25mm) one day in three
There are a great variety of hotels, inns and pubs close to the rivers. We do not make room reservations but we will help you make your choice. See the list of recommended places to stay
The chalkstream region is 65 miles south west of central London. There are excellent motorway connections and the train is only 1 hour. The fishing area is very compact and you can usually confine your fishing to a 10 mile radius of where you are staying. A car offers the most flexibility or the Fishing Guide will provide daily transportation. Otherwise a train, taxi or walking are options.
The international airports of Heathrow (57m/92km) and Gatwick (83m/133km) are within easy reach of Stockbridge, the heart of the chalk stream region. If travelling by car, train or taxi the journey time is 1 to 2 hours.
When to book
There is no hard and fast rule. Bookings are made many months in advance or on the spur of the moment.
How to book
Call +44 (0) 1264 781988 or e-mail us with a brief description of your travel plans and fishing requirements. We accept all major credit cards.
Click on this link Planning your trip