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The Mill
Heathman Street
Nether Wallop
Hampshire SO20 8EW
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2016 Season Rods

Season, or syndicate rods as they are sometimes known, is a popular option for taking fishing across the year that represents a considerable saving on day rod rates. But the saving aside this is a great way to get to know a fishery well, enjoying the company of fellow anglers and the river keeper.

The exact format varies from fishery to fishery, but in broad terms you will pick an allocation of fishing days that are evenly spread across the season, generally April to October. There is often the flexibility to change dates at short notice, the option to bring a guest or buy additional days at a discount.


River Test 5 x 5

Here is a great chance to fish across a range of beats on the River Test and its tributaries. The valley is 39 miles from source to estuary so you will be able to fish from the shallow, gin clear headwaters to the wide, majestic lower sections.

With a different beat each month of the season and a handy discount on the standard day rod rates the 5x5 is the ideal explorers ticket.

  • May              The Parsonage (Test)
  • June             Dunbridge (Dun)
  • July               Bullington Manor (Dever)
  • August          Whitchurch Fulling Mill (Test)
  • September  Broadlands (Test)

The 5x5 ticket is £895. Dates may be selected at the time of booking or as the season progresses. There is a 4x4 ticket at £685 which excludes May.


River Kennet Barton Court

Full Rod
A nominated day (e.g. Wednesday) each week from May 1 – September 30. £1,445.

Half Rod
A nominated day each fortnight from May 1 – September 30. There is a certain amount of flexibility to change days outside the busy Mayfly period, subject to the owners’ discretion. £735.


River Kennet Benham Estate

Benham Park

Full Rod Fish any day of the season* plus 8 guest days £2,100. Half Rod One day per week plus 4 guest days £1,200. 

The season runs May 1 – September 30. *The fishery is closed on Thursdays.


River Nadder Compton Chamberlayne

Full Rod
Fishing for two Rods every fourth day of the season, April 24 - October 8. There are vacancies for 2016. £4,536.



River Dun Dunbridge

Full Rod
Fishing one day every week of the season (April 25 – October 9) for one Rod. Additional benefits include flexibility on day of the week (including weekends) plus six guest tickets. £2,995.

Half Rod
One day each fortnight for one Rod. Additional benefits include flexibility on day of the week (including weekends) plus three guest tickets. £1,795.


NEW River Dun School Farm

Full Rod
Fishing one day every week of the season (April 25 – October 16) for two Rods. £5,995.

Half Rod
One day each fortnight for two Rods. £2,995. 


River Test The Parsonage

Full rod
Two days a month May-September, plus one day in October. Additional benefits include two guest tickets (one in Mayfly period) and unlimited changes to dates within a 14 day notice period. £1,650.

Half rod
Two days in May and one in June-September. Additional benefits include unlimited changes to dates within a 14 day notice period. £975.


River Test Wherwell Priory

Full Rod
A day a week throughout the season either on a Tuesday. £3,741. Sold out. Waiting list.

Mini Rod
Five days in the second part of the season; two in August, two in September and one in October on a selected days. For more details contact  Clare Hogg or us £960


River Test Whitchurch Fulling Mill

Season Rod
Two days a month May – September. Additional benefits include two guest tickets, plus a 50% discount on additional guest tickets. Unlimited changes to dates within a 14 day notice period. This is a wading beat. £1,535.

If you would like any more information or would like to view any of the beats prior to making a commitment, please contact Simon Cooper. All prices include VAT.

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