Chalkstream fly fishing with Fishing Breaks  

“Insight into a wonderful corner of the land.”

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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


Chalkstream Fly Fishing in Wiltshire

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

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

Wiltshire has an amazing chalkstream heritage. It was the home of Frank Sawyer, inventor of the Pheasant Tail Nymph and has the most extraordinary variety of streams – the Nadder and Wylye are the best-kept secrets in dry fly circles.

These two rivers, plus the River Avon, offer a range of choice at great value for anyone who likes to fish alone or with a few friends. The season opens on all the rivers in mid April with the mayfly hatch starting in mid-to-late May, with these remarkable insects still around in July.

This is a county that welcomes visitors with its world famous landmarks: Salisbury Cathedral on the water meadows of the River Avon and Stonehenge. Many of the villages are lovely places to stay with inns such as The Lamb at Hindon or The Angel at Heytesbury.

Our rivers


River Avon Avon Springs

Franks Sawyer’s famous River Avon


River Avon Upavon Farm

All wild fish and wading beat


River Nadder Compton Chamberlayne

The quiet of Wiltshire's sheep-grazed valleys


River Wyle Fisherton de la Mere

Lovely beat on the River Wylye between Salisbury and Warminster


Your fishing guide - Marcus McCorkell

 Marcus McCorkell is a great fan of the Wiltshire streams, living as he does on the county border with Dorset.

‘Having been bought up in Dorset, the Avon and its tributaries were an eye-opening discovery. The bigger rivers, larger fish and faster flows made me change my tactics: less of the commando-style stalking on wild streams to more of the leisurely spotting of feeding fish, selecting the right fly and laying a perfect line across the water.’

You may read more about Marcus McCorkell on the Fishing Guides page. If you wish to pick Marcus’s brain, email him at All diary and booking enquiries should be made to Fishing Breaks.

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Places of interest



Frank Sawyer

Inventor of the Pheasant Tail Nymph

Salisbury Cathedral

Magna Carta & River Avon

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Fishing advice and flies

The Wiltshire trout season runs from April to October, with grayling all winter on the Avon. The hawthorn hatch happens around the end of April, with the mayfly running from mid-May into June and then sporadically right through July, which is unique to the Avon. For more fishing advice and to buy flies click here.

Top Wiltshire Flies:

Dark Olive (14-16)


Deer Hair Mayfly (8-10)


Black Gnat (16-20)

Elk Hair Caddis (14)


Black Sedge (14) and
GRHE (16-18)


Cul de Canard (16-18)

Recommended outfit: 7.5-8.5ft rod, with 3-5wt floating line. Tippet to 2lb/6x. Waders required at Upavon Farm only.

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1 Avon Springs

River Avon

2 Compton Chamberlayne

River Nadder

3 Fisherton de la Mere

River Wylye

4 Upavon Farm

River Avon


County overview

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