My book Life of a Chalkstream
is now out in paperback.
STUFF FOR JULY
Escape the heat of the summer. Click here to sort my 14 wading beats.
Grab the chance to get on the river at the last minute. Use this link to check dates and you could be fishing today!
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org All diary and booking enquiries should be made to Fishing Breaks.
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:
Recommended outfit: 7.5-8.5ft rod, with 3-5wt floating line. Tippet to 2lb/6x. Waders required at Upavon Farm only.