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River Avon

Rising on the Wiltshire/Berkshire border, the River Avon flows southward for over 40 miles until it reaches the sea at Christchurch. The lower sections are famous for salmon, including the legendary Royalty Bridge pool.

However, for trout fishermen the pick of the beats are upstream of Salisbury, especially over Salisbury Plain where Frank Sawyer, inventor of the Pheasant Tail Nymph, lived and keepered all his life.

AVON SPRINGS   since 2002

 

This lovely stretch of the River Avon is renowned for good brown trout and grayling. Immaculately cared for by the owners it has a high proportion of wild fish, plus fish reared on site that were the progeny of the original Avon native fish.

There is an abundance of insect life providing a varied food source with fly hatches that include mayfly, damselfly, sedge and many others. The ‘dry fly only’ rule is in force until June 1st after which traditional nymphs may be used.

The beat is shared by up to four rods. There is the option of the sporting ticket that allows you to swap between the lakes and river at will.

Ask about larger parties with exclusive use on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

River

Difficulty Tranquilty Wading Optional Check
Map Video

No. RODS
1-4

 

COMPARE

dogs
No Dogs

Cabin rating
3 stars

Rail Station9m

Acommodation
Onsite

Pub0.3m

“What a great little location Avon Springs is.”   “A fantastic day's sport; Avon Springs will stay in my mind probably until the day I die.”    “Fish quality, good facilities and friendly, helpful staff.”

Aternatives to consider Ratings explained
 

T&S
Read Trout & Salmon


River

April 14 – May 14

£94 per Rod

May 15 – June 14

£121 per Rod

June 15 – October 14

£94 per Rod

October 15 - February 28 (grayling)

£63 per Rod

River and 2 fish lake ticket

April 14 – May 14

£128 per Rod

May 15 – June 14

£155 per Rod

June 15 – October 14

£128 per Rod

October 15 - February 28 (grayling)

£97 per Rod

Lake 4 fish ticket

All year (8.30am-close*)

£64 per Rod

Lake 3 fish ticket

All year (8.30am-2pm or 2pm to close*)

£54 per Rod

Lake 2 fish ticket

April 14 - October 14 (4pm to close*)

£44 per Rod

Tackle Hire Pay on the day

Full outfit (All day)

£15 per day

*Summer opening times: 8.30am-8pm. Winter opening times 8.30am to dusk

COOMBE MILL & KINGFISHER LODGEsince 2019

 

You really are right in the heart of Frank Sawyer country here at Coombe Mill; the Services Dry Fly Fishing Association of which he was keeper for over 50 years are our immediate neighbours.

This all wild fishery is a delightful mix of main river, carrier and pools all cared for by the full time keeper Martin Aris. This is perfect stalking water with good hatches, including a spectacular Mayfly period.

Coombe Mill is back having had a sabbatical year in 2022 after an extensive restoration to the river over the winter of 2021. In addition, the self-catering Kingfisher Lodge, with exclusive use of the Coombe Mill fishing, is available for 7 night rentals all year. Click here for more details.


Difficulty Tranquilty Wading Optional Check
Map  

No. RODS
1-3

 

COMPARE

dogs
Yes

Cabin rating
3 stars

Rail Station
8m

Acommodation
onsite

Pub
0.7m

“Coombe Mill is a great place to fish.”  “River keeper very helpful and friendly. Excellent facilities and beautiful.” “Seven wild browns to 17 inches.

Aternatives to consider Ratings explained
 

T&S
Read Trout & Salmon

Coombe Mill – River Avon

April 15 - May 14

£175 per Rod

May 15 - June 15

£215 per Rod

June 16 - October 15

£145 per Rod

October 16 - December 31 (Grayling)

£75 per Rod

1-3 Rods.

UPAVON FARMsince 2014

 

Upavon Farm is in the heart of that part of the Avon valley that Frank Sawyer, river keeper extraordinaire and inventor of the Pheasant Tail Nymph, made his own.

This all wading beat is the perfect place to follow in his footsteps where sight fishing, with both dry and nymph, is the only way to go. Never stocked, this is an all wild trout fishery that holds a good head of grayling as well.

Upavon is ideal for one person or two friends sharing

Watch the 0:50 second Directors Cut of CHALK filmed on the River Avon


Difficulty Tranquilty Wading Required Check
Map Video

No. RODS
1-2

 

COMPARE

dogs

No Cabin

Rail Station4.6m

Acommodation 8m

Pub0.2m

“Very natural and challenging water.”   “A quite lovely place and this beat is simply amazing.”    “Upavon Farm is a terrific day's fishing.”

Aternatives to consider Ratings explained

April 15 - May 14

£89 per Rod

May 15 - June 30

£106 per Rod

May 15 - June 30 (1 rod only)

£132 per Rod

July 1 - October 15

£89 per Rod

October 16 - December 31 (grayling)

£69 per Rod

For further details, please complete our enquiry form or e-mail info@fishingbreaks.co.uk

 



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