The autumn and winter rains are doing a world of good to our chalk aquifers and it won’t be long until we are witnessing the famous mayfly hatch when chalkstream fly fishing. Many of the beats have been put to bed for the winter and the brown trout are being left alone to go about their seasonal business.

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For many anglers, next season will feel a long way off but for those seeking to fish during the famous mayfly hatches now is the time to contact us. The mayfly hatch is a truly special time to be out on the southern chalkstreams. For the avid anglers there is nothing quite like watching these large flies floating majestically down the stream to suddenly disappear as the neb of a large trout breaks the surface. Heart stopping moments.

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It is possible to secure your preferred mayfly dates whether a single angler or group now. So do not hesitate to contact us for details on availability.

Prime Mayfly Fly Fishing Availability 2020:

Week: 11th to 17th May 2020

Monday 11th May: Wherwell Estate, River Test
Two beats available, they can be taken on a 1-2 rod basis.

Monday 11th May: Fullerton Estate, River Test & Anton
Two beats available, they can be taken on a 1-2 rod basis.

Monday 11th May: Westfair Beat, River Anton
One beat available, it can be taken on a 2-6 rod basis.

Monday 11th May: Westover Estate, River Anton
One beat available, it must be taken on a 2 rod basis.

Tuesday 12th May: Wherwell Estate, River Test
Two beats available, they can be taken on a 1-2 rod basis.

Tuesday 12th May: Westfair Beat, River Anton
One beat available, it can be taken on a 2-6 rod basis.

Wednesday 13th May: Wherwell Estate, River Test
Three beats available, they can be taken on a 1-2 rod basis.

Wednesday 13th May: Westfair Beat, River Anton
One beat available, it can be taken on a 2-6 rod basis.

Wednesday 13th May: Westover Estate, River Anton
Two beats available, they must be taken on a 2 rod basis.

Thursday 14th May: Wherwell Estate, River Test
Entire estate exclusively, can be taken on a group basis (6 to 18 rods).

Thursday 14th May: Private Estate, Middle River Test
Two beats available, they can be taken on a 1-2 rod basis.

Thursday 14th May: Westover Estate, River Anton
Three beats available, they must be taken on a 2 rod basis.

Friday 15th May: Wherwell Estate, River Test
One beat available, it can be taken on a 1-2 rod basis.

Friday 15th May: Fullerton Estate, River Test & Anton
Two beats available, they can be taken on a 1-2 rod basis.

Friday 15th May: Westover Estate, River Anton
One beat available, it must be taken on a 2 rod basis.

Saturday 16th May: Wherwell Estate, River Test
One beat available, it can be taken on a 1-2 rod basis.

Saturday 16th May: Westfair Beat, River Anton
One beat available, it can be taken on a 2-6 rod basis.

Saturday 16th May: Westover Estate, River Anton
One beat available, it must be taken on a 2 rod basis.

Sunday 17th May: Wherwell Estate, River Test
Three beats available, they can be taken on a 1-2 rod basis.

Sunday 17th May: Fullerton Estate, River Test & Anton
One beat available, it can be taken on a 1-2 rod basis.

Sunday 17th May: Westover Estate, River Anton
Two beats available, they must be taken on a 2 rod basis.


Week: 18th to 24th May 2020

Monday 18th May: Wherwell Estate, River Test
Two beats available, they can be taken on a 1-2 rod basis.

Monday 18th May: Westfair Beat, River Anton
One beat available, it can be taken on a 2-6 rod basis.

Monday 18th May: Westover Estate, River Anton
One beat available, it must be taken on a 2 rod basis.

Tuesday 19th May: Westfair Beat, River Anton
One beat available, it can be taken on a 2-6 rod basis.

Tuesday 19th May: Westover Estate, River Anton
One beat available, it must be taken on a 2 rod basis.

Wednesday 20th May: Wherwell Estate, River Test
One beat available, it can be taken on a 1-2 rod basis.

Thursday 21st May: Private Estate, Middle River Test
One beat available, it can be taken on a 1-2 rod basis.

Friday 22nd May: Fullerton Estate, River Test & Anton
One beat available, it can be taken on a 1-2 rod basis.

Friday 22nd May: Westfair Beat, River Anton
One beat available, it can be taken on a 2-6 rod basis.

Saturday 23rd May: Private Estate, Middle River Test
One beat available, it can be taken on a 1-2 rod basis.

Sunday 24th May: Wherwell Estate, River Test
One beat available, it can be taken on a 1-2 rod basis.

Sunday 24th May: Private Estate, Middle River Test
One beat available, it can be taken on a 1-2 rod basis.


Week: 25th to 31st May 2020

Monday 25th May: Wherwell Estate, River Test
One beat available, it can be taken on a 1-2 rod basis.

Monday 25th May: Private Estate, Middle River Test
One beat available, it can be taken on a 1-2 rod basis.

Tuesday 26th May: Wherwell Estate, River Test
Three beats available, they can be taken on a 1-2 rod basis.

Tuesday 26th May: Compton Chamberlayne, River Nadder
Two beats available, they must be taken on a 2 rod basis.

Wednesday 27th May: Wherwell Estate, River Test
Two beats available, they can be taken on a 1-2 rod basis.

Wednesday 27th May: Private Estate, Middle River Test
Two beats available, they can be taken on a 1-2 rod basis.

Thursday 27th May: Compton Chamberlayne, River Nadder
One beat available, it must be taken on a 2 rod basis.

Thursday 28th May: Private Estate, Middle River Test
Two beats available, they can be taken on a 1-2 rod basis.

Thursday 28th May: Compton Chamberlayne, River Nadder
One beat available, it must be taken on a 2 rod basis.

Friday 29th May: Wherwell Estate, River Test
Two beats available, they can be taken on a 1-2 rod basis.

Friday 29th May: Westover Estate, River Anton
One beat available, it must be taken on a 2 rod basis.

Saturday 30th May: Westover Estate, River Anton
One beat available, it must be taken on a 2 rod basis.

Saturday 30th May: Compton Chamberlayne, River Nadder
Two beats available, they must be taken on a 2 rod basis.

Sunday 31st May: Wherwell Estate, River Test
One beat available, it can be taken on a 1-2 rod basis.

Sunday 31st May: Private Estate, Middle River Test
One beat available, it can be taken on a 1-2 rod basis.


Week: 1st to 7th June 2020

Monday 1st June: Wherwell Estate, River Test
Three beats available, they can be taken on a 1-2 rod basis.

Monday 1st June: Fullerton Estate, River Test & Anton
Three beats available, they can be taken on a 1-2 rod basis.

Monday 1st June: Private Estate, Middle River Test
Two beats available, they can be taken on a 1-2 rod basis.

Monday 1st June: Westover Estate, River Anton
One beat available, it must be taken on a 2 rod basis.

Tuesday 2nd June: Wherwell Estate, River Test
Three beats available, they can be taken on a 1-2 rod basis.

Tuesday 2nd June: Westfair Beat, River Anton
One beat available, it can be taken on a 2-6 rod basis.

Tuesday 2nd June: Compton Chamberlayne, River Nadder
One beat available, it must be taken on a 2 rod basis.

Wednesday 3rd June: Wherwell Estate, River Test
Three beats available, they can be taken on a 1-2 rod basis.

Wednesday 3rd June: Private Estate, Middle River Test
Three beats available, they can be taken on a 1-2 rod basis.

Wednesday 3rd June: Westover Estate, River Anton
Three beats available, they must be taken on a 2 rod basis.

Thursday 4th June: Private Estate, Middle River Test
Two beats available, they can be taken on a 1-2 rod basis.

Thursday 4th June: Westover Estate, River Anton
Two beats available, they must be taken on a 2 rod basis.

Thursday 4th June: Compton Chamberlayne, River Nadder
Two beats available, they must be taken on a 2 rod basis.

Friday 5th June: Wherwell Estate, River Test
One beat available, it can be taken on a 1-2 rod basis.

Friday 5th June: Westfair Beat, River Anton
One beat available, it can be taken on a 2-6 rod basis.

Friday 5th June: Westover Estate, River Anton
One beat available, it must be taken on a 2 rod basis.

Saturday 6th June: Wherwell Estate, River Test
Three beats available, they can be taken on a 1-2 rod basis.

Saturday 6th June: Compton Chamberlayne, River Nadder
One beat available, it must be taken on a 2 rod basis.

Sunday 7th June: Wherwell Estate, River Test
Three beats available, they can be taken on a 1-2 rod basis.

Sunday 7th June: Westfair Beat, River Anton
One beat available, it can be taken on a 2-6 rod basis.

Sunday 7th June: Westover Estate, River Anton
One beat available, it must be taken on a 2 rod basis.


The weed cutting dates have been finalised for the 2020 season, view the River Test dates HERE and the River Itchen dates HERE.

For more information, further mayfly fishing availability or to book one of these days please do not hesitate to contact Alex Jardine or call our office on +44(0)1980 847389.