Chalkstream fly fishing does not finish at the end of the trout season, but is extended by the wonderful winter grayling season.

Referred to as ‘the lady of the stream’, grayling are found throughout the UK chalkstreams. The silvery, ghost-like, shadows with a striking orange dorsal fin can often be seen elegantly holding position in the flow amongst beds of ranunculus and clean white gravel. They thrive in the nutrient and invertebrate rich conditions provided by these spring-fed streams and river systems. Throughout the summer and autumn months they can be found rising freely up and down the rivers. In the winter, after the trout season has finished, grayling can be targeted on certain beats with both nymphs and dry flies.

Grayling chalkstream fly fishing, River Kennet Chalkstream fly fishing, Dry Fly Fishing, Alex Jardine, Aardvark McLeod Dry Fly Fishing

As the leaves turn and fall, and the waters leave their golden glow behind. The rivers become silver ribbons twisting through the sleeping woodland and the rich red of the scarlet and golden willows. This is the perfect time to target the grayling as they feed freely through the colder months.

View Alex’s How to Set up for Grayling tips below:

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

Please note that some beats we do not publish availability, if you cannot see what you are looking for or would like our advice please get in contact.

Winter Grayling Fly Fishing Availability 2020/2021:

Week: 23rd to 29th November 2020

Wednesday 25th November:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 or 3 rods
Westfair, River Anton – 1 to 3 rods

Thursday 26th November:
Westfair, River Anton – 1 to 3 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 4 rods

Friday 27th November:
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 2 rods

Saturday 28th November:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 or 3 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 rod

Sunday 29th November:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 or 3 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 2 rods


Week: 30th November to 6th December 2020

Monday 30th November:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 or 3 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 8 rods
River Frome Guided Trip – 1 to 2 rods

Tuesday 1st December:
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 8 rods
River Frome Guided Trip – 1 to 2 rods

Wednesday 2nd December:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 or 3 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 3 rods
River Frome Guided Trip – 1 to 2 rods

Thursday 3rd December:
River Frome Guided Trip – 1 to 2 rods

Friday 4th December:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 or 3 rods
River Frome Guided Trip – 1 to 2 rods

Saturday 5th December:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 or 3 rods
Westfair, River Anton – 1 to 3 rods

Sunday 6th December:
Westfair, River Anton – 1 to 3 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 8 rods


Week: 7th to 13th December 2020

Monday 7th December:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 or 3 rods
Westfair, River Anton – 1 to 3 rods
River Frome Guided Trip – 1 to 2 rods

Tuesday 8th December:
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 3 rods
River Frome Guided Trip – 1 to 2 rods

Wednesday 9th December:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 or 3 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 3 rods
River Frome Guided Trip – 1 to 2 rods

Thursday 10th December:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 or 3 rods
River Frome Guided Trip – 1 to 2 rods

Friday 11th December:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 or 3 rods
Westfair, River Anton – 1 to 3 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 4 rods
River Frome Guided Trip – 1 to 2 rods

Saturday 12th December:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 or 3 rods
Westfair, River Anton – 1 to 3 rods

Sunday 13th December:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 or 3 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 8 rods


Week: 14th to 20th December 2020

Monday 14th December:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 or 3 rods
River Frome Guided Trip – 1 to 2 rods

Tuesday 15th December:
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 8 rods
River Frome Guided Trip – 1 to 2 rods

Wednesday 16th December:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 or 3 rods
River Frome Guided Trip – 1 to 2 rods

Thursday 17th December:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 or 3 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 8 rods
River Frome Guided Trip – 1 to 2 rods

Friday 18th December:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 or 3 rods
Westfair, River Anton – 1 to 3 rods
River Frome Guided Trip – 1 to 2 rods

Saturday 19th December:
Grayling Master Class with Alex Jardine – 1 rods
Westfair, River Anton – 1 to 3 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 8 rods

Sunday 20th December:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 or 3 rods
Westfair, River Anton – 1 to 3 rods


Week: 21st to 27th December 2020

Monday 21st December:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 or 3 rods
Westfair, River Anton – 1 to 3 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 8 rods
River Frome Guided Trip – 1 to 2 rods

Tuesday 22nd December:
Westfair, River Anton – 1 to 3 rods
River Frome Guided Trip – 1 to 2 rods

Wednesday 23rd December:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 or 3 rods
Westfair, River Anton – 1 to 3 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 8 rods
River Frome Guided Trip – 1 to 2 rods

Thursday 24th December:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 or 3 rods
Westfair, River Anton – 1 to 3 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 4 rods

Friday 25th December:

Saturday 26th December:
Westfair, River Anton – 1 to 3 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 4 rods

Sunday 27th December:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 or 3 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 4 rods


Week: 28th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021

Monday 28th December:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 or 3 rods

Tuesday 29th December:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 or 3 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 8 rods
River Frome Guided Trip – 1 to 2 rods

Wednesday 30th December:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 or 3 rods
Westfair, River Anton – 1 to 3 rods
River Frome Guided Trip – 1 to 2 rods

Thursday 31st December:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 or 3 rods
Westfair, River Anton – 1 to 3 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 8 rods
River Frome Guided Trip – 1 to 2 rods

Friday 1st January:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 or 3 rods

Saturday 2nd January:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 or 3 rods

Sunday 3rd January:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 or 3 rods


Week: 4th to 10th January 2021

Monday 4th January:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 or 3 rods
River Frome Guided Trip – 1 to 2 rods

Tuesday 5th January:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 or 3 rods
River Frome Guided Trip – 1 to 2 rods

Wednesday 6th January:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 or 3 rods
River Frome Guided Trip – 1 to 2 rods

Thursday 7th January:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 or 3 rods
River Frome Guided Trip – 1 to 2 rods

Friday 8th January:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 or 3 rods

Saturday 9th January:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 or 3 rods
River Frome Guided Trip – 1 to 2 rods

Sunday 10th January:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 or 3 rods


Week: 11th to 17th January 2021

Monday 11th January:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 or 3 rods
River Frome Guided Trip – 1 to 2 rods

Tuesday 12th January:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 or 3 rods
River Frome Guided Trip – 1 to 2 rods

Wednesday 13th January:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 or 3 rods
River Frome Guided Trip – 1 to 2 rods

Thursday 14th January:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 or 3 rods
River Frome Guided Trip – 1 to 2 rods

Friday 15th January:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 or 3 rods

Saturday 16th January:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 or 3 rods
River Frome Guided Trip – 1 to 2 rods

Sunday 17th January:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 or 3 rods


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 chalkstream fly fishing availability or to book one of these days please do not hesitate to contact us by EMAIL or call our office on +44(0)1980 847389.