The chalkstream fly fishing season begins to open in the South of England from the 1st April. It is these spring weeks that give us a chance to get back out on the river and sharpen up our dry fly skills ahead of the impressive mayfly hatches that come a little later.

The spring is always an interesting time on the chalkstreams, the estates have been lightly fished through the winter for grayling and many have undergone restructuring work and added in-river improvements. When the season opens in April this is our first chance to see and experience these works and how they have inevitably improved the fishing experience.

Chalkstream Fishing, River Anton, Aardvark McLeod

Each stretch of water has their own opening date with some getting going in early April whilst others hold on until the 1st May. As an angler you may wonder what you might encounter during an early season fly fishing trip to an English chalkstream.

April days are always filled with anticipation as to what the new chalkstream season will bring. The hope is for settled conditions and no sign of the dreaded North-Easterly winds. Large Dark Olives are the mainstay of the trout’s diet early on in the month before the emergence of the Grannom that really brings everything to life through the middle weeks.

As the month progresses and warmer days become more frequent the first of the hawthorn flies start dance around the bushes set along the river. The hawthorn can last into May and sometimes longer but this can be a fickle hatch. The ideal conditions tend to be dry days with a gentle breeze to blow the fly onto the water.

May is a wonderful month to fish with dry fly sport reaching its peak for the season. Hatches of small Iron Blues can bring days to life when there are few Hawthorn showing. These hatches are all just the warm up act to the main mayfly emergence through the latter half of May and into June.

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

Spring Fly Fishing Availability 2021:

Week: 12th to 18th April 2021

Tuesday 13th April:
Broadlands Estate, River Test – 1 to 3 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 4 rods
Denford Water, River Kennet – 1 to 6 rods

Wednesday 14th April:
Westfair Beat, River Anton – 1 to 6 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 2 rods
Langford, River Wylye – 1 to 2 rods

Thursday 15th April:
Broadlands Estate, River Test – 1 to 10 rods
Westfair Beat, River Anton – 1 to 6 rods
Denford Water, River Kennet – 1 to 6 rods

Friday 16th April:
Westfair Beat, River Anton – 1 to 6 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 2 rods
Denford Water, River Kennet – 1 to 6 rods

Saturday 17th April:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 to 4 rods
Westfair Beat, River Anton – 1 to 6 rods
Langford, River Wylye – 1 to 2 rods
Denford Water, River Kennet – 1 to 6 rods
River Frome Guided Trip – 1 to 2 rods

Sunday 18th April:
Broadlands Estate, River Test – 1 to 3 rods
River Frome Guided Trip – 1 to 2 rods


Week: 19th to 25th April 2021

Monday 19th April:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 to 4 rods
Westfair Beat, River Anton – 1 to 6 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 2 rods
Langford, River Wylye – 1 to 2 rods
River Frome Guided Trip – 1 to 2 rods

Tuesday 20th April:
Westfair Beat, River Anton – 1 to 6 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 4 rods
Denford Water, River Kennet – 1 to 6 rods
River Frome Guided Trip – 1 to 2 rods

Wednesday 21st April:
Broadlands Estate, River Test – 1 to 6 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 4 rods
Langford, River Wylye – 1 to 2 rods
River Frome Guided Trip – 1 to 2 rods

Thursday 22nd April:
Broadlands Estate, River Test – Exclusive use up to 10 rods
Westfair Beat, River Anton – 1 to 6 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 4 rods
River Frome Guided Trip – 1 to 2 rods

Friday 23rd April:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 to 4 rods
Westfair Beat, River Anton – 1 to 6 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 6 rods
Denford Water, River Kennet – 1 to 6 rods
River Frome Guided Trip – 1 to 2 rods

Saturday 24th April:
Westfair Beat, River Anton – 1 to 6 rods
Langford, River Wylye – 1 to 2 rods
Denford Water, River Kennet – 1 to 6 rods
River Frome Guided Trip – 1 to 2 rods

Sunday 25th April:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 to 4 rods
Broadlands Estate, River Test – 1 to 3 rods
Westfair Beat, River Anton – 1 to 6 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 4 rods
Compton Chamberlayne, River Nadder – 1 to 4 rods
River Frome Guided Trip – 1 to 2 rods


Week: 26th April to 2nd May 2021

Monday 26th April:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 to 4 rods
Westfair Beat, River Anton – 1 to 6 rods
Langford, River Wylye – 1 to 2 rods
Compton Chamberlayne, River Nadder – 1 to 4 rods
River Frome Guided Trip – 1 to 2 rods

Tuesday 27th April:
Broadlands Estate, River Test – 1 to 3 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 4 rods
Compton Chamberlayne, River Nadder – 1 to 4 rods
Denford Water, River Kennet – 1 to 6 rods
River Frome Guided Trip – 1 to 2 rods

Wednesday 28th April:
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 2 rods
Compton Chamberlayne, River Nadder – 1 to 4 rods
River Frome Guided Trip – 1 to 2 rods

Thursday 29th April:
Broadlands Estate, River Test – 1 to 10 rods
Westfair Beat, River Anton – 1 to 6 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 4 rods
Compton Chamberlayne, River Nadder – 1 to 4 rods
Denford Water, River Kennet – 1 to 6 rods
River Frome Guided Trip – 1 to 2 rods

Friday 30th April:
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 2 rods
Compton Chamberlayne, River Nadder – 1 to 4 rods
Denford Water, River Kennet – 1 to 6 rods
River Frome Guided Trip – 1 to 2 rods

Saturday 1st May:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 to 4 rods
Wherwell Estate, River Test – 1 to 2 rods
Private Estate, Middle River Test – 1 to 2 rods
Langford, River Wylye – 1 to 2 rods
Denford Water, River Kennet – 1 to 6 rods
Compton Chamberlayne, River Nadder – 1 to 4 rods

Sunday 2nd May:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 to 4 rods
Wherwell Estate, River Test – 1 to 4 rods
Broadlands Estate, River Test – 1 to 3 rods
Private Estate, Middle River Test – 1 to 6 rods
Westfair Beat, River Anton – 1 to 6 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 4 rods
Compton Chamberlayne, River Nadder – 1 to 4 rods


Week: 3rd to 10th May 2021

Monday 3rd May:
Private Estate, Middle River Test – 1 to 8 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 6 rods
Langford, River Wylye – 1 to 2 rods
Compton Chamberlayne, River Nadder – 1 to 4 rods

Tuesday 4th May:
Wherwell Estate, River Test – 1 to 4 rods
Private Estate, Middle River Test – 1 to 4 rods
Westfair Beat, River Anton – 1 to 6 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 4 rods
Compton Chamberlayne, River Nadder – 1 to 4 rods
Denford Water, River Kennet – 1 to 6 rods

Wednesday 5th May:
Wherwell Estate, River Test – 1 to 4 rods
Private Estate, Middle River Test – 1 to 2 rods
Broadlands Estate, River Test – 1 to 6 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 6 rods
Langford, River Wylye – 1 to 2 rods
Compton Chamberlayne, River Nadder – 1 to 4 rods

Thursday 6th May:
Wherwell Estate, River Test – Exclusive use up to 24 rods
Broadlands Estate, River Test – 1 to 6 rods
Private Estate, Middle River Test – 1 to 2 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 4 rods
Compton Chamberlayne, River Nadder – 1 to 4 rods
Denford Water, River Kennet – 1 to 6 rods

Friday 7th May:
Wherwell Estate, River Test – 1 to 2 rods
Private Estate, Middle River Test – 1 to 2 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 2 rods
Compton Chamberlayne, River Nadder – 1 to 4 rods
Denford Water, River Kennet – 1 to 6 rods

Saturday 8th May:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 to 4 rods
Wherwell Estate, River Test – 1 to 2 rods
Langford, River Wylye – 1 to 2 rods
River Frome Guided Trip – 1 to 2 rods

Sunday 9th May:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 to 4 rods
Wherwell Estate, River Test – 1 to 2 rods
Private Estate, Middle River Test – 1 to 2 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 2 rods
Compton Chamberlayne, River Nadder – 1 to 4 rods

Monday 10th May:
View Mayfly Availability here.


The weed cutting dates have been finalised for the 2021 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.