This winter may feel like it will drag on more than most, but that said the chalkstream trout fly fishing season is never too far away. If you need something to look forward to then what better than the prospect of some warmer weather and hopefully rising trout in our crystal clear rivers of the south.

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: 1st to 4th April 2021

Thursday 1st April:

Friday 2nd April:
Private Estate, Middle River Test – 1 to 6 rods

Saturday 3rd April:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 to 4 rods
Westfair Beat, River Anton – 1 to 6 rods

Sunday 4th April:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 to 4 rods
Westfair Beat, River Anton – 1 to 6 rods


Week: 5th to 11th April 2021

Monday 5th April:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 to 4 rods
Westfair Beat, River Anton – 1 to 6 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 6 rods

Tuesday 6th April:
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 4 rods

Wednesday 7th April:
Westfair Beat, River Anton – 1 to 6 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 8 rods

Thursday 8th April:
Westfair Beat, River Anton – 1 to 6 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 4 rods

Friday 9th April:
Westfair Beat, River Anton – 1 to 6 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 6 rods

Saturday 10th April:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 to 4 rods
Westfair Beat, River Anton – 1 to 6 rods

Sunday 11th April:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 to 4 rods
Westfair Beat, River Anton – 1 to 6 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 4 rods


Week: 12th to 18th April 2021

Monday 12th April:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 to 4 rods
Westfair Beat, River Anton – 1 to 6 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 6 rods

Tuesday 13th April:
Westfair Beat, River Anton – 1 to 6 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 4 rods

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

Thursday 15th April:
Westfair Beat, River Anton – 1 to 6 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 4 rods

Friday 16th April:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 to 4 rods
Westfair Beat, River Anton – 1 to 6 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 2 rods

Saturday 17th April:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 to 4 rods
Westfair Beat, River Anton – 1 to 6 rods

Sunday 18th April:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 to 4 rods
Westfair Beat, River Anton – 1 to 6 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 4 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 6 rods

Tuesday 20th April:
Westfair Beat, River Anton – 1 to 6 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 4 rods

Wednesday 21st April:
Westfair Beat, River Anton – 1 to 6 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 8 rods

Thursday 22nd April:
Westfair Beat, River Anton – 1 to 6 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 4 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

Saturday 24th April:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 to 4 rods
Westfair Beat, River Anton – 1 to 6 rods

Sunday 25th April:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 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


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
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 4 rods
Compton Chamberlayne, River Nadder – 1 to 4 rods

Tuesday 27th April:
Westfair Beat, River Anton – 1 to 6 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 4 rods
Compton Chamberlayne, River Nadder – 1 to 4 rods

Wednesday 28th April:
Westfair Beat, River Anton – 1 to 6 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 2 rods
Compton Chamberlayne, River Nadder – 1 to 4 rods

Thursday 29th April:
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 4 rods
Compton Chamberlayne, River Nadder – 1 to 4 rods

Friday 30th April:
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 2 rods
Compton Chamberlayne, River Nadder – 1 to 4 rods

Saturday 1st May:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 to 4 rods
Wherwell Estate, River Test – 1 to 8 rods
Private Estate, Middle River Test – 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 8 rods
Private Estate, Middle River Test – 1 to 6 rods
Westfair Beat, River Anton – 1 to 6 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 2 rods
Compton Chamberlayne, River Nadder – 1 to 4 rods


Week: 3rd to 10th May 2021

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

Tuesday 4th May:
Wherwell Estate, River Test – 1 to 8 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

Wednesday 5th May:
Wherwell Estate, River Test – 1 to 8 rods
Private Estate, Middle River Test – 1 to 4 rods
Westfair Beat, River Anton – 1 to 6 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 8 rods
Compton Chamberlayne, River Nadder – 1 to 4 rods

Thursday 6th May:
Wherwell Estate, River Test – Exclusive use up to 24 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

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

Saturday 8th May:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 to 4 rods
Wherwell Estate, River Test – 1 to 4 rods
Private Estate, Middle River Test – 1 to 6 rods
Westfair Beat, River Anton – 1 to 6 rods
Compton Chamberlayne, River Nadder – 1 to 2 rods

Sunday 9th May:
Testcombe, River Test – 2 to 4 rods
Wherwell Estate, River Test – 1 to 8 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

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.