Summer fly fishing on the chalkstreams brings new challenges, hatches and ultimately some great fishing too. The fly life changes to reflect the changing weather and we as anglers have to change our approach somewhat.

Through the summer months the peak dry fly fishing activity is generally in the mid-mornings and late-afternoon/evenings when the sun is lower and the air temperatures are not soaring. The mornings are reserved for small upwing insects, these hatch in an array of sizes and colours but typically they are olive and roughly size 16 to 18. Despite being small they can interest even the largest trout to take a look at the surface.

Testcombe River Test, Chalkstream Fly Fishing, Aardvark McLeod

Whilst the middle of the day can be hot, this favours terrestrial insects. Daddy long legs, grasshoppers, ants, aphids and beetles all thrive in the summer, and on a day of bright sun and a little bit of wind you often find these insects being blown towards the water. You will generally see fish tucked in near the banks just sipping in these offerings as they trundle down. The fish may be right under the bank you are stood on, so tread carefully.

View Alex’s summer chalkstream outlook and tips below:

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

Summer Chalkstream Fly Fishing Availability 2021:

Week: 16th to 22nd August 2021

Tuesday 17th August:
Wherwell Estate, River Test – 1 to 2 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

Wednesday 18th August:
Private Estate, Middle River Test – 1 to 6 rods
Westfair Beat, River Anton – 1 to 6 rods
Langford, River Wylye – 1 to 2 rods
Compton Chamberlayne, River Nadder – 1 to 4 rods

Thursday 19th August:
Broadlands Estate, River Test – 1 to 10 rods
Wherwell Estate, River Test – Exclusive group day – 8 to 24 rods
Private Estate, Middle River Test – 1 to 6 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 4 rods
Compton Chamberlayne, River Nadder – 1 to 4 rods

Friday 20th August:
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
Denford Water, River Kennet – 1 to 3 rods

Saturday 21st August:
Westfair Beat, River Anton – 1 to 6 rods
Langford, River Wylye – 1 to 2 rods
Compton Chamberlayne, River Nadder – 1 to 4 rods
Denford Water, River Kennet – 1 to 6 rods

Sunday 22nd August:
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: 23rd to 29th August 2021

Monday 23rd August:
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 6 rods
Langford, River Wylye – 1 to 2 rods
Compton Chamberlayne, River Nadder – 1 to 4 rods

Tuesday 24th August:
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 25th August:
Broadlands Estate, River Test – 1 to 6 rods
Westover Estate, River Anton – 1 to 8 rods
Langford, River Wylye – 1 to 2 rods
Compton Chamberlayne, River Nadder – 1 to 4 rods

Thursday 26th August:
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

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

Saturday 28th August:
Langford, River Wylye – 1 to 2 rods
Compton Chamberlayne, River Nadder – 1 to 4 rods
Denford Water, River Kennet – 1 to 6 rods

Sunday 29th August:
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


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.