River Anton – Chalkstream Fly Fishing

Prolific fly life and wild brown trout

Chalkstream fly fishing on the River Anton offers fantastic dry fly and nymph fishing throughout the season. It is one of the four main tributaries feeding the River Test, a short chalkstream of some seven miles in length. It rises to the north of Andover and joins the River Test just below the riverside garden of the Mayfly pub. The River Anton is great for those looking for a more challenging alternative to the River Test.


Classic chalkstream fly fishing for brown trout

The main River Anton is joined by the Phillhill Brook or Little Ann just below the A303 to the south of Andover; from this point onwards the river is very attractive. The river runs through old water meadows grazed by sheep but with some sheltered wooded sections. Most of the beats are very varied some with wide shallows while others have narrower faster water. All the beats have reasonable access and can be fished by either one or two rods.

Invertebrate life is prolific with good hatches of all the up winged flies. The trout season on the River Anton opens in mid-April in time to catch the Hawthorn hatch and runs through until the first week in October, grayling fishing continues until 31st December. The River Anton is very similar to the River Test but on a much smaller scale.

New for the 2020 season: We have now added the delightful Westfair Beat to our River Anton fly fishing options to the 2020 trout fly fishing season.

Easy Reach of London

Like the River Test, Fly Fishing the River Anton is in easy reach of London and many other main towns in the south of England. Whether you drive, fly or get the train it will not take long to reach the fishing.

For those looking for longer stays in the area, we can combine the River Anton with other chalkstream fly fishing options in the area. There are numerous accommodation options suitable for all types of stay, from small B&Bs to full Country House Hotels.


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