River Dever Chalkstream Trout Flyfishing

River Dever, chalkstream fly fishing, trout fishing, brown trout, Aardvark McLeod

A small and unique chalkstream

The river Dever is another of the major river Test tributaries for chalkstream trout flyfishing, a favourite of F.M.Halford, rises near West Stratton and provides approximately 10 miles of fishing before joining the river Test between Wherwell and Barton Stacey.


Intricate clear water fishing for wild trout

Unlike many of the chalkstreams of Hampshire the Dever initially runs west before turning south across Bransbury Common. The whole of the Common is a site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), which is formed of two areas. The Common itself and disused water meadows through which the Dever flows.

The rich soil of the Common is peat over gravel while the water meadows are on a heavier soil. Together the areas support a wide variety of meadow grassland, grass/sedge communities and chalkstream flora and fauna. It is a combination probably unparalleled in southern England.

The river has good hatches of the main groups of upwinged flies and in recent years Grannom have reportedly made a reappearance. The river holds a good head of wild fish but in places it is stocked with brown trout.

Destination Overview

Location: Hampshire, England

Water Type: Freshwater

Capacity: 1-2

Season: Trout season 1st May to 30th September

Price: Trout from £240 pp

Species: Brown Trout, Grayling

Activities & Amenities

Travel Tips

The Dever is 1 hour 30 minutes by road or train from London.

Guiding, transfers and accommodation can be organised by prior arrangement.

EA Rod Licence

If you would like more information please contact Alex Jardine or Peter McLeod or call on ++44 1980 847389. Alternatively click HERE if you would like us to contact you.

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