River Dever Chalkstream Trout Flyfishing

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.