Testcombe, River Test – Chalkstream Fly Fishing

Historical and Stunning Upper Test Fly Fishing

Testcombe is situated on the upper River Test, just downstream from the delightful village of Wherwell. It was once the chosen fishing spot of King George VI and offers a wonderful variety of water with both the main river and several interesting carriers to explore for two to six anglers. Your HQ for the day is the spectacular Grade II listed fishing hut which dates back to 1888 and is the perfect spot to immerse yourself in a day’s chalkstream fly fishing.

Exclusive and Varied Chalkstream Fly Fishing

Testcombe is exclusive to Aardvark McLeod, with its stunning Grade II listed fishing hut situated on a long island in the middle of the stretch. Although originally a pavilion for a tennis court built by the Disraeli family, it is now the ideal fishing hut. The chalkstream fly fishing suits all abilities, with wide main river and intimate carriers offering deep holes, overhangs and shallow glides.

Throughout the season, this beautifully varied stretch of water is available for day rods, guided days, group & corporate days, and specialist master classes. The trout fly fishing season on the River Test runs from early April to late October each year. The Home beat is perfect for two to three rods and Away beat ideal for two rods.

With demand for chalkstream grayling fly fishing ever growing, we invite you to try one of the finest winter sight fishing rivers available. Testcombe on the River Test is perfectly suited for day rods, guided trips and group days for those ready to brave the cold. The season is only open 1st November to 28th February.

The fishing at Testcombe has expanded to now include fishing on the true right hand bank as well, this will extend from the A3057 bridge upstream to just above the top boundary of the original Testcombe fishing. This addition to the fishing will see the fishery develop into two individual beats, Testcombe Home (1) and Testcombe Away (2). The fishing will be available for groups of 1 to 6 anglers with full corporate events possible.

The Testcombe Away beat is a continuous stretch running for a little over 750 metres of main River Test. The fishing is all from the true right hand bank and mainly done from a well maintained path. In several places there are wooden walkways to help anglers reach past the mature reed beds to target fish that would otherwise be out of sight. The beat features a small wooden fishing shelter set back from the river in a quiet copse, a perfect spot to enjoy a simple angler’s picnic.

Easy Reach of London

Fly Fishing the River Test at Testcombe 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 Testcombe with other 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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