Fly Fishing at The Greyhound on the Test

If one was to stick a pin in a map to mark the ‘Mecca’ of fly fishing it would certainly fall in the town of Stockbridge, Hampshire.

Here is the birthplace of this gentle art and fly fishing history runs as deep and the chalk bed rock from which the unique chalk streams here flow.

The Greyhound on the Test is nestled on the banks of the most fabled of all rivers – the river Test and fly fishers the world over dream of casting a line on her hallowed waters. The gin clear, chalk filtered water is exceptionally fertile providing the perfect habitat in which the native brown trout to grow large. These waters are also home to grayling, Atlantic salmon and sea trout and all species can be targeted within a short drive from the Inn.

The Greyhound on the Test is particularly special as the Inn enjoys it’s own private river test beat at the bottom of the garden flowing from the beautiful water meadows beyond. Where else can you have a cast before breakfast, or order your lunch from the superb menu to be served on the riverbank in the beat’s fly fishers hut?

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Through our fishing representative, Howard Taylor, founder of Upstream Dry Fly, we are able to offer exclusive access to some of the most sought after private estate fly fishing in the world. Our extensive portfolio offers fishing on over 20 named chalk streams, with over 70 beats to chose from.

Whether a beginner, improver or dry fly purist, we will make you feel welcome and build a bespoke day to fit your needs precisely. This variation gives the perfect environment for every angler’s ability and favoured piscatorial quarry.

Base yourselves at the Greyhound on the Test and we can put together a fly fishing vacation where you enjoy a different beat each day and return to the bar to share tales of big fish and tall stories over a well earned glass.

Get the absolute most out of your precious time on the water with one of our professional fly fishing guides who will collect you from the Inn after breakfast and spend the day with you on the riverbank giving you access to years of local knowledge and experience.

Enjoy an introduction to fly fishing with private tuition and exclusive use of our spring fed private estate lake just a short cast away. Perfect for a family day where you may enjoy a superb Greyhound on the Test fisherman’s hamper on the lake or riverside at lunch time.

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Price guide: Fly fishing beats from £108 per rod (person) inclusive of VAT. Professional fly fishing guides £275 per day.

Typical chalk stream fly fishing day itinerary

  • 8.30am. Your friendly fishing guide collects you from the Inn after a hearty breakfast
  • 9.15am. Tackle up and begin fishing the beat of your choice.
  • 1.00pm. Relax on the lawn of the estate ‘fishing gardens’ in the shade of thatched fishermen’s huts and the trickle of crystal clear water. Your lunchtime treat is a superb fishermen’s hamper specially prepared by our chef.
  • 2.00pm onwards. Enjoy some dry fly action as the evening rise approaches. Evening. Return to the hotel for a well earned pint and some tall fishing tales at the bar. Followed by dinner.

Hampshire Chalk Streams

  • River Test
  • The Bourne Rivulet
  • River Dever
  • River Anton
  • Wallop Brook
  • River Dun
  • Little River Test (salmon and sea trout)
  • Testwood Pool (salmon and sea trout)
  • River Meon
  • River Itchen
  • River Alre
  • Candover Brook
  • Cheriton Brook
  • Elm Stream

Wiltshire Chalk Streams

  • River Avon
  • River Nadder
  • River Wylye

Berkshire Chalk Streams

  • River Kennet
  • River Lambourn

Dorset Chalk Streams

  • River Frome
  • River Piddle

Corporate Entertainment Fly Fishing Days

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The water’s edge of our chalk stream beats is the most beautiful and quintessentially English setting for a corporate event. Thatched fishing huts, teak picnic tables, barn owls hunting over adjacent water meadows and the crystal clear water running by. As fly fishers ourselves, we specialise in catering for the individual client as well as larger corporate groups. Allow us to build a bespoke day around your particular requirements. Thus, allowing you and your guests to relax and focus on this fascinating and most traditional of country sports – fly fishing.

Blast and Cast days and Clay Pigeon Shooting

How about a morning’s simulated game shooting followed by the afternoon and evening fly fishing? We arrange a morning of clay pigeons launched from various stands to mimic the different wild game in the UK. You can test your marksmanship with a shotgun in complete safety with our shooting instructors on hand to help you with your swing. After a leisurely and relaxing lunch you will be greeted by our fly fishing instructors who will transport you to the river bank to spend the best part of the day fly fishing. Shooting and fishing – the perfect combination of country sports for your guests to exercise their competitive streak.

For Reservations please contact: Tel: 01264 810833 Email: info@thegreyhoundonthetest.co.uk

For specialist fly fishing advice, please speak to Howard direct at howard@upstreamdryfly.com Tel: 01425 403209 or 07748 832968