Fishing in 2020

2020 fishing will be available for viewing from 08:00 on Thursday 6th Feb and booking will start at 08:00 on Saturday 8th Feb. 

The advantage to our fisheries is that we guarantee to take a days throughout the season which gives the fishery owner an upfront payment with which to stock the fishery and takes away the uncertainty of trying to sell any rods on our particular day. This advantage allows them to discount the fishing substantially for us giving even more of a bargain. Of course the uncertainty is hence taken on by us, which with our pricing strategy, means we are reliant on all of you to take all the fishing!

There are some changes to the programme which continues with your firm favourites, some new fisheries with an increase in total of available rod days:

Avon Northend - Probably the cheapest salmon fishing to be found. Early season the fishing can be along traditional lines due to absence of weed whilst later on the tactics include the induced take using nymphs. 2019 saw a number of good salmon landed and of course returned with a 25 pounder caught on the beat below us in late March. Reports from up river at the Woodfords indicate a record number of redds, which is encouraging

Avon Bickton Barty - Real budget fishing and highly recommended to take a novice due to the number of fish (the fish farm adjoining could be something to do with this!) Its also a very pretty spot. 2019 fished well with some really big ones coming out including an 8 pounder for a 13 year old beginner!

Avon Woodend (Salterton) - This fishery had a good 2019 with continued work on the river and banks. It has been confirmed that stocking will be increased this seaon and there is grayling fishing later in the year (of which more nearer the time).

Itchen Abbas - Probably our most popular beat fished well all season.

NEW: Itchen carrier at Easton –The Carrier at Easton is an exceptionally rare stretch of gin-clear chalk stream that leads into the main river. In places the fishing presents a technical challenge for even the most experienced fly fisherman. We have one day per week here and the price is for two rods. Please note that the booking system for the Carrier is a change from the norm and will be explained in our next email.

Kennet, Denford – One of our favourite fisheries which has had a change in 2020. We now fish Mondays with 6 rods every other week. One can of course still book individually but this change also allows anyone to take all 6 rods. Hence you can entertain family, friends or perhaps clients having the fishery to yourselves - a fairly unusual opportunity on one of the most secluded, pretty spots on the Kennet - a place where you can literally lose yourself! We share this water with the Pifflers who I notice seem to catch more than Lloyds - I can’t quite believe this.

NEW: River Dun, Hungerford - This is a new fishery to us being a little gem and part of the world famous Hungerford Town and Manor fishery, gifted to the townsfolk by John of Gaunt. The Hungerford Marsh beat extends for approximately 950 metres of the River Dun (which is a major tributary of the River Kennet in Hungerford). Despite being only a short walk from the town this is a very private and intimate section of river with its own fishing hut. It is crystal clear, creepy crawly fishing where stealth will be the key. The price is for two rods.

Lambourn, Weston Farm - A water for the purist, the fish can be shy but offer a rewarding challenge. Many members love this place for good reason.

Test, Houghton Lodge - This fishery continues a great success. The Lower beat has one of the best pools on the entire river being responsible for biggest fish of the season on Society waters in 2018 & 2019.  Seth, the River Keeper, is usually about to give a hand in his relaxed, no nonsense manner and certainly helped a number of members to score. The Upper beat is more challenging and offers some of the best priced prime Test fishing available.

Test, Mottisfont - Pricing again unchanged on this much loved prime beat.

Test, Nursing - we still have 3 rods but have arranged to take the third on a pay as you use basis. The beat fished well in 2019.

Test, Testwood - This is a unique seatrout fishery, fished from 10pm through to 3am being the most productive seatrout pool in England. It is difficult fishing in the pitch dark but produces big seatrout consistently - the fishery is reliant on fishers to go catch and release which will not unduly concern LFS members for the main part practise this already. There is accommodation and breakfast available.

Grayling - Interest has been voiced in possible grayling fishing. We are working on this and can currently say that we expect Autumn fishing to be available at Itchen Abbas, the Avon at Salterton  and at Houghton Lodge Upper beat on the Test.

Over to you, tight lines!

Fishing Committee
Chris Higham
Alan Dawes
Antony Hoare