Day rods are now available to book on a private, secluded beat of the famous River Test


Chilbolton Fishing in a private, secluded 280 metres of the main River Test situated adjacent to Chilbolton Common.

The beat has 2 islands, a comfortable rustic fishing hut and numerous seats and jetties.

The picturesque hut has tables and chairs which you are welcome you use on the bank along with the provided BBQ. Also available are a selection of wellies to use and tackle to hire.


This is a family-owned fishery and not run as a commercial enterprise. The ethos is to enjoy your day on the River Test, relaxing in a beautiful natural setting with the knowledge that when you book you have the whole place to yourself.

During the winter of 2021, The Wessex River Trust has carried out extensive bank improvements resulting in better access and a more sinuous river profile.

Location & Directions

You cannot drive directly to the secluded beat which is accessed by a 800m (10 mins) walk across Chilbolton cow common.

Safe secure parking is available at a private residential property for just £5 per day.

Park in Wherwell or Chilbolton and follow the perimeter  dog walking path around the common until you see the Chilbolton Fishing sign and gate. The path takes you to the fishing hut.

There is a mowed area around the hut for socialising and a fishing seat designating each end of the beat.

Chilbolton Fishing Rules

At Chilbolton Fishing you are fishing for brown trout and grayling, and there are a few rules.
  1. Upstream dry fly and nymph only.
  2. No wading allowed.
  3. All Grayling to be returned.
  4. All trout under 12″ (300mm) to be returned.
  5. Brown trout limit – 5 fish per day. You can retain 2 fish but please return a further 3 fish.
  6. Please record your catch in the record book.

Day Rates

£90 per day for 1 rod

£160 per day for 2 rods

Grayling Fishing

£40 per day per rod (available mid-October to the end of December)

Booking & Contact

Contact: Jeff Hounslow

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