The Piscatorial Society

Fly fishing and conserving the chalk streams

We fish and look after nearly 20 miles of water among the chalk streams of Southern England.

One of the world’s oldest fishing organisations, we’re fly fishers focused on trout and grayling on the Itchen, Alre, Upper Test, Avon and Wylye.

While much of our river fishing is catch and release for wild fish, we have some productive stocked beats and two lakes stocked with rainbows.

Our rivers offer a mix of wading and bank fishing, and we use traditional methods, casting barbless flies upstream to observed feeding fish. From October to December we switch to grayling fishing, when upstream nymphing is permitted, while our lakes are open all year round.

All our fishing is in beautiful but sensitive environments – either Sites of Special Scientific Interest, Special Areas of Conservation or both – and our Wylye fishing is also in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. In managing these waters we aim to preserve their natural beauty and to provide habitats where the natural recruitment of wild fish can take place.

But the Society is about more than world-class fly fishing – explore our website further to see how…

One of the world’s oldest angling clubs, employing traditional fly fishing techniques on the chalk streams of southern England