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In the heart of the valley here at Rockbourne, runs a mile stretch of pristine chalk stream, part of Sweatfords Water and a tributary of the famous Hampshire Avon .Work is in progress to open this stretch for anglers this spring.

This pristine, intimate chalk stream, untouched for over a decade, is home to some exquisite truly wild Brown Trout which reach 1 lb in weight, and which will test the skills of even the most experienced of fly fishers. We will be supplementing these very precious ‘wildies’ with some beautifully marked, fully finned, hard fighting Browns in order to ease pressure on the native population and allow our anglers to take a brace of fish home with them.

The water is crystal clear – good for stalking and spotting fish. Wildlife is abundant, Kingfishers nest in the banks and can often be seen, and one of our anglers spotted a Nightingale recently. In fact, this ancient woodland, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is a haven for wildlife. It would be hard to find a more beautiful and tranquil spot: a real escape and a wonderful experience indeed.

There is an excellent May Fly hatching and abundant other fly life including damsel flies, Demoiselles and Sedge on the stream, and superb sport to be had during open season.

In order to preserve the quality of sport and the pristine nature of the valley, availability will be strictly limited and pre booking is essential. To ensure the stream is only lightly fished, there will be an exclusive two rod beat available only on a couple of days a week. 


  • No wading
  • Upstream dry fly only
  • No fish to be kept under 12 “
  • Catch and release on wild fish
  • Anglers may keep a brace of fish under 1 lb.
  • Cancellation fee applies.( Chargeable at full rate if cancellation less than 2 weeks of visit.)
  • Barbless hooks only.
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