Chalkstream fly fishing with Fishing Breaks

The Mill
Heathman Street
Nether Wallop
Hampshire SO20 8EW
T: 01264 781988
F: 01264 782590



Welcome to the English chalkstreams

Not many people know that when John Keats wrote his ode To Autumn the ‘Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ had been inspired after a walk along the River Itchen on a late September afternoon of 1820. To my mind it is a complicated poem requiring much re-reading to get the full sense of the verse, but the life of the chalkstream does get a look in with words that probably mean more to readers of the fly fishing bent that most others.
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies

Black Gnat

Keats was full 30 years ahead of Frederick Halford but his poem does offer a small insight into the hatch as the Black Gnat is one of the most versatile autumn patterns.


Book tour
The Otters’ Tale on Tour
Join me at events over the autumn.

Nine rivers in six counties for 2017/18.

Last minute booking
Always worth checking on-line availability even in the peak periods.


The chalkstreams range far and wide from the famous River Test in Hampshire across six other counties from Dorset in the west to Yorkshire in the north. Every river (we have over twenty) is very special in its own right and you will find a description, photos, location map, video and prices for each, plus my unique Tranquillity and Difficulty rating.Look out for the beats that have my Exclusive to Fishing Breaks tag, which are only available through my company.

Here at Nether Wallop Mill, in the heart of Hampshire, I host our private tuition, courses and family days from April to October. Everyone is welcome and with a beautiful thatched cabin overlooking a gin-clear, well stocked lake with rainbow, brown and blue trout this has to be the most wonderful place to catch your first ever fish.

There are various ways to book: the on-line system shows up-to-the minute availability. Alternatively do give me a call or drop me an email as I am always happy to discuss the options if you are undecided.

Finally if you are browsing the site with a birthday, anniversary or special occasion in mind, I’d point you in the direction of our gift vouchers. I have set a standard that few match in terms of breadth of choice, ease of use and a ground-breaking two years in which to use them.

I hope a great fishing trip is about to begin.

Best wishes!

Simon Cooper

  Fishing Awards

Fishing Breaks Founder and Managing Director

Tel: 01264 781988