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  • Chalkstream Fly Fishing in Dorset

    Fishing Breaks offers the widest selection of the very best chalk stream brown trout, salmon and sea trout fly and nymph fishing in the county of Dorset.

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    Thomas Hardy made Dorset his own where the rivers of the county interweave through the pages of his Wessex novels, with Tess of the D’Urbervilles buried on the banks of the River Frome.

    The rivers Frome and Allen are remarkable success stories in the preservation of our chalkstreams. A small group of locals, some of whom went on to found the Wild Trout Trust,  were at the forefront of the drive to protect and improve these rivers more than two decades ago, so that we are now at the point where all the Wessex streams have healthy, self-sustaining wild trout populations.

    Dorset is a great county to fish and visit, with its amazing Jurassic Coast, mighty Iron Age castles, chocolate box villages like Shaftesbury and the boastful Cerne Abbas Giant.

    Our rivers


    River Allen Deans Court

    Free rising fish fast on the take.


    River Allen Wimborne St Giles

    Truly the most peaceful fishing you’ll ever find.


    River Frome Holmewood NEW

    The best salmon and sea trout beat in Wessex


    River Frome Ilsington

    A true wild trout paradise and home to the new British grayling record


    River Frome Wrackleford

    The best managed fishing on the whole of the Frome.


    Your fishing guide - Tony King

     Tony divides his time between his river-keeping work, guiding and taking his boat out along the Dorset coast for sea bass on the fly.

    He has some sound advice. ‘On my rivers you fish the water, rather than the fish, which are often devilishly hard to spot. The best method is to get below a run between the weed and work the water with delicately presented dries, on the lightest of tippets. That said, when the hatches come on (we have a fantastic grannom hatch in April), the river boils and it is just a case of getting the right fly in the right place for a bumper day.’

    You can read more about Tony King on the Fishing Guides page. If you wish to pick Tony’s brain, email him at All diary and booking enquiries should be made to Fishing Breaks.

    Fishing advice and flies

    The trout season runs from April to September with the opening weeks dominated by the grannom hatch. The mayfly hatches from late May into June, followed by glorious summer action with olives, sedges, ants and daddy long legs. To buy flies click here. .

    Top Dorset flies:

    Grannom  (16)


    French Partridge (10)


    Black Gnat (16)
    GRHE (16-18)

    Elk Hair Caddis (14)
    PTN (16-18)


    Light Hendrikson (16-18)


    Pale Water Spinner (16)

    Recommended trout outfit: 7.5ft rod, with 3-4wt floating line. Tippet to 2lb/6x.
    Waders generally advised.

    Places of interest

    Jurassic Coast

    Thomas Hardy

    Homes of Thomas Hardy

    Pig on the Beach

    The Pig Hotel

    View the full Fishing Breaks accommodation guide


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        Life of a Chalkstream


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    Hampshire SO20 8EW

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