All our fisheries* are currently covered by the postponement/rollover policy that allows you to choose as follows:

come fishing from 8/May onwards on the original date if government policy allows it. The fishing huts will be out of bounds and observe all the usual social distancing rules.
postpone until a date later in the season TBA. If the value of the new date is less than the original date a credit will rolled forward to be used later in 2020 or the 2021 season. Likewise, if the new date is more expensive the difference will be paid.
rollover the date to the 2021 season

We require at least 7 days' notice prior to the date of your fishing if you wish to postpone or rollover. This policy is agreed strictly on a fishery-by-fishery basis.

*Mottisfont Abbey (Test) and School Farm (Dun) have separate arrangements.

Covid-19 money back pledge
Any new* booking has a 100% money back guarantee if you have to subsequently cancel due to a Covid-19 related reason.

*since 16/March /2020

If you have any questions on your booking
please email me.

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.

Our rivers | Your guide | Places to stay | Fishing advice and flies | Maps

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

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

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Fishing Breaks
The Mill
Heathman Street
Nether Wallop
Hampshire SO20 8EW

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