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  • Grayling Fishing

    Fishing Breaks has great fly fishing for grayling on nine rivers in six counties

    Our rivers   

    Record Grayling
    Simon Ellis with his British Record grayling caught on the River Frome at Ilsington on February 19th 2019

    As the trout season draws to a close the grayling come into their own. As the leaves fall from the trees and autumn turns to winter, amidst the spawning trout grayling are fascinating creatures with their different quirks and habits.

    For decades grayling were considered something of a pest and river keepers were instructed to remove them. However, we happily live in more enlightened times where the grayling is rightly regarded as the fourth game fish, for many an equal to the salmon, brown trout and sea trout.

    WATCH THE VIDEO Watch this beautiful short film on grayling fishing shot by CHALK directors Leo Cincolo and Chris Cooper at Bullington Manor. Click here

    Bob Preston

    GRAYLING COURSE Our very own Guide/Instructor Bob Preston is passionate about grayling; you’ll rarely meet anyone with a better understanding of their habits and foibles. His One Day Grayling Course is a must for anyone interested in mastering the specialised techniques for successful grayling fishing in all conditions.

    John Bailey (with simon ellis

    A BRITISH RECORD GRAYLING with John Bailey When we set the dates for the John Bailey trips to the River Frome last season little did we know that one would result in a new British record. You can join John in 2020 to try for a new record.

    Location: Ilsington, River Frome

    21/22 February 2020

    Grayling fishing with John Bailey       £325



    Price is per person for a full day (9.30am-5.30pm) to include all fishing charges. Waders required.

    Despite the winter rains the chalkstreams will generally run clear, perfect for sight fishing with Red Tags, the Grayling Witch, Shrimp patterns and Killer Bugs for the "lady of the river". Our grayling beats open from October to the end of February.

    Andy Buckley
    Avon Springs
    Bullington Manor
    Coln St Aldwyns
    Coombe Mill
    Cotton's Fishing Temple
    Deans Court
    Donnington Grove
    Qing Ya Xi
    Steeple Langford
    Upavon Farm
    Upper Clatford
    (River Itchen)
    (Middle Dove)
    (River Avon)
    (Upper Test)
    (River Coln)
    (River Avon)
    (River Dove)
    (River Allen)
    (River Lambourn)
    (River Frome)
    (River Itchen)
    (River Itchen)
    (River Wylye)
    (River Avon)
    (River Anton)
    (River Frome)
    Oct 1 – Dec 31
    Sep 1 – Feb 28
    Oct 15 – Feb 28
    Oct 14 – Jan 31
    Oct 1 – Feb 28
    Oct 16 – Dec 31
    Oct 8 – Feb 28
    Oct 1 – Dec 31
    Oct 17 – Feb 28
    Oct 16 – Feb 28
    Oct 1 – Dec 31
    Oct 1 – Dec 31
    Oct 1 – Nov 30
    Oct 16 – Feb 28
    Oct 1 – Dec 3
    Oct 1 – Jan 31







    Our Rivers

    River Itchen Avington

    The clearest sight fishing you will ever experience


    Middle Dove with Andy Buckley

    Clonking grayling guided by the expert eye


    River Avon Avon Springs

    Just downstream of Frank Sawyer’s Netheravon


    River Test Bullington Manor

    Sight fishing in gin-clear water across all four beats


    River Coln Coln St Aldwyns

    Much longer beat for 2018/19


    River Avon Coombe Mill NEW

    Highly productive grayling beat


    River Dove Cotton's Fishing Temple

    History and fishing combined.


    River Allen Deans Court

    Good value and very pretty


    River Lambourn Donnington Grove

    One of the best grayling chalkstreams you will find


    River Frome Ilsington

    Home to the current British grayling record


    River Itchen Kanara

    An all wading grayling beat


    River Itchen Qing Ya Xi Lodge

    Good clarity and excellent facilities


    River Wyle Steeple Langford NEW

    All wading and all wild trout beat


    River Avon Upavon Farm

    The all wading beat in Sawyer country


    River Anton Upper Clatford

    Gin clear and well sheltered


    River Frome Wrackleford NEW

    Roam over combined trout beats



    For further details, please complete our enquiry form or e-mail







        Life of a Chalkstream


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

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