River Test

Destination: River Test (Kimbridge Beat)
Country: UK
Freshwater: River fishing
Capacity: up to 5 per day
Season: 3rd April - 15th October
Specialties: Fish the most famous chalk stream in the UK
Species: Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Grayling

The Fishery


The Test Valley is one of the best-kept secrets in Hampshire, nestled between Winchester, Salisbury and the New Forest, and only an hour's drive from London. The area is characterised by its wonderful countryside, attractive villages, the famous River Test and bustling market towns of Andover, Stockbridge and Romsey.

The River Test is regarded as the most famous chalk stream in the United Kingdom. Physically it is the longest, being 39 miles from source to estuary and flows through some beautiful countryside from its source in the hamlet of Ashe to the sea at Southampton.

The river is said to be the home of modern fly-fishing and it is high quality game fisheries that have made the River Test justifiably famous. Its chalk water and abundance of weeds are ideal for trout and grayling.


The village of Kimbridge is situated beside the River Test between Romsey and Stockbridge, on a prime stretch of the river referred to as 'Middle Test'. The fishery is accessed via a private road to a private car park.

The Fishery

The 'Ginger Beer' beat is a flagship beat of the River Test. It has a long history dating back to the Doomsday book. This productive beat is a third of a mile in length with a medium flow rate, with interesting shallows and a bubbling top pool.

The Fishery has an equipped thatched fishing lodge and maintained lawn area. Easy access and its private location make it ideal for entertaining.

Alternatively Kimbridge village has a Farm Shop and Restaurant ("Annies") and the Bear & Ragged Staff public house is nearby.

The Fishing

You will find big numbers of brown trout and rainbow trout in this beat. It has also a good abundance of grayling. The fishing is for brown trout, using up-stream dry fly and nymph.

The Season

The trout fishing season runs from the 3rd April to the 15th October. The best, most famous and also most expensive time of the year is the mayfly season from 15th May - 8th June. But don't worry, the fishing earlier and later during the season is cheaper and is still exceptional.

Please contact us with any questions or for booking information.