Pre Trip Advice

Tackle and Kit:

8 ft – 9ft rod 5/6# WF floating line. On some smaller rivers and carriers a 7ft-8ft rod with a 3/4#weight either W/F or double taper floating line – all matched with reliable reels. Monofilament tapered leaders (9ft) 2-6lb breaking strain, spare tippet material 2-6lb (6x-2x) When wanting to fish a very fine leader use Fluorcarbon Grand Max 4.75lb 6x. Knotless net, flotant, sinkants, clippers, priest, fish bag, and waders if required. Prior to your fishing trip we will advise on appropriate flies for the time in question. All tackle can be provided by prior arrangement.


No bright clothing – green or dark coloured shirts are much less visible. Long sleeved shirts and long lightweight trousers are best. Long peaked caps help vision and safety. Polarised glasses are essential for spotting fish easily and protect anglers from flies! A pocketed fishing vest is useful and a waterproof coat in case of showers.

Waders / Boots:

On some beats wading is necessary; on most, however, we fish from the bank. Knee length wellingtons are fine but on hot summer days a pair of waterproof lightweight walking boots might be preferred.


We can advise on a number of excellent Inns and Hotels which are all close to the chalk streams who specialise in accommodating anglers. Please click here for more information.

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