River Test Dry Fly Trout Fishing
Day and season rods
Houghton Lodge estate has two beats on the River Test at Houghton. The upper beat, 1/2 a mile of carrier, and a lower beat of 300 yards of main river. Fishing is from the West bank only. Both beats have their own fishing hut. The season runs from 1st May-15th October.
Stocking and returning fish
If you wish to take fish home we would be grateful if you could limit yourself to 1 and 1/2 brace per day. Please return any fish under 2 lbs.
Upstream dry fly only until 30th June, and thereafter an unweighted upstream nymph may be used. Wading is not permitted and unnecessary!
Fishing hut and fishing book
There is an attractive hut with chairs and some reading material for those quiet periods during the day. Please make a note in the Fishing Book of all the fish that you have caught. For management purposes we need a record of the number and size of fish killed, please. Comments and criticisms are always welcome. It is always of interest to other rods and for the management of the water to know what fly life there has been on any day and which flies were being taken, so do please record those details also.
Honesty hampers are available to order to add to the enjoyment and comfort of your day. Made using fresh, seasonal and wherever possible local ingredients they can be collected from Honesty at Houghton Lodge tea room on the day of your trip. Click here to find out more.
Corporate Fishing Days
If you would like to entertain your client with a days fishing on the River Test, a champagne hamper or riverside hog roast-just tell us what you would like and we can tailor a package to suit your needs.
Tuition can be arranged. There is no full time keeper. Dogs are not invited.
Prices include VAT.