River Test Dry Fly Trout Fishing

Houghton Lodge

Houghton Lodge boasts two tranquil beats – the lower beat being the main river and approximately 250 yards long and the upper beat half a mile of one of the main carriers. We take pride in trying to provide some of the best fishing this beautiful river can offer and maintain stocks to a very high level. Both beats have their own fishing huts and private car parking. Both beats are beautifully kept, with good casting and little obstruction. The fishing is mainly brown trout with some grayling and occasional rainbow trout; fishermen may keep a brace of fish if they require. We can provide fishing hampers or on the bank catering, provided by McCrimmon & Reid. With twin bed accommodation available onsite, it makes the ideal break for a father and son. We have a great pub, The Boot Inn, within walking distance. Guides and private tuition are also available. Please contact Oliver Busk 07884204324 or oliverbusk@houghtonlodge.co.uk for further information.

Day and season rods available

The season runs from the 1st May – 15th October. During the mayfly the price is £200 per rod and at all other times the price is £150 a rod. In the winter grayling and pike fishing is available.

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.

Fishing style

Upstream dry fly only until 30th June, and thereafter an unweighted upstream nymph may be used. Wading is not permitted and unnecessary!


Choose one of our gourmet house hampers. For additional items see our extra treats section. Free delivery within a 5 mile radius of Stockbridge. Hampers must be paid for at time of booking. All Hampers are freshly prepared therefore we require a minimum 3 days’ notice. View hampers here.

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 McCrimmon and Reid what you would like and they can tailor a package.


Tuition can be arranged. Well behaved dogs accepted on the lower beat only.

Prices include VAT.

“Hi Seth, just want to say we’ve had such an amazing day! Everyone caught more than 3 with the last hour being simply amazing, rises and plenty rushing the fly. Very appreciated for the flies you let us use everyone says a huge thanks to you. Nick left them underneath the BBQ for you. Again huge thanks and look forward to coming again! Great day! Best Alex.”

“Hi Daniel just a line to express our thanks and appreciation for the wonderful opportunity to fish your beats of the Test on Friday. Also your time and patience endeavouring to assist two absolute beginners. We did not manage to hoodwink any of the many wiley trout in the water but thoroughly enjoyed the special day regardless. We left your tackle in the tea room and also had a look at the pictures and cuttings on the walls, very interesting. We will return and look around the gardens and enjoy a cup of tea and cake at earliest opportunity. Thanks again.”

For fishing enquiries, prices and booking contact:

Oliver Busk