Leckford

Location

Stockbridge, Hampshire



Summary

16 Beats of middle Test, Main River and Carriers.

We also 2 Stillwater Trout Fisheries

Upstream dry fly fishing only until July 31st, after this a nymph may be used but it must be a fair representation of a natural nymph.


Description

Located near Stockbridge in Hampshire, the Estate occupies approximately 4,000 acres split down the middle, north to south, by the River Test, with Leckford village on the east of the river and Longstock village on the west.

Our business involves farming, food production, property management, retail, leisure and events.

The River travels through almost one thousand acres of Water Meadows, which provide a sanctuary for a wide variety of plants and animals. Fishing at Leckford is a truly special experience, a chance to fish the famous River Test surrounded by the unique Chalkstream habitat. Sit quietly on a bench watching for a Trout to rise and you have every chance of seeing Kingfishers, Watervoles and maybe a Hobby catching insects. It is often said that ' there is more to fishing than catching fish' and never has this been more true than at Leckford.

Testside and Longstock Park Lakes
Testside Lakes were formerly the home of Spedan Lewis' collection of ornamental wildfowl. The site was developed in 1997 to become a premier Stillwater Trout Fishery. Stocked with Estate reared Rainbow and Brown Trout it is open for fly fishing year round (weather permitting)

Longstock Park Lake has been created from a ancient Peat Digging that is part of the River Test SSSI. It offers Fly Fishing for Brown and Rainbow Trout in a secluded and unspoilt part of the Hampshire countryside.

Both Lakes have fully equipped Lodges, with kitchen and toilet facilities. The number of anglers per day is strictly limited to provide the ideal venues to relax and enjoy the sport.

A maximum of 2 rods per beat.
The Lake fisheries both have fully equipped Lodges and can be booked for Corporate type days as well as Day Ticket.

Tuition can be arranged with the Riverkeeping team.
All of our fisheries are stocked with Estate reared Brown and Rainbow Trout.

A selection of flies and leaders are available to purchase at the Fishing HQ, adjacent to the Farm Shop.

RODS:
For the Main River and the Lakes, a 9 foot rod for a 5 or 6 weight line will be ideal, for the Carrier Beats such as 4x, a lighter rod rated for a 3 or 4 weight is fine.

LEADERS:
Clear mono leaders, 9 feet long with a Tippet of 4lb will be adequate for the majority of Trout, in the Mayfly you can step up to 5 or 6lb.

FLIES:
Everything from Gray Wulffs on a size 10 to tiny Midges and Reed Smuts on 18;s or 20's. Traditional Chalkstream flies all have their day, Tups Indispensible, Greenwells Glory and of course the Leckford Professor will catch Trout as well now as when they were invented.

The newer patterns are being used more frequently and catch a lot of fish on the right day. CdC and Klinkhammers especially in Claret or Black are good year on year as are Red or Yellow Humpies, especially for Rainbow Trout after the Mayfly. If I had to choose one fly for the whole season it would be a Parachute Adams in a size 14.

The Lakes also have good hatches of fly and can be caught on the Dry most days of the season, Damsel Nymphs and Buzzers are favourites if they are not rising.



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