Fly Fishing Excellence
We offer the finest fly fishing on three fishery syndicates on the River Kennet and River Dun.
We place great emphasis on traditional fly fishing in a gentlemanly manner, rather than modern ‘catch as many fish as you can’ type approaches. For us the surroundings and setting are as important as the amount of fish caught. We therefore manage our fishery in much the same way as the rest of our estate – with an emphasis on ecology, wildlife, history and tradition.
We are proud of our healthy population of wild brown trout and insist that all fish under 1.5lbs are returned. The fishing is by dry fly from 1st May to 1st July, after which upstream nymph fishing is allowed. We prefer that nymphs represent a natural insect.
We run three syndicates, which are called The Main River Kennet Fishery, Hungerford Marsh Fishery and Freeman’s Marsh Fishery.
MAIN RIVER KENNET FISHERY
The Main River Kennet Fishery consists of nine beats stretching from the Chilton Foliat fishery downstream to Avington. A sport fishery has been running here at Hungerford since the Wilton Fly Fishing Club started in 1876. In the intervening years, many of the country’s best-known anglers have fished at Hungerford and continue to do so, in recognition of the quality of the fishing on offer.
Our season starts on 1 May. The best of the sport to be had at the start of the season is during the morning to hatches of hawthorn fly and olives.
Our mayfly season runs from the last week of May until the second week of June.
Throughout the summer, the best of the fishing is of an evening, with exceptional rises of fish to blue winged olive.
As summer draws to a close, the longer and cooler nights encourage fish to become more active in the daytime and fishing with large sedge patterns is favoured.
Membership is let as a full rod (i.e. 7 days a week, fish any beat at any time).
Hungerford Marsh beat extends for approximately 950 metres of the River Dun (which is a major tributary of the River Kennet in Hungerford). This is a very private and intimate section of River with its own fishing hut.
We run this beat as a wild trout fishery and although it has only been in our management for a few years, we have already fish to 5.5lbs caught and returned.
Membership is let as a nominated day of the week and rods are permitted to bring a guest if they so wish.
Freeman’s Marsh is 1 kilometre in length and is situated upstream of Hungerford Marsh on the River Dun. Although the same River, this beat is much shallower. Consequently, most of the fish caught are smaller but more numerous than on Hungerford Marsh. This beat is more wild in character and flows through the Freeman’s Marsh SSSI. It is therefore more physically challenging to fish this beat.
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At Hungerford we have a healthy population
of grayling, with many fish in excess of 2lbs and some in excess of 3lbs.
Members are welcome to fish for grayling on all three syndicates until the end of December.
MEET THE TEAM
Our River Keeper, Rob Starr (with trout), is a highly experienced and knowledgeable member of the team, as well as being a qualified fly casting instructor. He is a non-executive director of Action for the River Kennet and sits on their executive committee. Working with his assistant, Jimmy Hill, they keep the fishery in exceptional condition throughout the season.
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