Upstream Dry Fly

Dry Fly Fishing

Upper River Test & beautiful River Dever EXCLUSIVE TO UPSTREAMDRYFLY

Upstreamdryfly have the exclusive letting on this first class water or the upper River Test and River Dever. 7 (2 rod) beats including the confluence of the rivers Test and Dever. The upstream beats are bounded by Bransbury Common - a SSSI nature reserve with all kinds of wildlife, barn owls, orchids and lots of insects offering excellent dry fly sport.

Hi Howard,

Just an email to say how much we both enjoyed the fishing on your beats. The Bransbury Common beat of the Dever was a memorable experience... Chalkstream fishing at its best. Despite the very hot conditions we both took fish on the Dever and Wallop Brook (at Bossington). The surprise of wallop brook was a whopping 24" Rainbow (probably a fishery escapee!) that I ended up hooking in one of the deep pools on a bend - I wasn't expecting that! Still, I had a lovely day fishing for the wild fish and took a lovely brownie of 12" out of a difficult lie.

I ended up mainly fishing a size 18 griffiths knat to take most of my fish and my father was doing well on either a small black knat or a small olive klinkhammer. We were blown away with the health of the Dever and the quality of the fish... Thankyou for the recommendation.

I'd be very interest as to which other beats you have similar to the Dever, as it would be lovely to take another trip into Hampshire? Are there any other beats available on the Common?

In the meantime, please pass on our thanks to the river keeper and below are some fish from the Dever.

Best Wishes

Richard [July 11th 2013]


A barn owl over the river Dever

Sunset over Bransbury Common

Stalking a good rising fish on the lower river Dever

The upper beat on the Dever

Casting to a rising trout on the crystal clear river Dever

Suberb water clarity - the river Test's little sister - the Dever

The Dever. The Test's only tributary flowing from the east has excellent water clarity year round.

River Dever, casting upstream in an olive hatch

River Dever - July

A brown trout feeding heavily

The Estate Fish Gardens and table laid for fly fishers' luncheon!

The Fish Gardens

The upper river Test and a good olive hatch

Playing a nice trout on the most downstream beat of this Estate water

Time for a brew - Kelly Kettle tea on the river bank

Ask about our Corporate Fly Fishing Days...Fully catered luncheon in the Fish Gardens

A summer's day - perfect!

One of the river Test beats

A very large brown trout taken in the confluence pool ...meeting place of the Test and Dever

Some fly fishers really have to 'rough it'!

Wonderful wildlife - the song of warblers in the reeds.

The old iron hatches

The thatched fishermen's hut in the evening early season

The jewel in the crown....a chalk stream wild trout

President Bush Snr signs the catch returns book

The upper hatch pool and old sluice gates

The 'wilds' of an ancient Hampshire common

The upstream beats of the Test

Mr Vinnie Jones prepares for the day