Upstream Dry Fly

Fly Fishing Courses and lessons

Testwood and Nursling Fishery 2017 bookings now open

<b>Testwood and Nursling Fishery 2017 bookings now open</b>"It's not as far or as far fetched as the Yemen. There really are salmon and sea trout to be caught within an hour's drive of London", says Charle...Read More

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NEW FOR 2017 Fly fishing beats on rivers Avon, Nadder, Itchen, Test and Kennet

<font color=green><b>NEW FOR 2017</b></font>  Fly fishing beats on rivers Avon, Nadder, Itchen, Test and KennetFor 2017, we are proud to offer the highest quality fly fishing on some 80+ beats on over 20 named rivers, for trout, salmon, sea trout, and grayli...Read More

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The River Dun, Blue Pool Beat

<b>The River Dun, Blue Pool Beat  </b>The River Dun, Blue Pool Beat (a tributary of the river Test), known as The Blue Pool Beat. The beat is just over 1 km. Another secluded n...Read More

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The Tanyard Beat (Middle / lower Test).

<b>The Tanyard Beat (Middle / lower Test).</b>The Tanyard Beat (Middle / lower Test). The main river Test just below Romsey with a backdrop of Broadlands Manor House. This all wading beat...Read More

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FURTHER RESTORATION in 2015 and stock fencing in 2015 of our River Meon beat voted in Britain's top 5 finest trout streams by Paul Procter.

<b>FURTHER RESTORATION in 2015 and stock fencing in 2015 of our River Meon beat voted in Britain's top 5 finest trout streams by Paul Procter.</b>The river Meon near Droxford (Midlington), Hampshire. Voted as one of Britain's top 5 finest trout streams in Trout and Salmon Magazine [Ma...Read More

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Hurdcott Estate - River Nadder (Avon tributary).

<b>Hurdcott Estate - River Nadder (Avon tributary).</b>Hurdcott Estate - River Nadder (Avon tributary). This is simply the perfect venue to fish and to entertain in wonderful surroundings.The Hur...Read More

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Our beautiful beats on the river Test and Dever and the confluence of the two for 2017

<b>Our beautiful beats on the river Test and Dever and the confluence of the two for 2017</b>Rivers Test and Dever. Of the 80 or so fly fishing beats on the Upstreamdryfly portfolio, the lower reaches of the beautiful river Dever just ...Read More

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River Test, The Bossington water

<b>River Test, The Bossington water</b>Bossington (middle Test). Part of British aviation history, Bossington is in ownership of the Fairey family, makers of the Fairey Swordfish aer...Read More

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The Craven Fishery of the upper river Kennet

<b>The Craven Fishery of the upper river Kennet</b>The Craven Fishery of the upper river Kennet We are very proud to have the letting on this very beautiful privately owned water for 2015. Qui...Read More

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Littlecote Fishery, Eastridge Estate (upper Kennet).

<b>Littlecote Fishery, Eastridge Estate (upper Kennet).</b>Littlecote Fishery, Eastridge Estate (upper Kennet). The Eastridge Estate’s stretch of the River Kennet, on the Berkshire / Wiltshire border (...Read More

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The River Avon, Wilsford Manor Estate

<b>The River Avon, Wilsford Manor Estate </b>The River Avon, Wilsford Manor Estate This fishery comprises of approximately 1 mile of double bank fishing on the upper River Avon, as well ...Read More

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The River Itchen, East Lodge Estate

<b>The River Itchen, East Lodge Estate </b>The River Itchen, East Lodge Estate East Lodge is purely and simply an anglers' paradise that is steeped in fly fishing history dating back t...Read More

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Longparish House (upper river Test) 5 or 6 rod days available.

<b>Longparish House (upper river Test) 5 or 6 rod days available.</b>Longparish House (upper river Test) 5 or 6 rod days available. The ultimate chalkstream experience. Three-quarters miles of gin-clear, fas...Read More

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Fishing Courses & Tuition

OUR FLY FISHING INSTRUCTORS are nationally recognised experts in their field.  They are qualified to AAPGAI, GAIA and Level2 CAA standard. Our fly fishing guides have years of experience fishing and guiding on our chalk stream beats.

Why play a round of golf with a caddy when you can have the club professional tutor you around the course?  This analogy fits our instructors exactly – no matter what your ability, you will learn, through clear explanation and practical coaching, from an instructor who is at the highest level in his field.

Ensure you make the absolute most out of your precious time on the water.  Take a lesson from a professional coach, either on the banks of the river Test to brush up on your dry fly techniques, or on our private estate lake learning how to stalk trout in gin clear water.

Fly Fishing CoursesWe will build a lesson plan to suit your requirements exactly, whether you are a newcomer to the sport looking for a solid foundation, a competent fly fisher whose chalk stream skills need a little polishing or you’re off bonefishing in Cuba and you need to learn how to cast in the trade winds.  Please contact to discuss your bespoke lesson plan.

We have instructors specialising in both the trout (single handed) and the salmon (double handed) casting disciplines.

Included in all lessons is the use of the finest Hardy and Greys fishing tackle.

Hardy Greys AcademyHoward Taylor is endorsed by the Hardy Greys Academy. The Five Star 'Hardy Greys Academy' comprises a team of top fly fishing instructors from around the UK who have joined forces with the company to actively promote the very best instruction service for anglers wanting to improve their technique or take up the sport for the first time.

Oliver Buck on his Fly Fishing course“Mothers or fathers who are keen to teach siblings the techniques and skills of fly fishing do so at their own peril, from experience it can be slow, unrewarding and confusing for the pupil. We engaged with Howard Taylor to take on that challenge and within just two lessons, not only had fish been caught but the enthusiasm of our son was off the scale. He enjoys the experience understands the techniques and appreciates the rules of the sport. Shame the season has ended but we are all now looking forward to a new season in 2007, thanks to Howard.”
Dawson Buck - Parent

Fly Fishing Courses

Foundation coaching
For those wanting to start fly fishing or if you are returning to the sport after a break.  Cover the roll and overhead casts, shooting line, knots, lines and flies, tackle, hooking and playing fish, safety.

Improver coaching
To tackle those specific fly fishing techniques or problems.  For example: wind, tree cover, moving water, spooky fish, boat work and drifting, pike on the fly.

Chalk stream fly fishing coaching
Specifically for the river and stream angler – upstream dry flies and nymphs, riverside entomology, stalking fish, etiquette and safety.

Saltwater casting lessons.
Any plans to target our most sought after UK saltwater species on the fly – the sea bass?  Booking a trip after bonefish and tarpon?  The saltwater fly angler needs to be particularly efficient at casting in wind in order to cover fish effectively and safely.  With our saltwater tuition you will gain an understanding of the wind, the single and double haul, as well as specialist saltwater tackle and techniques for both UK and tropical saltwater fly fishing.

Distance casting lessons.
For saltwater and large still water fishing.  Get that extra distance – learn the single and double haul, distance casting tackle, shooting heads and the effective use of a line tray.

Salmon Spey casting lessons with Brett O’Connor (AAPGAI).
Brett has guided on some of the best Atlantic salmon rivers in the world including the Kola Peninsula in Russia.  With a double handed rod you can master the single and double Spey casts and advanced casts such as the ‘T’ snap and the snake roll.

Blast and Cast days.
Fly fishing and clay shooting tuition from professional fully qualified instructors in both disciplines, with a relaxing mid way lunch at the Greyhound on the Test in Stockbridge.  For 6 persons.

Prices

Spend a full day, one to one with an instructor - from £275

Half day, one to one with an instructor - from £182

Please add £98 per extra person / day or £49 / extra person / 1/2 day.
All tackle included.

All tuition and courses may be purchased as an open-ended gift voucher, the perfect Christmas or birthday gift. For further details or to discuss your particular requirements, please contact us.