The River Test is the most famous chalkstream in the world; the river on which fly fishing as we know it today was invented by Frederick Halford at the height of the Victorian era. From estuary to source the River Test is 64 kilometres in length with 4.5 of them running through the Broadlands Estate. Renowned for the native brown trout, Atlantic salmon, sea trout and grayling, the private beats on the Estate are much sought after, available both for season rods and day tickets.

All enquiries should be made to or by telephone to the Estate Office on 01794 505080

Trout and Salmon Fishing across five Beats

17th March – 15th October

(Salmon 17th March- 2nd October, Trout 3rd April-15th October) 

 Fortnightly – rotating over 5 beats
½ rod – shared beat (2 rods) 1,100 + VAT
Full rod – exclusive use of two rod beat 2,200 + VAT
Full rod - exclusive use of three rod beat 3,300 + VAT
Day Rods
  £ Per Rod
17th March – 12th May 200 + VAT
13th May – 7th June 300 + VAT
8th June – 31st July 220 + VAT
1st August – 15th October 200 + VAT
Coarse Fishing Syndicate
1 st November – 14th March
 Access to five beats of the River Test 450 + VAT
 Carrier Trout Syndicate
 3rd April – 15th October
 Daily access to the carrier stream  1,000 + VAT

17th March 2024 - 15th October 2024

  1. Fishing is permitted between dawn and dusk.
  2. Anglers should maintain good etiquette at all times.
  3. Trout and Salmon fishing on beats; 1. Grove Beat, 2. Moorcourt Beat, 3. Longbridge Beat, 4.
    Lee Park Beat and 5. Rookery & Lord Louis Beat.
  4. Dogs permitted but must be kept under strict control at all times, please ensure you always
    pick up after them.
  5. All fish caught whether killed or released must be recorded in the fishing log located at the
    Longbridge Fishing Hut at the end of each fishing day.
  6. Salmon fishing on all beats between 17th March and 2nd October inclusive. Fishing should be
    by fly only with single hooks and a minimum 15lb leader when swinging flies. All Salmon
    caught to be returned and where possible not removed from the water. Salmon fishing to be
    suspended when water temperature exceeds 19°C. All Trout caught while Salmon fishing
    must be returned.
  7. Trout fishing on all beats between 3rd April and 15th October inclusive with upstream dry and
    nymph only, flies should be natural imitations (no lures) and with a hook size no greater than
    10. Two Trout of 14” and above may be killed per rod per day with catch and release
    thereafter up to an additional four fish per rod (please be mindful that there are people fishing
    the following day) All wild fish to be returned, if unsure please release.
  8. Only one person to fish per rod.
  9. Weed cutting dates as set out by the Test & Itchen association will be circulated, please be
    aware this is an important job that needs completing in the allotted time so please check with
    the Riverkeeper or the Estate Office for conditions on your day.
  10. No responsibility can be accepted by Broadlands Estates for the loss or damage of any
    belongings from fishing huts, parked cars or otherwise, anglers set foot on all banks, bridges,
    platforms, and groynes entirely at their own risk, Broadlands Estates cannot be held
    responsible for any accident or injury howsoever caused.
  11. Wading is only permitted to knee level and anglers should wear buoyancy aids at all times
    when wading or fishing from the wooden platforms.
  12. Designated car parks must be used at all times and a fisheries parking permit must be
    displayed in all vehicles whilst on Estate property.
  13. A full rod holder is entitled to bring a guest on each visit with all 2 angler rods having the
    option to bring a third person on all 15 days at the cost of £125 + VAT per day. Half rods may
    bring seven paying guests per annum at £125.00 + VAT per guest. The guest bag limit is also
    a brace of stocked trout per visit with catch and release thereafter up to an additional four fish
    per rod– Only three rods (inc. one pre-booked guest) may fish a beat at anytime. Rods should
    advise the Estate Office in advance of the days fishing when bringing guests.
  14. It is the responsibility of all anglers to be in possession of an appropriate valid EA rod
  15. Ghillying can be arranged with the Riverkeeper, but should not impede their day-to-day river
    management duties.
  16. Broadlands Estate accept no liability for the state of the water (for example flood, drought,
    weed cutting by other riparian owners or water temperature. Under no circumstances will any
    refund be provided if weather or water conditions impair the fishing.
  17. Whilst every effort will be made not to inconvenience anglers, day-to-day management of the
    beats may be required.
  18. Broadlands Estates reserve the right to terminate the contract with any rod found to be in
    contravention of the rules at the estates absolute discretion.
  19. The grant of a licence to fish is a personal contract with the individual fishermen who would
    normally be expected to fish – if this is not possible then a guest may fish on behalf of the
    named rod only by prior arrangement with the Estate Office. A guest fishing in place of the
    licence holder will not be permitted to bring a guest.

Under no circumstances may the right to fish be sub-let or sold to other persons unless
by prior arrangement with the Estate Office.