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The River Wylye

A hidden gem in beautiful Wiltshire

The River Wylye is a particularly beautiful chalk stream fly fishing river. Rising from springs near Longleat it winds its way down a pretty tranquil valley, collecting clear alkaline spring water from the edges of Salisbury Plain. It is noted for the quality of its fly hatches and also for the prolific natural spawning of wild Brown Trout as well as its superb Grayling stocks. It is a particularly good Danica Mayfly (Green Drake) river with the hatch contining well into July. A smaller chalk stream, it is a tributary of the River Avon and is the best Trout dry fly fishing water in the Avon river system.

The River Wylye is located in the county of Wiltshire around 90 miles south west from central London. There is a direct motorway connection all the way from London so the total travel time is only around 90 minutes. The Wylye flows through particularly delightful villages and countryside and is just 8 miles to the west of ancient Stonehenge. Salisbury would be an ideal base for visitors planning on fishing the rivers Wylye and Test.

Go Fly Fishing UK has considerable experience in offering guided days on the River Wylye and we have access to some excellent beats in the middle reaches of the river. Fishing access prices are significantly lower than on the more famous River Test and River Itchen but the fly fishing is just as good.

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Fish species / seasons

The River Wylye contains an excellent stock of mostly wild Brown Trout and Grayling although this is supplemented by some stocking of Brown Trout. The Trout season runs from 15th April to 15th October with superb Grayling fishing available from then until 14th March. From 1st December onwards trotting as well as fly fishing are allowed for Grayling.

At certain scheduled times during the spring and summer the river is closed for fishing for weed cutting so in 2016 avoid planning days on the River Wylye between April 8th to 17th, May 7th to 22nd and June 30th and July  17th.


The River Wylye is mostly a fairly narrow chalk stream and so an 8’ rod for a 4-weight floating line is the ideal set up. Polarised sunglasses are an essential item of fly fishing equipment.


The River Wylye is best fished by casting upstream from a position either wading in the stream or from the bank. Wading is an advantage in some places. As with all chalk streams stealth and observation combined with delicate accurate casts are the key to success. Sight casting is the norm and the fisher must do everything he can to try to avoid the fish being spooked by either clumsy casting or too much bank side movement. Dry fly fishing is very good for most of the season. Nymph fishing is also good in the summer – usually with un-weighted nymphs fished upstream to sighted fish.


Our main local guide, who lives right by the River Wylye, has fished the river frequently throughout the past twenty years. As well as being a master fly fisher (and a trained/qualified fly fishing guide/instructor) in the winter months he can also teach you trotting a float with a centre-pin reel for Grayling.

As well as providing a superb fly fishing guide service our guides will also loan all the required fly fishing tackle, waders, flies, etc. – or you can bring your own - and can provide a local railway station or accommodation collection and return service for fishers. If required some of our guides will also act as a chauffeur/guide for non-fishing sight-seeing as part of a fly fishing trip. Situated very close to the River Wylye are some of Britain’s most important historic sites such as Stonehenge, Salisbury (including Old Sarum), Longleat House & Safari Park and the New Forest.

If you fancy making your fly fishing part of a short-break in the Wiltshire countryside then we can advise you on the best accommodation options. These including manor house hotels, country hotels, inns and bed & breakfasts.


River Wylye fly fishing represents very good value and our guided day prices in the Trout season start at just £229 (the lowest priced of any of the chalkstreams), to include the guide and the beat. The price depends on the number of people fishing and on the specific location and the date. In the autumn/winter Grayling season the price is £209 for a guided day for one person. Note that we do not provide just day rod beat access to fish without a guide/instructor.

Contact Dave at our southern office to discuss your preferred fly fishing location and date or to make a booking – telephone 07899 034728 or email

Happy Clients

"Just to say that I had a wonderful day on the Wylye. Our guide was excellent. He was very patient, spotted fish constantly, tied on new flies incessantly, and taught with great clarity while I splashed around."
Robert Hills - Guided day - River Wylye

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