Travel to England and join Orvis UK for a chalk stream fly-fishing group trip experience. If you want to understand the essence of fly fishing, and to feel like you have your own English chalk stream, this is the perfect trip. A journey to the storied waters of England should be experienced at least once in your lifetime. Here, amidst the green, rural countryside and the quaint villages flow the rivers where fly fishing was born. To cast a fly on the Test, the Itchen, and kindred waters is to step far back in angling history to a time when the pursuit and the pace of the sporting life allowed for a deep enjoyment of time on the water. We pride ourselves in sharing these storied waters with you, and we look forward to educating each guest on the ecology, biology, and conditions that make English chalk streams so unique. Moreover, we will also share the etiquette of fishing these waters. This trip will be based out of the quaint town of Stockbridge where our river beats will only be a short drive away each day. Also nearby are many cultural experiences for the angler and non-angler alike. These experiences can be tailored to the guest's desires.
Day 1: Arrival in Stockbridge
Check-in is sometime after 2:00 PM for those traveling on their own. Guests arrive at Andover Railway station at 3:00 PM where the drivers and guides will collect you to for transfer to the Grosvenor. We will have the Orvis Land Rover for any guests who experience delays, but most should arrive at 3:00. The drive from Andover to Stockbridge is a beautiful, 20-minute ride through the English countryside, just enough to get an early taste of your surroundings for the next few days. When you get to the lodge you will have the opportunity have a cocktail or snack in the pub before heading to your room to unpack and settle in. There will be an opening cocktail reception at 6:00 and dinner will start at 7:30 in the main dining room. This schedule will give everyone time to unwind after their travels and relax while getting to know the rest of the group.
Days 2-5: Fishing
Breakfast service begins at 8:00. Breakfasts are included in your package and served in the main dining room. After breakfast, anglers will be paired up by the beat or waters they will be fishing that day with their guide and will depart for a full day of fly fishing. Non-anglers are free to explore the area on their own, relax around the hotel, or participate in activities arranged with the assistance of the group leader. All guests have the option of taking lunch in the field or returning to the hotel for lunch. Around 5:30, all anglers will return to the lodge and have time to shower and join us for Happy Hour in the downstairs pub. Around 8:00, dinner is served in the main dining room.
Day 6: Depart from Stockbridge
Breakfast service begins at 7:15 AM in the main dining room. After breakfast, the driver will return you to Andover Station by 9:30 for those looking for an earlier start. For those looking to stay in Stockbridge a little longer, you can check out and depart at your leisure (transportation on own).
Nestled in the idyllic Test Valley, at the very heart of Stockbridge’s High Street, is The Grosvenor. An imposing Georgian listed building, The Grosvenor originally incorporated the town’s Market Hall. It was named after Lord Grosvenor when built in the early 19th century. Easily identified by its iconic 'porte-cochère' or ‘coach gate’, The Grosvenor and its distinctive porch once provided arriving and departing carriage-occupants protection from the elements, whilst luggage and travelers on top could enter the building by what was then the high-level door. Continuing inside, you will find The Danebury Room, named by Tom Cannon (jockey-turned-trainer and former owner of The Grosvenor) after the horse races that were held on the neighboring Danebury Downs. As the building was gently restored to its ultimate glory, The Danebury Room was one of the first to receive treatment, and following weeks of work by a dedicated team of decorators and French polishers, the once-dull oak panels depicting etchings of Cannon’s winning horses now lustre in all their glory.
Sympathetic restoration continued throughout the ground floor from the large, welcoming reception area through the bar and onwards, breathing new life into the expanse of original parquet floors throughout. This is just a taste of what you will find inside this iconic Hampshire building.
Chalk streams have the unique quality of rarely flooding or drying out. During heavy rains or sudden thaws, the water is absorbed by the valley into the underlying chalk, and later distributed through springs to the stream. This means the native brown trout habitat is rarely disturbed and scouring floods do not deplete his food. This freedom from flooding is also very important to the fisherman, as chalk streams are almost always fishable regardless of weather conditions.
Our 'Ginger Beer' beat is our flagship piece of the River Test. It has a long history that dates back to the Doomsday book. This productive beat is a third of a mile in length with a medium flow rate, interesting shallows, and a bubbling top pool. The beat can be booked exclusively for the day with a guide for up to five rods but can accommodate up to 10 for a corporate-fun day on the river. Our thatched fishing lodge and easy access make it ideal for entertaining. This beat is extremely popular and early booking is recommended.
The Timsbury 5 beat is a mid- to-lower stretch of the main River Test with an idyllic chalk stream carrier. There is just under half a mile of main river fishing and 370 yards of carrier, which is catch and release. The main river has a moderate flow rate with shallows and deep runs. It has good aquatic fly with a good mayfly and prolific sedge hatches later in the summer. This beat can accommodate up to five rods and can be booked exclusively with a guide.
ABBOTS WORTHY (ITCHEN)
Our Abbots Worthy beat on the River Itchen is about a third of a mile with single and double-bank fishing. It is the most challenging of our pieces of water for casting and stalking, as it is clear year-round with good aquatic fly life providing plenty of hatches, including Iron Blue and Large Dark Olive in good numbers and even the rare Turkey Brown. Most of the River Itchen is a conservation area under SSSI management; we are promoting catch and release on this stretch to preserve its native brown trout. It can accommodate up to three rods and can be booked exclusively with a ghillie for the day. This beat is also home to some superb grayling with fish to over three pounds caught each season.
Trip Length: 6 nights, 5 days of guided fly fishing
Price: $6,000 per angler, double occupancy (limited availability).
Other options include:
$6,900 per angler, single occupancy (shared guide)
$7,900 per angler, private room, private guide. Fishing is based on shared guide package, or 1 angler per guide for a private guide package. Anglers traveling alone pay for a private room package.
$3,100 per non-angler, sharing a room with an angler, including daily non-angling/cultural activities.
What is Included?
Six nights' accommodations and three meals daily.
Five full days of guided fly fishing for anglers on a variety of area waters, including wade trips and still-water fishing; in some cases, it may be three anglers per guide.
Access to the Orvis-owned private beats.
Fly-fishing equipment, if needed (rods, reels, line, and waders) and all flies.
Guides for all fishing and cultural activities.
Orvis host to help ensure comfort.
Non-angling activities can be substituted for a day of fishing, if desired.
Five-Day Global Rescue Emergency Medical Evacuation Membership ($100+ value).
How Many People are on this Trip?
All skill levels welcome.
What am I Responsible For?
Airfare to London Heathrow.
Transfer to train station and ticket.
Any private transfers to or from Stockbridge.
Meals before arrival or after departure from Stockbridge on arrival or departure days.
Gratuities (house staff and guides).
Alcoholic beverages, outside of beer and house wine at dinner or organized cocktail hours.
Items of a personal nature, phone calls.
Some guided non-angling activities, which can be arranged on-site.
Trip cancellation insurance.
Meals and Dining
Breakfast service begins at 8:00 AM. Breakfasts are included in your package and served in the main dining room. All guests have the option of taking lunch in the field or returning to the hotel for lunch. Around 5:30, all anglers will return to the lodge and have time to shower and join us for Happy Hour in the downstairs pub. Around 8:00, dinner is served in the main dining room.
A local guide will accompany any group looking to visit local attractions. These include the magnificent gardens of Hilliers Arboretum, Stourhead Gardens, and many others. Other activities include the cultural attractions of Winchester Cathedral and City (walking tour), Stockbridge, and Salisbury Cathedral and City. As if that isn't enough, Stonehenge, and the lesser known but equally fascinating Avebury Ring, is just a short drive! Lastly, a visit to High Clear Castle, where Downton Abbey was filmed could easily be added depending on the wishes of the group. All of these local attractions can be coupled with impromptu stops at local pubs and museums to suit the group.
Native brown trout.
Reservations, Deposits & Payments
The deposit is 25% of the trip price unless stated differently in the itinerary. Deposits may be made by check or credit card: Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Card. The balance of the trip cost is due 90 days before departure, except where specified differently on individual itineraries. The balance will be charged automatically to the credit card used for the deposit, unless otherwise specified. Any changes made to the method of payment after the final balance has been collected are subject to processing fees.
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Cancellation and Refund Policy
Although cancellation fees may be higher for some trips, the following minimum cancellation fees will apply:
|Days Prior to Trip||Fee|
|+ 90 days||$300 per person|
|89 days or less||100% of cost|
For trips that include an Orvis gift card or Orvis merchandise, the retail value of the gift card or merchandise is non-refundable upon delivery. Cancellation fees cannot be waived for any reason, including health, business or personal emergencies, or weather.
We strongly urge you to purchase trip cancellation insurance.
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Trip prices are based on double occupancy. Single rooms & cabins are limited. If you request a single room, a single supplement will apply as noted in the itinerary. We will confirm the single room as early as possible, but in some cases it may not be earlier than 30 days prior to the trip. If you request a roommate, we can usually pair you with another guest of the same gender, and no single supplement will apply. If you request a roommate, and one is not available, we will only charge you the single supplement if required by the lodge or facility used in the trip.
Children under 18 must share a room with a parent or other family member. In some cases this may be waived.
Passports and documents
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Arrival and Departure
Group transfers from a central location such as an airport are described in the itinerary, and are included in the land cost.. Transfers are not included in the land cost if you arrive early or leave after the scheduled departure day.
Equipment & clothing
You will receive a detailed list of appropriate gear with your trip planning information.
The land cost of your trip does not include airfare.
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