Through the middle of the Estate runs five miles of the famous Hampshire Avon, the most biologically diverse riverine habitat in the country, protected by both national and European conservation designations. Rising in the pure chalk ground water springs of Salisbury Plain, close to Pewsey, flowing south to collect the Rivers Till, Wylye and the waters from the green sand catchment of the River Nadder at Salisbury. Add the further chalk waters of the River Bourne and the Ebble to be complimented as it continues its journey south by the peaty water of the New Forest before it enters the estate just south of Fordingbridge.
In addition to the Hampshire Avon the Estate also owns several stillwaters that are the result of gravel extraction within the valley. These complexes first extracted in the middle of the twentieth century and now matured into tranquil environments recognised with national conservation designations provide idyllic coarse fisheries.
In the region of four miles of double bank fishing with the additional two miles of single bank provides unparalleled access to the famous valley of the Hampshire Avon. There are approximately sixty salmon pools with probably three times that number of known lies, all within comfortable driving distant of the Home Counties. In recent years fish of over 30lbs have been landed and 20+ salmon are landed in most years, add the chance of sea-trout to double figures and browns to two pounds plus. The salmon season opens on the 1st of February and closes on the 31st August. In accordance with local bye-laws and riparian agreement the entire salmon fishery is catch and release. The fishery is run as an in-house syndicate centred on the attractive, fully equipped Fishing Lodge.
Since bringing the fishing back in-house on 1st February 2015 there have been over 50 salmon to the time of writing 31st May 2015, thirty of which fell during the fly only period prior to May 15thwith several fish close to 20lbs. Somerley offers a unique environment and a realistic opportunity to catch that fish of a lifetime classic “Avon Springer.”
River Coarse Fishing:
The Estate offers access to the hallowed banks of the Hampshire Avon steeped in the legends of coarse angling history. Specimen barbel, chub, roach, pike and perch are to be found in the Estate's stretch of the Hampshire Avon, shared with the wonderful wildlife of the valley. Set in the heart of the water meadows and supported by miles of braided channels and carriers the fishing is of the very highest quality. The objective of the in-house River Coarse Syndicate is to uphold the traditional values of sustainable river fishing and as with the salmon syndicate based on the fully equipped Lodge.
Two of the complexes have been made available for angling during twelve months of the year providing fishing for specimen carp, tench, bream, pike, crucian carp and eels. The older of the two is Somerley Lakes where two lakes of twenty acres and six acres sit within the 50 acres of surrounding meadows and woodlands. The second, the Mockbeggar complex, three linked lakes totalling 53 acres set in 84 acres of surruonding SSSI meadows and woods. It is our intention for angling to exist in harmony with the natural environment that has developed around these dis-used gravel pits. Many hundreds of meters of bankside margins, islands and surrounding meadows are managed as nature reserves with anglers able to enrich their efforts to catch the specimens that inhabit these secretive depths amidst the wonderful wildlife.
For further information please contact the estate office. 01425 473621
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