Avington Lakes are fed by the river Itchen creating the perfect environment for large stocked Rainbows. The fishery has a superb reputation for large (from four to over twenty pounds in weight) fish in perfect condition and has featured in many fishing programmes in the UK over the years.

It is a great venue for experienced and beginner fly fishermen alike and fabulous for team-building days with many companies holding small competitions and prize giving.

Avington may be fished from one rod to thirty and depending on numbers the fishery will be closed to ensure your privacy.

  • One of the oldest still water trout fisheries in the country
  • Famous for its huge trout
  • Perfect for group bookings
  • Fabulous lakeside fishing lodge with licenced bar
  • Full catering on site
  • Superb lakeside staff helping throughout the day
  • Tackle shop

There are many hotels and inns in Winchester with varying types of accommodation, approximately fifteen minutes from the fishery or in the small market town of Alresford, which is slightly closer.

The Plough Inn at Itchen Abbas has B&B facilities and is very popular with fishermen as it is only a five-minute drive from the fishery. Please contact us for more details.

The fishery opens for fishing from 8:30am and closes at 6:00pm during the summer months. It is open all year apart from Christmas day.

There are stocked Rainbows and Brown Trout from four pounds in weight and upwards to around twenty pounds.

The Avington Fishery has a terrific team on site, catering to your every need from the moment you arrive with cooked breakfasts, drinks brought to the lakeside mid-morning, BBQ lunch in the fishing lodge with bar and afternoon tea to finish the day.

All guests are supplied with the necessary equipment for a day’s fishing, a team of guides to help you catch the biggest fish - and there are always a couple of huge fish out there!

Caught fish are removed to the gutting room and prepared for you to take home or they may be left for smoking.

There is also a carrier of the river Itchen where you may fish for wild Trout and Grayling.

All necessary equipment may be hired from the fishery and the tackle shop has everything that you may wish to buy, including soft drinks and confectionery. You may also purchase EA fishing licences from the on-site tackle shop.

As per all Fly Odyssey bookings, you will be provided with a comprehensive and detailed pre-trip fly fishing guide.

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Avington Fishery is approximately a one hour and forty-five minutes' drive from central London with easy access from the main motorways.

The rail service from London Waterloo to Winchester is continuous throughout the day and takes approximately just over an hour. Taxi service from Winchester to the beat takes about fifteen minutes. Guides can also collect you from Winchester train station.


Contact: Mat McHugh
Tel: +44 (0)1621 743711
Mob: +44 (0)7936 708305


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Mob (Australia):
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