Fly fishing on the River Test at Lower Mill provides one of the most charming beats of fishing along the length of the Test. Fly Odyssey has exclusive access to this famous and picturesque beat and provides opportunities to anglers for access to season rods, day lets, guided fishing and grayling fishing in the autumn months.

Situated in the stunning water gardens of a beautiful Mill House in the village of Longparish, the beat is divided into two sections with two further small carriers.

The beat is located just below Upper Test Fishing and as such enjoys similar characteristics.

It is only sold to two rods daily and there is a small rod room available for lunch with picnic table outside. There are two very good inns in the village at short distance for lunch, also.

  • Classic chalk stream fly fishing on the Upper Test
  • Intimate private surroundings on 2 rod beat
  • Beautiful location
  • Mayfly dryfly fishing late May early June
  • Superb grayling fishing in winter

Charming accommodation at Watership Down Inn, in Laverstock, ten minutes from the beat with dinner/bed and breakfast packages. Fishermen's picnics available. Superb evening meals and location.

Bed & Breakfast is available in the village of Longparish, well situated next to the village shop and across the road from the local pub for lunch or dinner in the evening.

There is a range of accommodation options in the town of Winchester which is about a twenty-minute drive from Longparish.

Lainston House Hotel is an exclusive hotel situated on the outskirts of Winchester. It is fabulous for a luxury weekend away.

Please contact us for more information.

The beat opens for fishing from 9:30am and you may stay until dusk.

The season opens on 23rd April and closes on 30th September for Trout.

Grayling season opens on 8th October and closes on 15th December.

There are wild Brown Trout, Grayling and stocked Browns with crystal clear fly water. This is perfect stalking territory and wading allows you access to all of the fishing.

Wading is essential for you to locate the best of the fishing but it is neither deep nor overly fast and the view upstream, as you fish, is heavenly. Regulars return time and time again knowing that they will enjoy both the fishing and the ambience.

There is a river keeper on site during the day and guides may be booked.

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

  • Mayfly: 15th May to 6th June, £290 per rod.
  • Rest of season: £240 per rod.
  • Grayling fishing: £70 per rod.
  • One rod may be fished during the month of August .
  • Includes: Trout fishing on the beat and use of facilities in the rod room.
  • Excludes: Guide services, travel expenses, food and beverages, equipment hire, EA fishing licence.

Lower Mill is approximately a one hour and forty 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 an takes just over an hour.
A taxi service from Winchester to the beat takes about twenty minutes.
Guides can also collect you from Winchester train station.

The rod room has cutlery, china, glassware, fridge, tea/coffee facilities for four people and there is a picnic table outside. There are also two pubs in the village for lunch (just a five minutes' drive).


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


Contact: Gilly Bate
Tel: +44 (0)1730 825626
Mob: +44 (0)7817 304232


Contact: James Laverty
Mob (Australia):
+61 (0)499 900816