The Dorset Stour

Rising in Wiltshire the Dorset Stour, as it is mostly known, flows over clay so winter levels are often much higher than chalkstreams such as the Kennet, but this does not prevent it from providing some grand fishing all the same. On its way to the sea at Christchurch Harbour its pastoral nature is one to be savoured with an abundance of ancient mills and lovely stone bridges. Excellent classic trout fishing may be enjoyed in the spring, sea trout and salmon run it too, and the coarse fishing is noted for its large roach. In winter the Lady of the Stream, the grayling, is highly sought after, and a better place to enjoy a day’s fishing, at any time of year, on an English river is hard to imagine.