Hidden away in a sleepy chalk valley and just a stones-throw from the historic cathedral city of Salisbury - The River Ebble is an outstanding little river, just 7 miles long and the first ever river in Britain to receive the coveted Wild Trout Designation from the Environment Agency - achieved because of its prolific wild trout population, unspoilt character and complete absence of stocking or abstraction throughout its catchment.
Manor Farm Meadow is family owned, private and exclusive to Pifflers. The Ebble offers very limited availability for day rods on this definitive English chalkstream. Our fishing consists of the main river, which is only 2-3 yards wide. This is challenging fishing for individual, usually small wild fish in crystal clear water using stealth and the lightest of tackle. This stretch has not been fished regularly for many years and Pifflers have taken it on as a restoration project.
The beat, whilst private and shady, suffered from lack of weed growth and fish holding features. The latter has been addressed by adding sinuosity in the form of woody debris and the results should be rapid.
Species Available: Wild Brown Trout
Season: 10th April to 30th September
From Salisbury centre: Cross the Harham Bridge on the ring road (A338) and get in the middle of the 3 lanes as you will need to cross the two sets of lights onto the A354. Cross the mini roundabout with the hospital on your left and go out of the city to Coombe Bissett. As you drop down the Hill into the village look for the right hand turn to Stratford Tony / Bishopstone. Follow the road round to the left and pass the last house on the left, the Old Dairy. The turning into the field is the first gateway on the left. (take care as there is no pull in off the lane) Drive to the next gateway across the field and through that straight in front of you between electric stock fences towards the high wooded bank – the river runs at the bottom of this.
To avoid Salisbury centre, which can be a nightmare, take the M3/M27 towards the west and take the Ringwood turnoff, A338 north towards Salisbury, at the lights past the hospital on the outskirts of Salisbury turn left onto the A354. If you’re really feeling adventurous, before you get to Salisbury on a short stretch of dual carriageway at Bodenham, take the left turn through Nunton, Odstock and Homington. This brings you out almost opposite the Fox and Goose, on the A354 in Coombe Bissett. Turn right and left just over the river (near our bottom boundary) then as above.
The fishing is best accessed by wading.
To best access the very bottom of the beat (without wading downstream and disturbing the fish) walk back the way you drove in and cross the ditch, turn right following the ditch and go through the next (muddy) gateway; turn half right walk towards the river and you will see a barbed wire fence across the river – this is our bottom boundary. You should be able to wade up from there under the fallen trees, back towards the car.
The upstream boundary is approx. 800 yards above the car park area at a large hedge with double wire fence. There are various features on the way including a couple of man-made riffles and large hatch pool, all obvious fish holding areas.
The fishery is a work in progress and we are working with the Wild Trout Trust to improve the habitat, so your feedback is important.