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Fishing

The River Allen is one of England’s most unspoilt and private chalkstreams, and runs through a handful of historic estates in the fine countryside of Dorset. With a total length of 13 miles, it is a tributary to the Stour, and the two rivers meet here at Deans Court to the South of Wimborne, before rolling on to enter the sea at Christchurch.

This is a stream that holds a strong wild brown trout population and is heaven for dry fly purists. As the Deans Court stretch lies on the confluence with the Stour, there are also many course fish to be seen, especially grayling, gudgeon and dace.

The stream flows alongside an SNCI meadow which is rich in flora and fauna. While the banks teem with insects, birds and river wildlife, the mayfly hatch is often spectacular.

In the past this stretch was used by drowners to flood the water meadows and there are still leats meandering across the flood plain. At the end of the beat, a Regency cast iron water wheel is all that remains of Brigg Mill which dates back to Domesday.

The beat is varied with a fast reach and slower stretches, and holds plenty of lies and deep pools. Gin-clear, and with swathes of ranunculus, this is an ideal place if you like sight-fishing. Generally it is best fished by wading, though for some of the deeper sections it is better from the bank.

Best suited for 1 or 2 rods.

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"Really felt I had the grounds to myself and that fishing shack is amazing . River was spectacular and wait for it: 21 browns to 17 inches and 2 grayling – PTN / Hawthorn and Adams – but all small sizes.Really was one of the most delightful / best fishing days I’ve enjoyed for a long time.”

Alun Hughes, 31st May 2017


“Just a quick note to say how much myself and my father enjoyed deans court today.  The weather couldn't have been better and when the wind eased this afternoon the mayfly came on thick and fast - just perfect.  We both took fish all day and some superb grayling came to net and dad had a wonderful fish on a kites imperial... Sometimes it's the classics that never fail!

You really have a wonderful addition to the folio at Wimborne and today was really the essence of chalkstream fishing.
Thanks again and best wishes”

Richard and Bill Blake

Rules

Dry fly or nymph

Barbless or debarbed hooks

All fish to be released

Fish from 9.30am to dusk

Wading permitted

Nets must be used

Catches to be recorded in the book provided

For biosecurity all equipment must be dry

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Rates

15th April to 9th May — £55 per rod

10th May to 1st June — £75 per rod

2nd June to 30th September — £45 per rod

1st October to 31st December (grayling) — £35 per rod

FISH CAMP

Available 1st June to 31st August

Two days fishing for two rods with overnight stay in our fishing shack near the river.
Has bunk beds, basic kitchen with gas hob, lighting, water, toilet, firepit and BBQ (no shower).
Perfect for fishing chums and fathers & sons.
2 Fish may be taken for supper, all others released.
Not Saturday nights.

£195 All Inclusive

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Deans Court, Deans Court Lane, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 1EE

Tel: (01202) 849314 | e-mail: info@deanscourt.org

Images by: Jake Eastham Photography & Laura Pashby James

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