Fishing History

Fishing has been a part of the Leckford Estate for over 200 years and we are proud to be able to continue this sporting venture for future anglers.

1798 - 1809
The first Leckford Fishing Club was established around 1798 and by 1809 members had started fishing with an artificial Mayfly, which was still seen as an unusual and rare method of fishing.
Leckford Fishing Club members moved across the water into the village of Longstock and established a new Longstock Fishing Club.
Following changes in the ownership of the Estate the fishing club became known as The Craven Club, named after one of its members and was said to be one of the oldest fishing clubs in England continuing through until 1908.
1930 - 1932
Spedan Lewis, the founder of the John Lewis Partnership took on the fishing rights of the stretch of the River Test running through Leckford Estate and employed the first riverkeeper Mr Joyce.
The fishing team at Leckford decided to reinstate the Leckford and Longstock Fly Fishing Club. Season (regular) rods are automatically offered membership when they take a regular rod at Leckford. They become part of a club steeped in history and, it could also be said, a very forward thinking club, having been among the first to adopt the use of the artificial fly.


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