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Welcome to Hotchkiss Fly Fishing

Based in Salisbury, Wiltshire and close to the world renowned chalkstreams, Avon, Test and Itchen, the company is headed by John Hotchkiss.

John is a qualified GAIA trout casting instructor and avid angler with over 40 years’ experience fly fishing for trout, sea trout and salmon throughout the world.  He has fished in New Zealand for wild brown trout, steelhead in British Colombia even for sea-run char in Greenland!  For many years he has fished for salmon in Iceland, Russia and Norway and has fished most of the major Scottish and Irish salmon rivers.  Sea trout fishing is also one of his passions.

But, ever since he was a small boy, John’s main love is to fly fish for trout on the southern chalkstreams, and over the years has been privileged to have experienced fishing on many famous beats.      

Recently John produced 23 half-hour programmes of the acclaimed TV fly fishing series ‘The Take’ which was filmed throughout the world. The series was shown here on Sky Sports and in ten countries, from Australia to Russia!  

Hotchkiss Fly Fishing was established to provide first class chalkstream fishing and guiding on premier beats of our renowned chalkstreams to individuals and groups.  We are all dedicated and well travelled anglers and are able to provide our fly fishing clients a professional service that is both informed and personal always endeavouring to offer the best fishing at competitive prices. 

In addition the company offers trout fishing tuition. For the absolute beginner, this would include casting tuition from our qualified casting instructors as well as tackle advice, safety, fishing knots, fly selection, rivercraft and etiquette.

For the more advanced angler wishing to improve his skills and outwit that wily difficult- to-get-at trout, casts taught would be Spey casting with a single handed rod, T cut, jump roll, snake roll, side casts, mending and single and double haul casts to achieve distance which is occasionally required on wider stretches.

Whatever the client’s level of skill, whether they are looking for a day’s guided fishing or one-to-one tuition, we pride ourselves on offering an expert and personal service.

Hotchkiss Fly by passionate anglers for the discerning fly fisher.


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John Hotchkiss on 01980 630 717, or by email at: