The Royalty is one of Southern England's most famous salmon and sea trout fisheries. Located in Christchurch and just a few miles from the mouth of the River Avon it produces salmon & sea trout throughout the season in most water conditions.
The Season opens in February when the first of the Avon's famous spring salmon arrive. The average weight for February through to April is still a magnificent 15lb. The Fishery record stands at 49lb. April sees the arrival of the first sea trout and these early fish can range between 4 and 10lb. June will normally see the arrival of the first grilse and the start of the main sea trout run. The season closes at the end of August for salmon and October 31st for sea trout.
The Fishery is open to the general public for day tickets and selected night fishing for sea trout. Ticket availability includes the famous Bridge Pool, Compound, and the main river.
Coaching and fly-casting lessons can also be arranged by contacting The Fishery Manager or Davis Tackle. Bookings are taken by the day or on an hourly basis.
Mike Clark and Richard Hardy returning Mike's fish safely
Access & Parking
Anglers must use official car parks as shown on the map. Anglers fishing at night must use the Mill Road car park and the A35 lay-by east bound when fishing the Lower Water.
Night fishing is not allowed on the West Bank between the Railway and House Pool when fishing the main river or both banks between the Falls and the A35 Road Bridge when fishing the Lower Water.
All anglers must have the appropriate permit and rod licence before entering the fishery.
Main River and Compound angling times are from 7.30am to one hour after sunset. Sea Trout (night) from one hour after sunset to 6am. The Bridge Pool angling times are 6.30am 11pm. Parlour Pool times are from 6am to 12 midnight.
All salmon fishing must cease at sunset.
All salmon and brown trout must be returned.
Spinning is restricted to salmon anglers only between the 15th May and 31st August.
All sea trout night fishing is restricted to fly only.
No lobworms. Small single worms only for sea trout between 16th June and 31st October.
Photographs of salmon may only be taken with the fish in the water.
No fishing from bridges at any time.
Anglers must take home all their litter.
Anglers must report all catches of game fish to Davis Tackle or the Fishery Manager.