The River Kennet has been famous for trout fishing since the late nineteenth century because of the healthy populations of wild brown trout. Today the river still supports wild brown trout but these are supplemented with stocked fish for anglers to catch.
Brown trout are traditionally caught using a 'dry-fly', which imitates a real insect or larva. Fishermen skilfully cast these onto the surface of the water to fool the fish into rising to catch it.
The abundance of trout is directly linked to the quality and quantity of water in the river. A healthy chalk stream has clear, fast flowing water, with healthy ranunculus (weed) growth. The environment must also support plentiful hatches of appropriate flies for the fish to eat.
ARK's priority is to create a habitat that supports healthy self-sustaining wild brown trout populations.
Fishing on the River Kennet is organised by a number of fishing syndicates. These groups contribute the cost of employing river keepers to manage the river, keep the banks passable and allow light to reach the river bed.
To find out more about opportunities for fishing on the river, contact the Salmon and Trout Association, the Kennet Valley Fishing Association. Marlborough College Summer School runs fly fishing courses during the Summer.