River Nadder, Barford St Martin.
The river Nadder, Barford fishery is a three rod stretch of the River Nadder running upstream on the true right bank from the bridge over the A30 at Barford St Martin.. Members can park at the local pub and walk down to the river. This is a premium wild fishery with good numbers of trout and grayling. Dace and chub are also taken on the fly. Every year a few fish up to 1.5 lbs or so are taken but the majority are a pound or less.
The beat has deep slow bends and shallow gravelly runs. The deep water holds good fish best approached in the late evening and the summer months. In the early season most fish are found amongst the weed in the shallower areas. The early season is characterised by LDO hatches in the middle of the day and on warm days in April there is a good hatch of grannom.
There is also a healthy population of mayfly. Yellow may dun appear in good numbers.
Summer evenings can provide the best fishing with the last hour before dark invariably best. The top third or so of the fishery allows wading as the banks are steep and there are trees lining the bank. A little care is needed as there are one or two deep places and undercut tree roots stick out from the bank. Occasional surprises crop up when bigger stock fish drop in to the beat from other fisheries further up the river.
The fishery is set in meadow land on the edge of the village of Barford St Martin just west of Wilton. Most of the beat is open and other than the top stretch casting is easy with few obstructions behind. The banks are level and it is generally a safe fishery for the older member.