The Club is restricted to just forty five Members. This is to preserve the unpressurised fishing environment on the fishery. We have always employed full-time River Keepers; particular care in selection has always been taken to ensure that ‘our man’ is not only professionally qualified, but is able to bring a wealth of experience in all aspects of sensitive river management, particularly in understanding what are the best practices for sustaining wild fish stocks, as well as embracing the concept of 'light touch' habitat management in order to better implement a whole river river environment improvement year on year.
Our current River Keeper, Dave Griffiths, arrived upon the retirement of his predecessor of seventeen years. Dave had spent the previous twenty-six years as River Keeper on the Welsh Dee, Spey, and the Ure.
The Club offers assistance in all aspects of the fishing, fly selection and how to read the water, as well as Reach Notes which are updated each season.
As well as the River Keeper being available, there is also in place a 'buddy' or 'mentoring' system so that anyone new or who hasn't visited various parts of the river, they can tap into current information, and maybe have an hour of another Members time to ensure they gain the maximum from their fishing visits.
Skill days are a feature once or twice a year when the Club invites well reputed fishing personalities to run one and two day ‘in the river’ coaching sessions.
Over the past hundred years, The Wilton Club on the Wylye has been fortunate in being able to escape or avoid most of the misfortunes that has affected so many once pristine fly-fishing waters. Such things as poorly advised improvements, non-beneficial stocking policies, the occasional pollution incidents, and the difficulties arising from multiple changes of ownership.
This is why the River Wylye and the wider Avon catchment is recognised today as one of the last places where you can experience pure chalk stream fishing.
Our forty-five Members genuinely come from all walks of life. The Club has no selection criteria other than there being a place available and the applicant being keen to fish for wild trout. When Members meet on the riverbank, their background is unimportant, the only thing that unites them is their love of the type and quality of the fishing, and the experience that the Wilton Club is able to provide.
A spirit of fly-fishing fellowship has always been a fundamental part of what The Wilton Club is. This is passive and not intrusive, but for any Member, there is available a depth and range of fly-fishing knowledge and shared experience from its collective membership at any time.
This facility for any Member to be able to call upon another for intelligent insight, advice, tips or guidance on the fishing on the Wylye, around the UK, or even on some of the more exotic destinations around the world is encouraged.
The Club maintain a highly secure and confidential ‘closed’ Facebook Group through which there is much communication.
If you're a wild brown trout fisherman, interested in fishing the Wylye, and would like to know more about becoming a Member, please contact us using this contact form and someone will be in touch with you within 24 hours.