The Club is restricted to just forty five Members, which maintains an unpressurised fishing environment on the fishery. The Club has 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 can also bring a wealth of experience in all aspects of sensitive river management, particularly in understanding what is best practice for sustaining wild fish stocks. An over riding principle is that he must also embrace the concept of 'light touch' habitat management in order to better implement a whole river river environment improvement year on year.
Dave Griffiths is our current River Keeper. He arrived in February 2018 having a wealth of real hands on experience, with twenty-six years as a River Keeper on the Welsh Dee, Spey, and the Ure.
The Club offers its Members, as much assistance as they require, on all aspects of fishing the Wilton waters, - fly selection, how to read the water, as well as detailed Reach Notes which are updated each season.
In addition to the River Keeper being available, there is also in place a 'local buddy' or 'mentoring' system that any Member can call upon at any time. This is so that anyone new or who hasn't visited various parts of the river, are able to tap into and call upon current information, maybe some fishing time with another Member if they so wish, to ensure that EVERY Member is able to gain the maximum from their fishing visits.
Subject to Members response and support, skill days can feature once or maybe twice a year. The Club invites well reputed fishing personalities to run ‘in the river, - one to one’ 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 many once pristine fly-fishing waters. Such things as poorly advised improvements, non-beneficial stocking policies, the occasional pollution incidents, or 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 if there is a place available and an applicant being keen to fish for wild trout. Should 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 and ask 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.