The Wilton Fly Fishing Club
The Wilton Fly Fishing Club

what is it like to be a member of the WFFC?

The Wilton Club has always been restricted to just forty five members who can fish on as many days as they wish through the relevant seasons.  Members come from all walks of life, - it is their love of fly fishing and the enchanting River Wylye that unites them. 


A lucky few are able to fish frequently and regularly throughout the season, while others may not fish at all for a number of seasons, either through pressures of their working lives or because they live in far flung places around the globe. 


Whatever the individuals reasoning might be, because they are acutely aware of the quality and rarity of this type of fly fishing, (the fishing is not suitable for beginners or inexperienced fishermen) they retain their membership year upon year.  Vacancies do arise either because of advancing age or life and career changes.   If you are interested, there is no time like the present to express your interest.  There is no pressure to join, and we would welcome you coming to visit the water to better enable you to gain a closer understanding of what it is about The Wilton Club and the River Wylye that has retained some members for as long as thirty seven continuous years.


To ensure that even our overseas members feel involved and participatory,  three or four times a year the produce its own highly professional online  magazine, 'Riffles and Runs'  - which covers all manner of fishing and club related matters, from fly life, successful fly patterns, photographs of river improvements, catches and its wild life.  


Our annual calendar looks something like this, All events are optional.


  • Opening Day - regardless of weather, good food and conversation.  Fishing is not essential.
  • Skills Day - each mid Summer, an acknowledged expert is invited to demonstrate and aid members who come along.  Recent experts have been Pete Tyjas (Eat, Sleep, Fish) .  The renowned fly tyer and fisherman Dave Wiltshire who is also a Partridge Ambassador at national fly fishing events   A Cane Rod Day with Gary Marshall of Fine Cane Rods.  John Emerson, (Unique Flies, Hanak representative, and Member of the England Fly Fishing Team)
  • Summer Garden Party Held at the home of a Member very close to the river.  A relaxing and convivial meet with members and their families, at which an excellent range of food and wines provided by the Club.
  • Annual Dinner   This is 'the' social event of the year.  Held each November at Bird & Carter.  The theme being the finest food  possible, sourced from local specialised producers right through from canapes to cheeses.  Top quality wines are included and a a well known Guest Speaker, - specially chosen to ensure that it provides interest and entertainment for non fishing guests.  
  • February Fly Tying Day - this is one of the most popular days as it enables much information exchange about individual Reaches, the fish lies, how to fish them as well as the flies that are most likely to tempt them. Some members tie, while others watch and chat.  Everyone leaves having learned something further about the river and how to catch the appropriately named wily Wylye trout.

Throughout the year, once a month, the Riverfly Monitoring Group welcome the casual passive or active involvement of any member.  This event is an invaluable source of the best current information about the fishing.   Also available at any time by request, a few of the more experienced members are available and willing, at no cost to help another member for half a day, in order to help all and any members get the most out of their fishing time and membership of the Club. 


Rod sharing with a friend is allowed at any time (two rods may be carried) but we would stress that only one person is to fish at any one time and members are trusted not to abuse this privilege.


Every season, members are allocated six full Guest Tickets for them to pass onto any fishing friends.  The tickets are only valid from 11th June onwards. Four of these guest tickets are available for use on weekdays only; the remaining two may be used on any day. 

Outside the trout season, Guest tickets to fish for grayling are also available from 16th October  until 14th March of the following year,  dates are inclusive.


The Guest Tickets must not be sold, or offered through ANY auction system.


Our Club folio can be downloaded from the side panel.  It contains much more information.


Should you be interested in becoming a Member, then click here.


Honorary Secretary, Mike Tebb's on Email:  givng him your full contact details an he'll get in touch.


The annual subscription at time of writing is £1625.00 with a joining fee of half of that. 

Wild trout chalkstream fishing of this quality just isn't available anywhere at an economy price.  

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.  


WFFC Folio
Download a full information folio, here.
Folio 2014 Rev 28 June 2014.pdf
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