Peper Harow Park Fly Fishers

The Club was founded in 1947 and has been active ever since. It is situated on the Oxenford Farm property near Elstead on the B3001, about five miles from Guildford. Total membership is limited to fifty five, excluding junior members. The club has two lakes, which were originally the carp ponds of the monks who founded Waverley Abbey in 1265, together with one and a quarter miles of mainly double-bank fishing on the River Wey. The lakes are stocked with rainbows whilst the river is designated as a wild trout catch-and-release fishery and therefore stocking with browns will cease by 2025. We have a fly only policy.

Club Rules

Junior Members


We also have approximately one and a quarter miles of mainly double-bank fishing on the River Wey. This is the section below Somerset Bridge, flowing through the peaceful and beautiful Peper Harow Park estate where the main part of the river fishing lies. It is fly only and the dry fly is part of the sport. The Club has designated the river as a Wild Trout Catch-and-Release Fishery.

The Club has set up three WhatsApp groups for members encompassing a ‘buddy’ arrangement, fishing the lakes and fishing the river whereby members can  request / offer to ‘buddy’ with a fellow member and share experiences and information on fishing the lakes and river.

There is a reasonably good Mayfly hatch along with other olives,  and sedge form part of the usual diet. Brown trout will continue to be stocked, albeit in reducing numbers, until 2025 and there is a growing population of wild browns. We are working with the Environment Agency and Wild Trout Trust to develop a self-sustaining stock by improving the habitat.

There is a wild trout catch-and-release policy on the river. All rainbows landed from the ponds may either be retained or, if unharmed or not unduly stressed, may be released . No dogs are allowed due to cattle.

The Club has a maximum total of 55 members, excluding junior members. Three work parties are held each year where members spend a morning carrying out maintenance works to the lakes and river under the guidance of the Club’s Maintenance Manager.

There are no limits on the hours fished but there is a limit of four fish per day or twelve per week being six from the lakes and six from the river. The Club is affiliated to several game fishing and conservation organisations and members are encouraged to fully participate in their activities.

Joining the club

If anyone is interested in joining the Club or finding out more about it please contact

Hon Secretary: William Dyke


Phone: 07984 462 991

We are participating members of the “Riverfly Partnership” and regularly sample the invertebrates in the River Wey to monitor the health of the river. Our results are submitted to the Partnership, alongside other Clubs across the country, to provide a broad picture of how our river is performing and the trends nationally.

“2017 was my 1st season at the club and I really enjoyed the challenging river fishing, delightful, peaceful and fabulous environment to fish in.” Roger A.

“Being so close and convenient to home makes it easy for me to get out for an hour or two. Those show-pony rainbows make themselves easy to find but those river browns have got the better of me for now. Don’t worry, I’ll be back!!!” Adrian T.

“Thirty years ago I found it impossible to believe that such a sanctuary existed within an hour and a half from William Cobbett’s Great Wen. That is as true today as when I first joined the club.” Charles S.

“I never thought I would find a fly fishing club in such wonderful location and only 4 miles from home. Perfect”. Richard S.

Peper Harow Park Fly Fishing Club