BEFS is a wild fishery and our Members enjoy both coarse and game fishing. The River has a wide variety of fishing areas and is best described as challenging.
BEFS began on 1st April 2002 when our founder members were asked by the then Estate Manager to set out “Rules and Standing Orders” for a fishing syndicate on the lower Little Avon River. The Syndicate has grown and progressed ever since to become the thriving organization it is today.
The Little Avon River is a limestone river rising above Wotton-under-Edge and Inglestone Common and running westward through Charfield, Tortworth and Berkeley, entering into the River Severn close to the old Berkeley Nuclear Power Station site.
BEFS members fish the 7 miles between Damery Bridge to the Hunt Kennels at Berkeley. The section down stream of the Hunt Kennels road bridge to the River Severn is classed as ‘Free Fishing’ and is open to anyone that holds the correct Environment Agency licence.
This is a wild fishery and no stocking has occurred for many years. Our Members enjoy both coarse and game fishing. The nature of the River allows the use of different styles of fishing; although both fly and course fishing styles can be used along all of the river; the top end is more suited to fly fishing and the lower end to course fishing.
The River has a wide variety of fishing areas and is best described as challenging. Reasonable personal mobility is needed to enjoy fishing here.
Within the river there are many species of fish but the main game fish are Grayling and Brown Trout. The whole of the River is designated a “Grayling Water” by the Environment Agency.
A large variety of coarse fish are present in the river. We also find eels and lampreys throughout the river.