Posted 09 March 2017 - 03:04 PM
As someone who used to fish the Kennet, but has moved to near the Thames, I would say the Kennet is generally easier to fish because it is shallower and not so wide. Also, being chalk stream, it is steady and doesn't oscillate between 'low and clear' and 'up and coloured' in the way the Thames does. But, as Chris says, most of it is controlled by angling clubs that don't give day tickets.
Quite honestly, with both rivers I don't know of anywhere you could go and get a nice easy bag of chub and roach, particularly at this time of year. Both need a bit of experience and trial and error. The great advantage of Barton Court is that it's an idyllic place to go to, with 'carriers' about 3 foot deep. And if nothing else you'll catch some trout!