The Club is a private one, founded in 1877, of approximately sixty-four members and six Town Rod subscribers. The Club's waters consist of about 7 miles of wild brown trout & grayling fishing in the main River Frome, River Cerne and River Piddle, together with attendant carriers and side streams. The waters extend both above and below the town of Dorchester and the Club employs a part-time keeper.
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I am pleased to report that the large pike is still resident in the pool and is alive, well & fighting fit. We met briefly late on Saturday afternoon – I’m not sure which of us was most shocked at the encounter. Fantastic scrap on a fly rod – deep boring runs and then tail walking across the pool.
Safely unhooked (thanks to barbless hook), weighed in the net, photographed then revived and released unharmed. Approximate weight well over 11 pounds. Magnificent fish.
Ps> thanks to John Aplin for getting me interested in this in the first place!
On one of the coldest mornings of the year a group of hardy Members met to help John Aplin repair a section of fencing under Poundbury. He brought along with him his new Honda Post Driver, which at first glance didn’t seem man enough to knock a toothpick into the ground. But it was an amazing piece of kit and helped us repair an astonishing length of fencing in record time.
More fencing work on the Friday 10th February – it is worth coming along just to see the Post Driver in action….!
Huge thanks to Charles & Alex Jardine for coming along for our annual Grayling Day. Unfortunately the river was brown & cold after over night rain so no fish were caught. But we did enjoy one of John Aplin’s curries next to river – thanks to him for that and for Members who also contributed to the lunch.
We have had several work parties so far this winter, all well attended with a handful of new faces turning up o find it’s not just hard work but great fun, may you all catch a big fish from those areas you have worked on.. Cheers John (River Keeper)
Please also note there are a lot of trout & sea trout Redds about at the moment, please take care where you tread, even in very shallow water.
Fantastic amount of work has been achieved today, if you are free Tomorrow or Wednesday, please pop along with your waders and help out..! Meet Gascoyne Bridge at 9am…
Sadly today we said goodbye to Joe, who died on the 15th September. He was a Member of the Club since 1988 and in 2010 he was made an Honorary Member for his long service with the Club
For those who didn’t know Joe, he was the guy that travelled around the river on a moped with his rod strapped to the back! In 2003 he also designed our brilliant logo of a brown trout leaping through a crown of water (reference to the Dutchy Water).
Away from fishing he was an engineer, photographer, artist, gardener, Husband, Dad & Grandfather. I for one will miss Joe’s dry sense of humour and his wish for ever bigger fish!!
We are pleased to say that the Club has received some funding for a project on the “Upper Water” from Gasgoyne bridge downstream to the Cuckoo pound fence, this project is to include some crown raising and tree clearing to reduce some of the shading, installation of several “LWD” flow deflectors and some hinging of trees into the channel as cover and fry refuge, and the renewal of the fence.
This great project is subject to lots of match funding in terms of volunteer time from club members, I also hope to have some volunteers from the DWT and Kingston Mauward College.
This is a partnership project between the Environment Agency, Wessex Water, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Dorchester Fishing Club and Casterbridge Fisheries.
Anyone who fancies getting hands on for a day or two can meet us at Gasgoyne Bridge, Monday the 10th October at 9.00am, please bring waders, gloves and some good weather..
What amazing work a team of willing & happy volunteers can achieve in a day. It was unfortunate that I was the only representative from the fishing fraternity, the others were regular Wildlife Trust volunteers.
I think it is about time all local fishing organisations, fishermen, riparian owners, fishing clubs/syndicates and the Dorset Wildlife Trust all get together to draw up a battle plan for this persistent pest!!
The Monnow Rivers Association have all but eradicated balsam from their catchment area and I know they would be only too happy to share their success stories – come on lets roll up our shirts up and tackle the Himalayan Balsam once and for all!! (rolling up shirts when balsam pulling isn’t recommended because of all the stinging nettles – as I found out today!!)
One club in Worcestershire stipulates that members should pull 50 balsam plants each fishing visit – might be worth a go on the Club water next year???
Wessex Water will be repairing a manhole cover between 4th July & 30th July, it is situated in what was the cricket bat willow field. We are not sure what disruption this will cause, hopefully none, but it may colour the water for a time..
A big thank you to the EA for their excellent fencing work below Louds Mill, protecting valuable chalk stream habitat.
This area has in the past been subject to fairly heavy cattle poaching causing damage both in stream and on the banks, now the eco system as a whole can work in relative peace.
John Aplin (River Keeper)