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Plight of the Chalkstreams

Nick Maskrey asks that members lobby their MP’s to join the new parliamentary committee and to finally do something about the pollution that pours into our rivers. “I have today sent this message to my MP – it would be a good idea if other members did the same…’As a fly fisherman for more than …

Autumn 2020

Now that the summer heat has past, it was time to fish the Upper Water. The river has been refreshed from the previous weeks flash floods, these have cleansed the gravels, ready for the winter spawning trout and salmon. It was good to see a few rises at the tail of the first run and …

Wasp Nests **Updated**

There is a wasp nest under Poundbury just upstream of Kelly’s bridge, true left bank – SY 68273 91288 and also on the upper water at – SY 67350 91990 again true left, just where you slide in…. **UPDATE** 3rd August – two more nests above 10-hatches **UPDATE** 14th August – two more on the …

Sedge Fishing

Reports of excellent evening sedge hatches at the moment, bringing the fish to the surface. Charles Jardine and his son Alex had a cracking evenings fishing and experienced one of the recent gorgeous sunsets. Charles said “The Frome this evening…near indescribably beautiful…. and the reason why I fish and haunted by the places I wander …

Weeding Cutting and Day Tickets

A small band of Members braced the wet conditions and helped River Keeper John Aplin with a weed cut on the Affpuddle beat. The beat is now looking in tip-top condition ready for the BWO evening rises. Unfortunately this beat is not available on a Day Ticket, but it is now possible to purchase Day …

A few willing trout on a wild morning

It was a grey start to a short session this morning with a brisk wind and some wild gusts. Casting was going to be tricky. A few mayflies were drifting down; Green Drakes struggling to stay upright in the wind and being driven into the banks, but not being molested by any trout. After a …

Opening Day – 13th March

Fishing resumed today and amongst the chaos that we are currently living through, normality edged it’s way slowly our way. Conditions didn’t look good, bright sun and a cold northerly wind blowing. But the Piddle brown trout are generous and they eagerly took my mayfly imitation, nothing over 10 inches, but the whole experience did …

One Lucky Member

I see the Frome is out of bounds until the preventive measures can be relaxed. In Czech we are lucky that fishing, hunting and beekeeping are all considered sufficiently agricultural to remain permitted activities for the time being (with compulsory mask), so I was able to get out on our opening day, April 16th. I …