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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Not Long Now

Saturdays work party was rather chilly, a biting gale force easterly followed with a blizzard. A good turnout, we successfully moved back parts of the fence, that were in the river spoiling a number of good fish holding runs… John Aplin

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March 19, 2018 by Filed under: River Work 

Last Gasp…….

Despite the chilly weather I had to make a last gasp grayling bash at the weekend before the season closed.

The water was quite clear, with a cold wind and bright sunshine. I saw several substantial grayling as I worked my way upstream, but each time they also saw me, which didn’t help. It looked like it was going to be quite difficult to get myself a first fish of 2018. I stopped for a coffee to warm up and having propped my rod against one of John Aplin’s benches, a goldcrest flew out from a bush and attempted to take my nymph as it fluttered in the icy wind. Now that would have been a first on the fly, having only managed a bat in the past. Fortunately the bird missed the fly or probably my tying was not quite realistic enough to be convincing. So I tucked into my bun whilst the goldcrest was left to forage elsewhere for its own 3 x bodyweight in food.

Finally fishing at the end of a fast run I felt a tap on the nymph and lifted into a grayling, which took a small ‘disco shrimp’ pattern. It fought well but once landed I could see that it appeared to have been in a recent brush with a pike (the beast from the east?) and had left half its tail behind in order to escape. Apart from one other fish which was on then off, that was my total. So at least I have my first fish of the year, though it would have been nice to have caught a whole one.

All the best and looking forward to another great season!


March 3, 2018 by Filed under: Uncategorized 

Presentation Night

Dorchester Fishing Club celebrated it’s 140th anniversary in 2017 and a dinner was organised by committee member Rob Ayles. To coincide with this, a raffle was held and the proceeds from this went to Fishing 4 Schools. The prizes were procured by River Keeper John Aplin using various means and huge thanks are due to the donors of the excellent contributions. Charles Jardine was the guest of honour and after dinner speaker.

The raffle and auction of one of Charles’s superb pictures raised the princely sum of £1877 and a cheque was presented to Charles at the January meeting of the Dorset Chalkstream Club in West Stafford close to the Club’s fishing on the River Frome.

Rob Ayles

Rob Ayles, Charles jardine and John Aplin

January 27, 2018 by Filed under: Admin 

140th AGM & Anniversary Dinner

The 140th AGM was held on Saturday 9th December in the Wessex Hotel, Dorchester. After sixteen years of looking after the Club’s funds, Jim Chalmers retired as the Honorary Treasurer. The Chairman thanked him for his sterling work over the past years. Jim was also elected as an Honorary Member in recognition for his service to the Club and Ian Rodd was voted on as the new Honorary Treasurer.

Bryan Sennett thanks Jim Chalmers

After the formal AGM was completed we enjoyed an illustrated guide through the year by John Aplin.

Then there was a break in proceedings, to allow the tables to be set for the 140th Anniversary Dinner. We were then joined by honoured guests, along with our special guest for the night, Charles Jardine, who gave an entertaining look at fly fishing. He also outlined the importance of the charity that he founded, Fishing for Schools. It offers young people the opportunity to discover the joy of fishing, whilst learning new skills in a fun and proactive way.

During the evening Rob Ayles was busily selling raffle tickets for a collection of amazing prizes that John Aplin had gathered from his many fishy contacts. The raffle and Members donations raised an astonishing £1,877.00 and was donated to Fishing for Schools.

Big thanks to all those involved in organising the night, especially Rob Ayles, John Aplin, Bryan Sennett who did an amazing job in putting the whole nights celebrations together and all the raffle prize donators for their generosity. See you all in ten years…

We even get a mention on the Countryside Alliance website

December 11, 2017 by Filed under: Admin 

December 2017 Work Party

A small group of Members helped the Keeper clear a few trees above Whitfield hatches today.

Last call out for the 140th Anniversary AGM & Dinner next Saturday night – there is still time to book a seat, just contact Rob Ayles

If you can’t attend, why not buy a few raffle tickets – details of the amazing prizes & how to purchase your ticket(s) here

Please also complete your 2017 catch returns ASAP…

December 2, 2017 by Filed under: River Work, Uncategorized 

November 2017 Work Party

Weather was against us, but we still cleared plenty of willow along the Poundbury beat and time for a brew at the end of the morning.

November 11, 2017 by Filed under: River Work 

Dorchester Fishing Club / Fishing for Schools raffle

This year the famous Dorchester Fishing Club is celebrating its 140th Birthday…  At the coming AGM and dinner on the 9th December we will be holding a grand raffle to raise money for the fabulous charity “Fishing for Schools

Raffle tickets will be on sale before and are available to all persons keen to support, you can e mail me  or ring me on 07889 680464

Tickets priced at £5.00 will be on sale at this Fridays Chalkstream Club, West Stafford Village Hall 7.30 pm .

Hows this for an amazing list of great raffle prizes…  Buy those tickets now folks….

DFC Dinner Grand Raffle Prizes

All funds raised are for the charityFishing for Schools

  • Sculpture by the lakesFishing lodge for four and fishing for two.
  • SportarmSmart Fly Fishing Place Mats and Fly Fishing For Pike book.
  • Charles R-WA day for one on the Frome at Frampton during Mayfly.
  • Russell BrownFramed Mayfly print..
  • Portland ShellfishLobster voucher.
  • The Wild Trout TrustCap and a free years membership.
  • Neil KeepA day for two on the river Otter at the Deer Park Hotel.
  • David BurtonTwo rather lovely Trout prints.
  • Orvis SherborneGift Voucher..
  • Casterbridge Fisheries LtdA day for two on the famous “Home Beat”
  • Wise Man West StaffordVoucher.
  • David MillerStunning Brown Trout Print.
  • Funky Fly TyingVoucher.
  • Ian MayHampshire Fly Fishing GuideCasting Lesson.
  • Devon School of Fly FishingA guided Salmon day for one rod, on a private beat on the river Taw.
  • Colin AndersonChampagne. 
  • Derwen Organic FarmVoucher.
  • Smokin Drag FilmsDVD and new film viewing
  • Ian StirlingDamson Gin.
  • John GrindleA bottle of Dorset’s finest wine
  • Simon WardTwo dozen hand tied Frome flies, with notes…
  • Kris KentFishpond fly waistcoat.
  • Lee MoretonA guided day foraging Fungi..
  • Tom PutnamA first day cover set of British River Fishes stamps -1983, along with a box of rather interesting items and notes..
  • Doug PritchardA box of Czech nymphs tied by real Czechs.
  • Conyers Tackle and Guns9ft 6″ fly rod reel and line.
  • Peter LeatherdaleTwo Trout landing nets and four bottles of fine red wine.
  • Gavin McCourtA fabulous days hurdle making or one or two people.
  • Tony TrickyA rather nice Single Malt.

A truly massive thank you to all those who have been so generous with their donated prizes…

October 26, 2017 by Filed under: Admin 

October Work Party

We had a fabulous weekend of work parties, a good turn out and we all had great fun clearing willow and maintaining some old flow deflectors and as usual lots of pasties, coffee and cake in the breaks…

The club AGM and dinner is looking rather exciting, better get your names down rather soon, and as for the raffle prizes, amazing……

Regards to all

October 26, 2017 by Filed under: River Work 

Big Fish Sightings & Work Party Dates

Firstly as autumn approaches our beloved Frome Valley I have seen a rather encouraging number of three pound plus brown trout on the fin over the last few days while working on both the upper and lower water… These fish are not for the faint hearted and may well require some serious stalking and a huge amount of fly changes before taking….. Good luck!!

Secondly the lovely dedicated guys from the river lab at East Stoke are out tagging the salmon parr on various parts of the Frome over the next week or so, please feel free to stop and have a natter to them about their great work…

DFC winter dates as follows –

Friday 13th October – Tree and flow deflector work, 9am Gasgoyne bridge.
Saturday 14th October – Tree and flow deflector work, 9am Poundbury.
Saturday 11th November – Tree work, 9am Poundbury.
Saturday 2nd December – Tree work, 9am Whitfield Hatches.
Saturday 13th January 2018 – Grayling social and BBQ, 9am Lubbecke Way.

September 8, 2017 by Filed under: Admin 

The Club is 140 Years Old

This year we will be celebrating our 140th birthday, the same age as The All England Club Wimbledon Tennis Championship!

This year’s AGM will be followed by an informal dinner topped off with an after dinner speaker, the one and only Mr Charles Jardine, the makings of a most memorable evening I am sure.

We will be organising a raffle for the evening and hope to attract some great prizes, the funds raised will be donated to – Countryside Alliance Organisation Fishing for Schools a fantastic charity that Charles began with the Countryside Alliance Foundation back in 2008.

Your donation of any prizes for this raffle will be very much appreciated, please contact John Aplin 07889 680464 or to arrange drop off or collection. I will list the prizes as they come in.

Raffle tickets will be on sale prior to the AGM, also on the big day so please give them a push to family and friends.

The AGM / Dinner will be held on Saturday the 9th of December 2017 (date to be entered in your diaries immediately) at the Wessex Royale Hotel, Dorchester – full AGM details and menu will follow shortly.

August 13, 2017 by Filed under: Admin 

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