An opportunity presented itsself to me which meant I could snatch a quick trip down south to try for a grayling or two.
John Grindle kindly put me up for the night and I made start at around 10am. River looked fine and with a good flow but did not manage any fish until further up when a number of fish took a fancy to my small lightly weighted bug. Fish as might be expected were very localised but obliging when found.
After a snatched lunch I tried another stretch although by now a nasty rain had developed with low cloud. Tried several spots unsuccessfully but luck was on my side when I contacted a really beautiful specimen – what a fight on a #4. Took best part of five minutes to subdue this fish which measured out at 20″ – fantastic end to my first day fishing in 2011. Quite a number of redds in evidence throughout the lower water which bodes well.
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 12 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.
Day Tickets are only available during the trout season and only on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays & Bank Holidays. (season 1st April – 14th October)
The Police have made it quite clear that poaching is a crime in progress covered by the 1968 Theft Act. Members should always call 999 to report it and not phone the keeper. Without a report the police will not be aware of the extent of a problem.
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Stress if you are vulnerable/elderly or at risk of intimidation..
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Angling’s representative body, the Angling Trust, has a web site for anglers to record sightings of cormorants, goosanders and mergansers throughout the UK: www.cormorantwatch.com The site is easy to use and will gather vital data to help persuade government of the need for action to protect fisheries.
Invasive plants and animals can carry diseases that kill fish, block waterways and banks, interfering with fishing. They can be small and hard to spot, so are easily spread on damp clothing and equipment.
Protect the environment and fishing you enjoy, by keeping your kit free of invasive plants and animals.
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