We are in this months edition of Flyfishing & Flytying, a wonderful article on the history of our Club, written by Dominic Garnett.
We spent a very chilly but enjoyable day in January with Dominic. We talked about the history of the Club and how we collaborate with other organisations to improve our fishery, for both flora & fauna. Click to read more on the Club’s History
It is also the Club’s 140th anniversary this year and I do hear rumour of a few plans to celebrate it – more to follow……..
Were out again today, but although depleted in numbers still managed to move and re-wire about 40 posts, about 20 of which were renewed. It was hard graft as all the posts had to be hand carried from Whitfield hatches about half a mile upstream – this was necessary as John’s truck was bogged down axle deep requiring a shove out by the team as job #1.
John’s chariot safely un-bogged, the team set to work. The banter came thick and fast but the jokes are still awful. Excellent coffee break [thanks Brian] picnic lunch [thanks John] and even fortified with mulled wine. My word these guys know how to do it!
As you can see from the pictures, the work was tackled cheerily and with a sense of stile (!).
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Membership is complete and Membership card etc. will be in the post by the end of the week.
Grayling season over (see Doug’s report on his last trip of the season), it will be soon April 1st and already a few grannom have been spotted!
Just a quick trip to the river at the weekend, with only the one fish, so my last fish of the old season and first fish of 2017 was a hard fighting 40cm grayling, no complaints about that. I did lose another of similar size. Water was a good height and pretty clear, so fish went for a small PTN.
All the best
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.
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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…
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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..