Large Tree

July 10, 2017 by · Comments Off on Large Tree
Filed under: River Work 

A great chunk of Poplar snapped from the top of a tree up on the Cuckoo Pound, this material was used in conjunction with the project we carried out last autumn, we added lots of “LWD” into our existing flow deflectors making them a little bolder than they were.

A great mornings habitat work on our fishing and huge thanks to Bryan, Ian and Robin for their hard work on a scorching hot day!

John Aplin

Big Fish Week

June 1, 2017 by · Comments Off on Big Fish Week
Filed under: Mayfly 

As mayfly season slowly drifts away, I have witnessed two big fish this week and I was lucky enough to catch the first. Lucky that at the end of a long days fishing, I persuaded my tired body to walk back down the river to cover a fish I saw rise to a mayfly dun.

What a fish it was too – a beautiful young fish that was 21 inches (54cm) long, thick and fat, it has been estimated to have been at least 4lb – a stunning way to celebrate my 32nd year fishing the Club’s waters.

River Frome Brown Trout 4lb

While I was chatting to John Aplin & Kev Ackerman down by the river the following day, Trev Stroud telephoned to say he had just landed another big fish. A quick dash down (also bumping into Matt Rosekilly (ex Hon.Treas)) we found Trev with another beautiful fish, this one weighed at 3lb 7oz.

The big fish are still about and feeding on the mayfly – so get out ASAP and catch one yourself….

Shhhhh it’s Started

May 16, 2017 by · Comments Off on Shhhhh it’s Started
Filed under: Mayfly 

Today, for the first time in months we had proper rain (at last)…. So Bryan Sennett, Robin Ayles and myself headed to the clubs rather fine new fishing at Affpuddle to trim back a few trees to make wading (with a little care) of the whole beat possible. DONE….

Bryan decided that it could be a good move to bring his trusty “Hardy Smuggler” and a handful of Mayflies… Great plan Mr Chairman, there was a huge hatch of Mayfly and the fish were going bonkers, so in between fuelling the chainsaw Bryan and his net gillie Robin landed over ten Trout and rose probably another twenty… Amazing….

Those rainy muggy days, simply the best fishing days!

So words from Mr Chairman ” I officially declare that the DFC Mayfly season has begun” enjoy ladies and gentlemen…

Yours
Keeper

Three to a dry fly

May 5, 2017 by · Comments Off on Three to a dry fly
Filed under: Grannom, Trout Fishing 

A pleasant couple of hours on our lovely river this morning resulted in three fish, and of these, the one pictured was by far the best. A beautifully coloured native trout, and although neither weighed nor measured, it was certainly over 14 inches and pretty chunky. I had quite a bit of trouble holding this feisty individual long enough to get some sort of picture with the other hand – and then only got part of it. The two others were of about a pound or so each. These were the only fish I saw rising and all took a dry grannom type pattern happily enough. Strangely my nymph on this occasion found nothing.

Will Bown

Affpuddle Beat – New Stiles

April 22, 2017 by · Comments Off on Affpuddle Beat – New Stiles
Filed under: River Work 

All of the rather lovely fishing at Affpuddle now has much improved access for members, brilliant help from Robin and Bryan.. John Aplin (River Keeper)

Affpuddle Beat

April 18, 2017 by · Comments Off on Affpuddle Beat
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Here are a few snaps taken while fishing the new Affpuddle Beat yesterday – there were grannom & olives hatching, along with a few rising fish. Access to the lower beat is difficult at the moment, but new stiles are on their way.

Please remember the following rules apply to the “Affpuddle Beat”:
1. The fishing is double bank between the Lower and Upper Limits, as shown on the plan. The very bottom section flows through the garden of the Mill House, so please be particularly respectful of the residents if fishing this part. The Mill stream flowing in front of the Mill Cottage is not included in the fishing.
2. The only parking place to be used is shown on the plan, and is restricted to two cars only. If you arrive to find two cars already parked, please move on to other beats ( the Southover Beat of the Piddle is a short distance upstream ).
3. Catch and release only. Please use barbless hooks.
4. No day tickets permitted on this beat, except for guests accompanied by DFC Members.
5. When recording catches, please use the letter “Q” on your catch return card.
6. The meadows adjoining the river have livestock (the farmer is Roger Prideaux). Please ensure to close all gates. No dogs permitted.
7. All other DFC Rules apply as normal.

Rising Trout

Pretty wild trout

New Stiles

Top Hatch

Grannom Hatching

April 15, 2017 by · Comments Off on Grannom Hatching
Filed under: Grannom 

Richard Miller (Honorary Secretary) arrived at the river mid morning yesterday and was lucky enough to witness a enormous hatch of grannom. The first video shows hatching fly & shucks drifting downstream. The second video shows two fish rising and the photograph is of one of the rising fish caught on a grannom emerger pattern.

Link to Dave Collin’s Grannom Pupa Emerger Pattern

April 1st – 2017

April 1, 2017 by · Comments Off on April 1st – 2017
Filed under: April 1st 

Very changeable weather today, with warm sun, rain and a cold wind blowing down the valley. But I know a few little spots were spring starts a little sooner and found hatching grannom, with a few willing trout to my GRHE pattern.

Spring seems a lot more advanced than previous years, with leaves bursting from the majority of trees and lush meadows of grass. The river too has more ranunculus than in the last few years and I think John Aplin will be busy this year controlling the bank-side vegetation.

ORVIS – Discount

March 27, 2017 by · Comments Off on ORVIS – Discount
Filed under: Admin 

Orvis – As a Club Member you can have a 10% discount on any fishing related product – just say you are a Member of the Dorchester Fishing Club, in any Orvis retail shops.

Flyfishing & Flytying – April

March 9, 2017 by · Comments Off on Flyfishing & Flytying – April
Filed under: Admin 

We are in this months edition of Flyfishing & Flytying, a wonderful article on the history of our Club, written by Dominic Garnett.

Dorchester Fishing Club

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……..

Dorchester Fishing Club

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