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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 …

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 r.ayles@btopenworld.com If you can’t attend, why not buy a few raffle tickets – …

Affpuddle Beat

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 …

Membership Complete for 2017

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 …

Well done blokes

I had a speculative stroll along the upper water last Thursday, and saw only one or two grannom and no fish – but plenty of heartening Spring wildlife: chiffchaffs, willow warbler, kingfisher, brimstones. However I was entranced by the lovely new stiles and general river work. Well done blokes! And thank you. Merrily

Work Party

Monday 12th May 9:00 am Gascoyne Bridge, tree trimming, so please bring your waders

Duck Broken

It’s been a long winter; I fished hardly at all last season so when I found I had a few hours unexpectedly free on Saturday, I blew the spiders out of my tackle bag and headed to the river. Yes, I know it was raining, but the fish don’t know that. There was a steady …

Chalkstream Club 2014 Photograph Competition

A friendly, amateur bit of fun that will be judged at the October 2014 Chalk Stream Club social. You are all invited to take pictures for each of the following categories. 1. Evening Rise 2. Mayfly 3. Trout 4. Grayling 5. Tackling Up 6. Wet 7. Wading 8. Flora and Fauna 9. Water 10. Tackle …

Peanut Slab

I had a very pleasant session on the river fishing the Upper Water last Saturday. The water was clear and a reasonable height, with not too much wind. I was hoping for a large trout, having spotted a good specimen there previously, and did manage to spook a few, but none of them the monster …

Barn Owl

Thanks to Bryan & Rob for helping out with the tree clearing above Whitfield Hatches, it was a great mornings work. Sadly we found a dead barn owl, it was ringed and the number has been submitted to the Natural History Museum, it will be interesting to hear where it was originally ringed. *Note: The …