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.
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 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.
Monday 12th May 9:00 am Gascoyne Bridge, tree trimming, so please bring your waders
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 grannom hatch which was the eventual downfall of this eager stocky (JG: looks a lovely wild one to me) after about 14 casts …Fish returned, duck broken and we’re off!
He was the only one rising, so I headed home, but I stopped to have a look Southover on the way, rod in hand of course. I can’t recall ever seeing so much water in that little river. I flicked the same grannom to a wildly rising maniac just upstream of the little bridge in the middle of the meadow and over a single strand of barbed wire and was immediately connected to fish # 2 of 2014, a foot long wild nutter, unhooked and released in-stream, so no photo but great fun …
Hope to see you soon!
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
5. Tackling Up
8. Flora and Fauna
All pictures must be taken in 2014, take as many pictures as you like, select your best for each category, put it on a memory stick and bring it along for us all to see.
We may even come up with a few prizes and a small panel of judges.
Please ping me an e mail if you would like to take part – firstname.lastname@example.org
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 I was after. I had even brought an appropriate snack to celebrate catching a large trout, a ‘peanut slab’ from big fish country, New Zealand. However, the day wore on, and still no monster trout. On the other hand, a fair few large grayling were visible so I changed tactics, dropping a pink nymph close to a good fish. Before it could react, a trout shot out from cover and took the fly, whilst the grayling promptly disappeared.
I did eventually get lucky with a good grayling on my trusty green nymph, and thought I would get an underwater shot whilst it recovered, but before I could even get the camera into the water, it was off. So here are shots of a trout on a pink nymph and my celebratory coffee. I was nervous the peanut slab would reach its ‘eat by’ date before I ever catch a monster trout, so I ate it anyway.
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 bird was ringed by S Lane as age nestling, sex unknown on 24-Jun-2012 at Stroud Farm, Dorset 21km from where I found it.
Only a few days to go before we enter another Trout season.
Our Frome valley is brimming with clear ground water and the Ranunculus is a brilliant green over clean gravel.
I have an inkling we could be in for a rather special season.
The Cerne and the Piddle look particularly inviting for an early season trip, but the Grannom could be a little later this year, I did see one a week or so ago and there has been the odd Large Dark Olive hatching.
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Our egg box hatchery was again a success due to the sheer volume of spring water flowing through the box and we had some great work parties over the
winter, a huge thank you to all the keen helpers!
I wish you all the best for this coming season, and could well see a few brave soul’s out on the 1st.
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