The early evening was hot and sultry and the river low and clear. There were still plenty of mayflies hatching, but strangely the trout were ignoring them. Further up I noticed Blue-winged Olives and the trout were already onto them. I had a little pattern in the box in a size 18, tied with a turkey biot body and blue dun hackle, and with the finest tippet I could muster, up it went.
A heavy trout snatched it without hesitation, and after an angry tussle eventually came thrashing into the net. A beautifully coloured fish of ample proportions. But it was impatient for its freedom, and after a quick and rather difficult record shot, away it went. Plenty of damsels everywhere, and kingfishers, and a few more small trout too. A lovely session.
Had a very memorable evening fish with my good friend Adrian, who is down for a weeks fishing. We bumped into the Chairman who was enjoying the carrier, catching a few fish on a large humpy pattern. There were already spinners in the air and one rested on my rod for a while.
In the next pool a good hefty 14″ trout took the fly. This was lot more hectic in such a small stream, I also had a few more smaller fish on my way up. I was now up to a hatchpool, always the home of a large trout. I wasn’t wrong second cast I was attached to a 2lb+ fish – this is when you think “I should have brought my landing net” – Ping he was off – dam!
Martin, Zdenek and Vlada are Doug’s guests over from the Czech Republic and tonight they fished the Frome. We decided to fish around 10-Hatches as only one had waders, which meant that during the evening they had to complete the 10-Hatch Challenge!
Although it was a perfect summers evening with hatching BWO and a few spinners starting to fall the fish just didn’t want to play, so it was difficult to catch the few trout we did – tomorrow they head to the sea to catch a bass on fly…………
Good to see a couple of day ticket gentlemen enjoying the river, although they could have done without the battle with the wind this morning!
I sneaked over to a Lilliput sized stream and found a Gulliver size trout (the evening rise didn’t materialise)
We had a very enjoyable visit, and although there was no great rise, spinners from 4.00 to 6.00, and sedges from 7.00 to 10.00 kept us busy. I had a beauty of 18″ 300yds up from Bockhampton bridge at 9.45, safely returned.
I have known the DFC water for over 40 years now, and can just remember my grandfather soaking his gut casts! It is all too easy to remember the old days as better than now. While I have always loved the Frome at Dorchester, I genuinely thought yesterday that it goes from strength to strength, and I have never seen it look better, particularly the Lower water. Certainly my Grandfather’s fishing diaries would suggest that the fish are bigger now! But I feel the main improvement is with the balance struck between your beautifully mown paths, and the wild areas and trees being allowed to encroach in places to provide a very mixed habitat. Half the warbler population of Dorset must have been singing in the reed beds last night.
Please can you send me the necessary papers to get my name on the waiting list? There can’t be many better places to fish, and after my visits this year, a four hour round trip seems a small price to pay!
Weather was perfect as I made my way 1/2 mile downstream to fish the evening rise back to the car. It was then I realised I had forgotten my glasses and spent the next 30 minutes trying to thread my fly on! Thankfully I was successful in the end and fished on up with a mayfly spinner.
Plenty of fish were still hungry for the fly, but as dusk started I lost the fly in a tree, no chance to tie on another – so it was time to head home…
Went to the upper water last night, found the Wrackle water-level nearly up to winter levels because of the greenery – silly me, thinking I could just walk across dry shod to the main river at the end of a dry spell in September!
Hooked and lost one good Wrackle fish in one of the only tiny openings between the overgrowth, and a perfect evening was had by all – me, the free trout and a heron flying home in a most beautiful sunset.
It has been a good season. Thanks for all your work.
Fished last night in some near perfect weather, with plenty of fly life about, until the temperature dipped and it then all went very quiet!
Just back from an evenings fishing with John, it wasn’t electric, but John had a fish on a daddy long legs pattern..