Flow Deflectors

The flow deflectors doing their work in the recent rain

July 26, 2017 by Filed under: River Work 

Large Tree

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

July 10, 2017 by Filed under: River Work 

Affpuddle Beat – New Stiles

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)

April 22, 2017 by Filed under: River Work 

More Fencing

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 (!).

Trevor Prince

March 5, 2017 by Filed under: River Work 

Keepers New Toy

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.

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More fencing work on the Friday 10th February – it is worth coming along just to see the Post Driver in action….!

January 22, 2017 by Filed under: River Work 

River Work Update

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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December 13, 2016 by Filed under: River Work 

Cuckoo Pound – Upper Water

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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October 10, 2016 by Filed under: River Work 

Himalayan Balsam bashing day Dorchester

What amazing work a team of willing & happy volunteers can achieve in a day. It was unfortunate that I was the only representative from the fishing fraternity, the others were regular Wildlife Trust volunteers.

Himalayan Balsam bashing day Dorchester

I think it is about time all local fishing organisations, fishermen, riparian owners, fishing clubs/syndicates and the Dorset Wildlife Trust all get together to draw up a battle plan for this persistent pest!!

Himalayan Balsam bashing day Dorchester

The Monnow Rivers Association have all but eradicated balsam from their catchment area and I know they would be only too happy to share their success stories – come on lets roll up our shirts up and tackle the Himalayan Balsam once and for all!! (rolling up shirts when balsam pulling isn’t recommended because of all the stinging nettles – as I found out today!!)

One club in Worcestershire stipulates that members should pull 50 balsam plants each fishing visit – might be worth a go on the Club water next year???

Himalayan Balsam bashing day Dorchester

Himalayan Balsam bashing day Dorchester

Himalayan Balsam bashing day Dorchester

Himalayan Balsam bashing day Dorchester

August 10, 2016 by Filed under: River Work 

Louds Mill

A big thank you to the EA for their excellent fencing work below Louds Mill, protecting valuable chalk stream habitat.

This area has in the past been subject to fairly heavy cattle poaching causing damage both in stream and on the banks, now the eco system as a whole can work in relative peace.

John Aplin (River Keeper)

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June 22, 2016 by Filed under: Environment Agency, River Work 

Winter Update

The work continues to improve access and removal of this years tree growth. Plus the River Keeper John Aplin landed a superb 12b pike, which he caught on the fly from the Club’s water.

Here is the old stile, which was getting increasingly difficult to climb over.
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A mornings work later and we now have a new stile (just to the right of the old one).
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Plus a new stile to access the water above Loud’s Mill…
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Early the next day our own Paul Mildren and visiting grayling expert George Ashton are first to use the new stile..
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John’s fly caught pike…
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Today three of us tidied the River Piddle fishery.. A work party will be arranged in the New Year to repair a bridge and build more stiles!
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A short time lapse of clearing one of the many pools on the River Piddle.

December 11, 2015 by Filed under: River Work 

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