The river walk is held every year to compile a list of instream improvements and list any areas that need trees trimming etc. After the walk any instream improvements will require detailed plans submitted to the EA before we can start any work on them. But the general maintenance we can tackle during the planned working parties, please do come along and help…
Saturday 15th January 2011 10.00am – Wolfeton
Saturday 12th February 2011 10.00am – Withy Beds
Saturday 12th March 2011 10.00am – Stinsford
We had a river walk, on both the Frome and the Piddle last Saturday, casting our eyes over a few trees that need clearing and as a result of this there are a couple of dates for your diarys.
9.00am Friday 12th March River Piddle, tree work.
9.00am Friday 19th March River Cerne, tree work.
The perfect “Boxing Day” morning arrived with it’s frosty clear blue skies and bright low winter sunshine, not forgetting the biting easterly wind !
Meeting at Bockhampton Bridge, about a dozen of us headed off in an up-stream direction in a bid to shed a pound or two of Christmas Cheer !! With lots of “fishing chat”, it was a pleasant way to start the day …
Unfortunately, the river had a slight tinge of colour which made fish spotting more of a dream than a reality !!!
May I take this opportunity to wish you all a “Happy and Healthy 2009”.
Today I set out from Lower Bockhampton to fish the complete length of the Club’s water!
I started early at just after 9am and I was blessed with blue skies, along with a comfortable temperature. There were a few mayfly about and my first fish rose and sucked in the fly. This is when it all went wrong – I can now say for certain that the willow revetment is excellent cover for trout and that’s where the fish dived into and was lost… (October 2006)
I continued up and caught a few stock fish, which are easily recognisable because of the blue dyed spot on their bellies. It wasn’t until I was above Loud’s Mill that I started to get into our wonderful wild trout.
The temperature had now changed from comfortable to very hot and the mayfly decided not to hatch, the action slowed right down.
Thankfully there were plenty of pale wateries that kept the fish looking and a well placed fly would bring a trout to take.
It was now very warm as made my way along the Wrackle and bumped into Jim, who was having a good day… (Jim’s report below)
I finished my walk up to Gascoyne Bridge where my wife drove me back down to my car – a good day, but it was so so hot!!
A cautious approach that involved crawling through the mud and keeping myself very low allowed me to get a mayfly in the right spot and success on the third cast. As you can see from the photo it is a beautiful wild fish that went safely back into the river.
As I made to go off to another pool, much to my surprise, another bow wave appeared in the same spot where a second large trout was also giving the minnows a hard time. However, the second fish proved to be much more difficult to approach and whenever I got into casting range it was off upstream at a rate of knots and into the deep water.
Apart from the excitement on the Wrackle and watching the Landrover dig itself into the mud it was a rather quiet day with few mayfly about and not so many fish rising. Perhaps it was just too hot and bright and it will be better in the evening. I enjoyed our chat by the river bank.
Managing Committee river walk today – we walked from Lower Bockhampton along the river to Gascoyne Bridge. The River was in excellent condition throughout and a grannom was spotted on the return journey.
Thanks to Vicky for the soup.
It was the Managing Committee’s annual River walk today and we certainly picked a very wet one. We walked from Lower Bockhampton, stopping at Whitfield Hatches for hot soup provided by Vicky Grindle and continued up to Gascoyne Bridge.
The river looked very low and in desperate need of more rain.