Latest Posts Under: Grannom

Early trout and wet feet

My first short session on the river today and it certainly looked stunning. Blackthorn in flower, swallows over the water meadows, grannom over the water, and a few fish quickly on to them. My first trout of the season wasn’t an especially big one, but it was certainly feisty, leaping all over the place and …

April 1st 2019

What a beautiful start to the new season, weather was warm and the river in tip top condition. Although the start of the day was a little chilly to start, with a nasty easterly blowing down the valley. Having tried a sheltered carrier, I then headed over to the main river, it was now warm …

Glimmer of Hope

Nothing quite like talking about the weather, a slightly damp spring, let’s leave it at that! Yesterday there was a glimmer of hope… In slightly extreme river conditions, despite the height, the water clarity on the Piddle is lovely and, now this is important, the sun was out, there were Grannom and Olives hatching and …

Three to a dry fly

A pleasant couple of hours on our lovely river this morning resulted in three fish, and of these, the one pictured was by far the best. A beautifully coloured native trout, and although neither weighed nor measured, it was certainly over 14 inches and pretty chunky. I had quite a bit of trouble holding this …

Grannom Hatching

Richard Miller (Honorary Secretary) arrived at the river mid morning yesterday and was lucky enough to witness a enormous hatch of grannom. The first video shows hatching fly & shucks drifting downstream. The second video shows two fish rising and the photograph is of one of the rising fish caught on a grannom emerger pattern. …

Not Quite 1st April…!

Your Honorary Secretary Richard Miller, Riverkeeper John Aplin and myself (+ John Thorpe) have just returned from an epic fishing holiday in New Zealand. We did fish on the 1st April on the River Makarora where the Wilkin River flows in, it was cold and wet. But not as wet as in Dorset and we …

April Start

My brother and I had an excellent day sharing a rod a week ago on the Lower Water. The grannom were hatching in large numbers although the trout as usual were reluctant to show themselves this early in the season. However, in bright sunshine and clear water we managed to pick up close to a …

April 2nd

In almost constant drizzle, or steady rain, things felt a bit grim on Thursday. But an hour on the river seemed worth a bit of discomfort and with some grannom about a suitable pattern soon delivered this feisty fish. Another better one followed, but sadly it came adrift, leaving a mangled fly and by now …

Clouds of Grannom

Fished this morning for a couple of hours between Lower Bockhamton and the metal bridge. Caught two wild brownies, one about 9 inches, one about 4 inches and an accidental grayling about 50-55cm, clonker! All on nymph, Mary copperhead. Pretty windy and huge clouds of Grannom but only saw a couple of rises. Shame about …

Handy Walkway

I managed to have my first day on the DFC water on Friday and was quite surprised to find the river in very strong flow and carrying a fair bit of colour. Another more pleasant surprise was to observe a very good grannom hatch; it was absolutely swarming with them! Shortly after arrival I saw …