Strange Mayfly Season

I agree with comments made by others , it has been a strange mayfly season this year , requiring more effort and covering more water to find a hatch and more importantly rising fish . I found this lovely wild one in an out of the way lie , and made the usual hash of playing and landing it without a net which was safely in the boot of my car . I slipped it back and in my excitement did not measure it , so have no real clue what it might have weighed .. though that seemed and still does rather immaterial , it was a beautiful though !

Andrew

June 8, 2018 by Filed under: Mayfly, Trout Fishing 

A Brace of Big Fish

To catch one big fish in the Frome may be considered fortunate, but to catch a brace the same size on the same day borders on the miraculous.

The first was in the morning on a carrier, in a difficult place (aren’t they always ?), but I saw it in a shaft of sunlight, nicely balanced just under the surface very quietly sipping flies as they slid past. I could hardly believe my eyes. One of the famously big ones that I had heard about but never quite believed. I like to fish that river fine and far off, particularly in a breeze which makes everything just a bit harder and more fun. The fish are always very wild, so it is first cast or nothing.

It took a small parachute Adams, and then just swam quite slowly and steadily round and round it’s own pool, as if it didn’t really believe it had been hooked, with me, heart in mouth, applying as much pressure as I thought a 7X cast could stand. This went on for quite some time and my wrist was getting more tired than the fish. Eventually I netted it and measured it carefully at 21 inches before putting it back, when it swam away apparently unconcerned. By far the biggest fish I have caught this year.

The second was in the late evening on the same day. It was feeding spectacularly all around the tail of the pool, smashing at spent mayfly in an apparent frenzy and sending swirling ripples from bank to bank. The difficult bit was to judge which way it was travelling in between bites. If I could put the fly anywhere near it would certainly take.

It took a big detached body Mayfly and gave a wonderful aerial display all around the weir pool, worthy of a Marlin, with me just hanging on and wondering how I was going to land it, given that I was casting from the wrong side of the fence. Eventually it calmed down and I could climb the fence one-handed to get into the water. It measured 22 inches and was definitely exhausted after all the leaping and whizzing around the pool. I propped it upright between some weed and my net, and it took five minutes to recover and swim slowly away, shaking its head.

No photo. I had forgotten to take the iphone.

Tight lines to all.
Colin Anderson

June 7, 2018 by Filed under: Mayfly, Trout Fishing 

Mayfly Shenanigans

Had some fun last night with a rather large trout. The fighting and landing spot could have been a tad easier; it behaved well initially and shot straight up into the pool, then behaved very badly and shot back down and under the barbed wire fence. Had to drop the rod and walk (run!) round to the stile, picked up the rod and lo and behold still on, and sitting nicely in the ford. A little more shenanigans under the lower fence but forced back up and into the net!

The net is 20 inches which it fills rather nicely so I reckon about three and a half pounds. The spot pattern looks suspiciously stockie like but it has a few red spots and decent tail (although well rubbed on the underside). I think if it is a stockie it’s been holed up there for quite a while. What do you think?

A very odd mayfly season (if we are coming to the end of it..?) with sporadic hatches and not as many trout in the usual places. The bigger ones I’ve had have pretty much all been in hidey hole places and in shallower water – I had a pound and a half fish from right under the metal bridge just before catching this big one. Very few flies on the wing yesterday evening until about 8.30pm and then they all appeared in a rush and had quite a few fish up and at them. Several members complaining about lack of fly and fish – talking to Charles Rangely – W yesterday, he says they’ve had comparatively poor sport at Frampton – but I think it’s been one of those years when the fly has come off at odd times (the evening falls have been great on some evenings, so they must have hatched at some point the previous day..) and having to look into all the little backwaters / bushes.

All best
Richard (Hon.Sec)

June 3, 2018 by Filed under: Mayfly, Trout Fishing 

Slow Start

What a slow start to the season we have had with high flows in April and very little activity generally. Thankfully things seem to be waking up a little now with the mayfly making an appearance and river temperatures really rocketing in all this warm, sunny weather we have been enjoying. After arriving at the river recently there was very little in the way of hatching duns but I stuck with a French partridge mayfly pattern and after a couple of pound-plus trout, was rewarded with this lovely 20” fish; I did quickly weigh him in the net and he came out at 3lb 7oz.

Later in the day the fields were swarming with spinners and I was hopeful for a busy evening but despite plenty of fly on the surface and several rising trout, the fish were refusing to take mayfly patterns. It became obvious after a while that another hatch was in progress; the fish were locked on to this other hatch and on the whole ignoring the feast of mayfly. After a lot of head scratching and working through my fly box I couldn’t work out exactly what the hatch was but despite this I did manage to land a couple more fish.

Very much looking forward to the rest of the season.

Kind regards,
Hoot

June 3, 2018 by Filed under: Mayfly, Trout Fishing 

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 a little fall of Hawthorne all drifting down bubble lines to rising fish!!!!!

Ian Stirling called by and suggested we take a look and even better take a rod, I managed to open this seasons account with a stunning Piddle fish of about half a pound that sipped down an Olive cast over flooded river bank.

Reading between the lines, Ian caught one or two earlier in the week.

If you head down to the river, take your time and be careful, these little flurries of activity are short lived, right place right time springs to mind..

Regards
River Keeper

April 12, 2018 by Filed under: Grannom, Trout Fishing 

April 1st 2018

After some torrential rain a few days ago, the rivers burst their banks and there was little hope of casting a fly on the opening day. But after just 24 hours the smaller streams were running clear and fishable.

April 1st 2018

I opened my season on the River Cerne, saw large dark olives & a few grannom hatching. But the trout had their heads down, which called for a small weighted PTN, it did the job and my 2018 seasons account was open.

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I was joined by Trev & Rob and Trev was also soon into fish (photo by John Aplin).

April 1st 2018

With the forecast rain this week, I would check the river levels before venturing out. (links on the right) or if you are on Twitter :-

Maiden Newton twitter.com/riverlevel_0241
Louds Mill twitter.com/riverlevel_0242

April 1st 2018

April 2, 2018 by Filed under: April 1st, Trout Fishing 

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 feisty individual long enough to get some sort of picture with the other hand – and then only got part of it. The two others were of about a pound or so each. These were the only fish I saw rising and all took a dry grannom type pattern happily enough. Strangely my nymph on this occasion found nothing.

Will Bown

May 5, 2017 by Filed under: Grannom, Trout Fishing 

Evening Fishing

Here is a video taken by Ben that shows the magic of evening fishing during a mayfly spinner fall (in slow-mo!) – the air is thick with mayfly, he had a great evening catching some stunning wild fish..

May 31, 2016 by Filed under: Mayfly, Trout Fishing 

Mayfly

The Mayfly are hatching and the fish are rising, even today the river was brown after yesterdays rain, but fish were still able to spot hatching mayfly and were feeding well..!

A fishing report from Hoot:-

After setting off yesterday (Friday 20th) for just my second trip to the Frome this season and facing quite a chilly, breezy day I didn’t hold out much hope, especially as the water is still carrying quite a bit of colour due to an algal bloom. I was pleasantly surprised however when arriving at the river to see a steady hatch of mayfly coming off with the odd fish rising here and there. After a few missed takes and a catch up with John A and Robin, I managed to land a couple of reasonable fish and continued up-river encountering rising fish around every bend with a good mix of stockies and wild fish coming to the net.

Mayfly continued hatching into the evening and apart from my favourite Mohican pattern, White Wulff and French Partridge flies were also successful except for one fish that refused everything besides an emerger. Into late evening and fish were still rising despite a complete lack of spent gnat on the water. I soon realised that a hatch of sedge had started so managed to finish off the evening with a couple more fish on deer hair and CDC sedge patterns. All in all a very enjoyable day with well over a dozen fish landed (and several lost including a 2-3 pounder which threw the hook) with the best fish just over 2 lbs; even the rain managed to hold off until I arrived back at the car! The weather is pretty atrocious today (Saturday) but hopefully the days will improve along with the clarity of the water and I’m looking forward to some more mayfly fishing over the next couple of weeks.

Kind regards,
Hoot

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The Honorary Secretary also had a red letter during the rain yesterday and landing this wonderful 16″ trout..

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May 22, 2016 by Filed under: Mayfly, Trout Fishing 

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 hear that the Frome was over the banks for the first part of April. We all caught fish, strong rainbows in an amazing river & landscape. (hear more about our trip at the Dorset Chalkstream Club this autumn)

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After hearing that there were grannom hatching, I ventured out today for my first visit to fish the Club’s water since my return. The weather wasn’t perfect, strong & cold downstream wind, plus sleet showers! Even so there was a small hatch of grannom and a few small trout rose to them. But the hatch was over so quickly I failed to make the most of it and when another sleet shower came over, it was time to head home!

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There are signs that the Frome is warming up and spring is starting to appear, hopefully it won’t be long before some decent trout show themselves!!

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April 26, 2016 by Filed under: April 1st, Grannom, Trout Fishing 

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