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April 1st 2018

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. I opened my season on the River Cerne, saw large dark olives & a few grannom …

April 1st – 2017

Very changeable weather today, with warm sun, rain and a cold wind blowing down the valley. But I know a few little spots were spring starts a little sooner and found hatching grannom, with a few willing trout to my GRHE pattern. Spring seems a lot more advanced than previous years, with leaves bursting from …

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 1st

I noticed that there were a good few Members out today enjoying the sun, but also enduring the strong downstream wind!! I thought I was in for a good day when a small trout rose and took my fly on the River Cerne beat. But it was the only fish that I could find that …

April 1st

WOW what a contrast to this time last year! Then we had temperatures of around 6c, today it was in the twenties!!! But it did start with thick fog, luckily it was burning off as I headed to the river. Soon I spotted a grannom hatching mid-river, but the beat I was fishing all was …

April 1st

Well without doubt this is the coldest April 1st I have had to endure since I joined the Club in 1986! But it was dry and the river is in excellent condition… I tried a sheltered spot, but nothing was moving or hatching. John Aplin came along and we headed up to the River Cerne …

April 1st

The amazing weather continues and still no sign of any meaningful rain…. But perfect for the first trip of the season…. Arrived around 10am and there was fly already in the air and small trout rising in the margins. It wasn’t long before a 10″ brown sucked in the GRHE as it floated downstream. This …

April 1st

After years of fishing the River Frome I am still very much learning it’s rhythm and when is the optimum time to fish. April 1st arrived to a very wet,  misty and windy morning, this was after weeks of amazingly calm warm weather. So not the best weather to dash out in the hope of …

25th April 1st

On my 25th April 1st fishing the Club’s waters, I woke to a frost, bright sunshine and a chilled wind. Probably the worst fishing conditions for trout fishing you could imagine! But I battled the elements saw a few hatching olives, caught 2 trout, 2 grayling and heard reports of swallows flying on the Lower …

April 1st 2009

Well I can’t imagine more perfect weather than we had today, yes the easterly wind was a little chilly in exposed areas, but out of the wind it was gorgeous.. I also hear there were a lot of other Members out enjoying the first day and John Aplin had a flick or two as well….! …