Boxing day river walk

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”.

December 27, 2008 by Filed under: River Walk 

River Walk

A small group of Committee members and John Aplin walked the Club’s waters today to discuss a few river improvement ideas. John now has a very healthy list of exciting projects for this coming year.

From Dorchester Fishing Club 2008

We also saw 4 salmon above a redd, you can just make one out in the middle right of the photograph

From Dorchester Fishing Club 2008
December 19, 2008 by Filed under: River Work 

Flooded out (again)

I am fully aware of how much you were all looking forward to spending a day on the river getting wet and dirty!

I hate to disappoint you all, but due to the huge amount of rain we had in a very short time last night the river is in flood and therefore to dangerous to enter to do our willow work.

I will set another date very soon..

December 4, 2008 by Filed under: River Work 

AGM. 2008

The AGM. was held at the Kings Arms Dorchester and many thanks for those who turned out, it’s always good to see everyone and to exchange a few fishy tales.

One piece of good news the annual subscription has not been increased for the 2009 season, I will be sending out the minutes etc. ASAP.

(Please do not send in your cheques until you have received the December Newsletter)

John receiving 2 bottles of thanks for another successful year on the river

From Dorchester Fishing Club 2008

December 2, 2008 by Filed under: Admin 

Crikey it’s cold!

Just back from a quick (crikey it’s cold) grayling fish and to try out some bugs using some new hot pink & orange tungsten beads.

Fished a couple of well known grayling runs; the first was too exposed to the elements and I quickly numb fingered headed to a sheltered spot. This was a lot better and I was soon landing a lively 12″ grayling, caught on a hot orange bug. I caught about 5 more fish and decided to try a hot pink version. This didn’t seem to interest the grayling as much as the orange one, so I switched back and caught a few more fish.

The rain was now falling and the wind had found me even in this sheltered spot, so time to head home. But hang on there was a rise, then another, I was witnessing a small hatch of olives. I tied on a dry GRHE and caught two more grayling – by now my hands were well and truly frozen, so time to head home for a hot coffee…
See you all tomorrow night at the AGM.

From Dorchester Fishing Club 2008
Hook: Partridge fine wire Czech nymph size 16
Body: Light hare’s ear mix
Thorax: Dark hare’s ear mix
Head: Hot orange tungsten bead
November 30, 2008 by Filed under: Fly Pattern, Grayling Fishing 

2oz Short

Today my good friend George migrated down from Liverpool for a days grayling fishing. George is one of the best grayling fishers in the country and he’s eager to catch his first UK 3lber. He has caught several over 3lb in Scottish rivers, but his best from a UK stands at 2lb 12oz from his first visit to fish the Frome in 2004.

We started early after the obligatory fried breakfast and we soon into fish which came eagerly to trotted sweet corn, no monsters but good fish up to 2lb. I then hooked into a something heaver and looked over to see that George was also hooked up to a very good fish! Unfortunately I lost my fish as I was just about to net it and I estimate it was well over 2lb…… Thankfully George still had his on, but was struggling with the fish against the strong flow, after a few abortive attempts at netting the fish, George slide it over the rim on the net and was in… We weighed the fish in the net and after a quick photo the fish was released – the weight of net & fish came to 3lb 10oz, it was now time to weigh just the net – dam it weighed 12oz, which made the fish 2lb 14oz, just 2oz short!!

From Dorchester Fishing Club 2008

We continued fishing in all the likely looking spots in an attempt to get George his 3lb fish, but the best we could manage were fish just over 2lb – I suspect George will be back soon for another go!

From Dorchester Fishing Club 2008

It was good to see Rob out with a fly rod after the winter grayling, but it’s always best to try and not forget your fly box full of nymphs!!

November 22, 2008 by Filed under: Grayling Fishing 


The recent floods have kicked up a lot of fresh gravels and the river is clearing nicely for a spot of grayling fishing next week.

From Dorchester Fishing Club 2008
November 15, 2008 by Filed under: Conditions 

Change of date

As you can imagine the river is out of its banks in many places after the weekends rain.

Looking at the forecast for the end of the week, I have made the decision that working in a swollen river will just too dangerous!

So if OK our Poundbury work party will be re arranged for Friday 5th December 9.00am.

November 2, 2008 by Filed under: River Work 

Bittersweet Autumn Day

Hi John,

I used the ticket you kindly sent me last Saturday 11th October. I was blessed with one of those brilliant but bittersweet autumn days – warm sunshine, hatching pale wateries, feeding fish but tinged with that sinking feeling that the seasons end was just around the corner.

I arrived at the water at 10:30 and found some hefty browns working the riffles below Whitfield Hatches which had been energised by the early morning warmth. Two fourteen inchers christened my latest small stream toy, a seven foot, 3wt Scott Fibertouch – a Stradivarius in fiberglass!! And so the day progressed, flies hatched, fish rose and I caught more trout including another pair of fourteen inchers on the riffles above the railway bridge at Angry Swan.

An exceptional days sport, but the best was reserved for last. A persistent riser, feeding against the pilings just below the A35 road bridge was tempted into taking, and after a frantic battle, a seventeen inch cock grayling came to hand. The markings on this fish were the most pronounced I had ever seen with dazzling vermiculations on the dorsal and pelvic fins. My cup was overflowing, and I knocked off at 16:30. And which fly did the damage? A GRHE of course!

How was Czech?

With best regards

October 21, 2008 by Filed under: Trout Fishing 

It’s Working!

Hi All,

I thought you would appreciate and enjoy these 2 video clips of fish to using the Loud’s Mill fish pass. Our consensus of opinion is that the first is a salmon and the second is a brown trout. Sizing the fish is difficult as it is all relative to the camera, but the wall edges you can see in the bottom corners of the picture are 300mm apart so the salmon is deffinetly bigger than that. I suspect the brown trout is more in the 200 – 300mm range.

Have a good weekend
Fisheries Technical Specialist

October 17, 2008 by Filed under: Loud's Mill Fish Pass 

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