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 

Czech Republic

Just back from an amazing trip to fish the rivers of Southern Bohemia with fellow Club Member Doug. I was treated to some of their best grayling fishing in truly wild & beautiful rivers.
From Dorchester Fishing Club 2008
There was also the small matter of a fishing competition and the winner would be the one with the longest amount of fish (all fish returned, well except for one large escapee rainbow) After 10 hours fishing and 18.1 metres of fish caught, Vlada was crowned the winner.
From Dorchester Fishing Club 2008

I came a grand 7th out of 8, I could blame the hot weather or the lack of local knowledge, but it was their superior fishing skills that shone through.

Vladislav, Zdenek, Me, Doug, Vlada, Martin, Valda, Tomas
From Dorchester Fishing Club 2008

and a big thanks to the support team for looking after me so well 🙂

Support Team: Zdenka & Ivana, Vaclav & Doug’s Dog
From Dorchester Fishing Club 2008
October 15, 2008 by Filed under: Uncategorized 

Electro Fishing 2008

Today we electro fished the river to remove the unwanted pike. Conditions were fantastic, although a strong and rather cold down stream wind made the morning feel very chilly.

From Dorchester Fishing Club 2008

We started at Lower Bockhampton and fished up to Loud’s Mill, where we encountered similar numbers of pike as last year, as were the numbers of trout. After 4 hours of hard work it was time to enjoy the other annual event “Electro Curry” lunch. Kev’s curry was a winner as was John’s chicken VB.

From Dorchester Fishing Club 2008

With plenty of extra warmth, we continued up to Blue Bridge, on the way we turned over a multitude of excellent trout & grayling and very few pike – a splendid day.

Perfect Frome trout
From Dorchester Fishing Club 2008
October 3, 2008 by Filed under: Electro Fishing, River Work 

The Club Needs You!

After 12 years as Honorary Secretary, I have decided it’s time for me to hang up my notepad and let someone else take the reins. It has been a great honour and a privilege to serve the Club as Honorary Secretary, during which I have made many great friends and have had many great experiences, but I feel it’s time for a new kid on the block who can take the Club forward into the next era.

I’m not going totally or leaving the Club without a Secretary, I will hopefully still sit on the Managing Committee & maintain the Club’s website. So the “Club Needs You” – if you would like to put your name forward for this post, please contact myself or the Chairman!!

John Grindle
Mayfly 2005
From Dorchester Fishing Club
October 2, 2008 by Filed under: Admin