Sweetcorn Fly


I didn’t manage to get out fishing on Christmas or Boxing Day, but made it to the river at last with my brother John on 27th December.

As you know, the water was high but relatively clear, so we were hoping to catch on the 5# rod with a heavy nymph. It took 3 casts to find the first grayling, which managed to release itself after a short fight. Another soon followed, and then a third. Despite the cold, it was looking like a promising day, until the bank gave way and my brother took a swim (sadly no photo of that). I suggested he might want to try the Weymouth harbour race next Boxing Day instead. Anyway, he is still speaking to me and has tied me a new secret weapon, the sweetcorn fly, which I hope to test later this month. Will send you a photo if it works.

On 28th I saw that another member was out nymphing on the Bockhampton stretch, so I hope you get a further report of grayling to the fly.

Good luck and tight lines to all in 2010.

December 30, 2009 by Filed under: Grayling Fishing 

Christmas Grayling

Just back from a very pleasant morning fishing for grayling – I only managed to catch two small grayling, but it was good to blow a few cobwebs away..

December Sun

Permissive Access
December 27, 2009 by Filed under: Grayling Fishing 

New Honorary Secretary

Many thanks for all those who attended the AGM held in the Kings Arms, Dorchester, it was good to see so many of you there. It was also the night that Richard Miller was appointed as the new Honorary Secretary, Richard is an outstanding replacement and will I’m sure steer the Club safely for a many years to come.

John Grindle, Peter Leatherdale and the new Honorary Secretary Richard Miller

It has been a great honour to have been secretary to what I believe is the best & oldest chalk stream fly fishing clubs in the country. I would like to thank the Chairman, Officers, Committee Members (past & present) and of course John Aplin for his support & curries over the last thirteen years – its now time for me to go fishing!! I have not retired completely and will still be looking after the Membership waiting list and maintaining this and the Club’s website.

You will soon be receiving your subscription reminder via email or by Royal Mail and I will also be contacting those on the waiting list to fill any vacancies for the 2010 season.

December 1, 2009 by Filed under: Admin 

Rivers on the Edge

Rivers on the Edge is a short film commissioned by WWF and produced by Charles Rangeley-Wilson (past member of the Club), well known presenter of TV series The Accidental Angler.

The film focuses on what Charles refers to as “the ultimate rivers” – English chalk streams.

These vital rivers – which are unique to southern Britain and northern France – are under threat from today’s increased demands for water and the growing impacts of climate change.

The film, and the WWF campaign of the same name, reminds everyone that simple steps to reduce our water use in the home can help save these unique rivers – along with the abundance of native wildlife they support.

As Charles says, these rivers are ours to look after – they’re our rainforest, our glaciers.

November 24, 2009 by Filed under: Uncategorized 

Clean gravel

Now that we have had a little rain, the difference our various flow deflectors have made on the Stinsford is quiet amazing, scouring out lots of nice clean gravel to help with spawning, and at the same time creating a nice deep pool to hold a fish or two next season.

We have also seen a handfull of Trout exploring these new features, and we are looking forward to doing our Salmon redd count this winter, which reminds me the EA have now removed a structure that was preventing the Salmon running up the Cerne, so we will be keeping an eye out up there too.

I spent a morning up on the Wrackle with the DWT looking at the possibility of some habitat improvement work for next year, we have several spots in mind for various riffles and islands, I will keep you informed to any developments.

On our travels we came across some tracks from a very young Otter, all good stuff!

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November 21, 2009 by Filed under: Uncategorized 

In Stream works

We have now completed our in stream works for this season, the dead line for these works is the 1st November, so thanks to our lovely pre longed summer and obviously low flows, we have achieved a huge amount on the Frome this autumn.

Lots of woody debris added to our flow deflectors on the Stinsford carrier

The six flow deflectors in this carrier are already making a difference, shifting the gravel, and scouring out nice holes in the river bed, we saw a good Trout lying just off one yesterday, in very fast water!

The sun is setting a little earlier now….

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October 30, 2009 by Filed under: River Work 

Bad Weather

It’s a good day to walk along the river and check out all the improvements John has completed in the past month and with the extra water in the river, you can see them all starting to take effect.

New island at Whitfield Hatches

Islands above the Withy Bed

Flow deflectors on the Top Stinsford
October 24, 2009 by Filed under: River Work 

Nearly finished

We took a few days out to do a small restoration project up on the river Nadder for the Environment Agency, and now we are all back in force to finish off our work on the Frome before our end of October deadline.
You can see here the addition of come Coir netting along the footpath revetment near Poundbury, this will help to trap silt over the coming winter which will in turn build up the riverbank, the netting also allows vegetation to grow up through it, and of course it is 100% natural.

Another part of our latest projects are the flow deflector’s on the Stinsford sidestream, the posts went in a while ago and have already changed the flow in this otherwise very straight channel, we have now added lots of willow to these deflectors, with great effect!

As you can see in this picture at last we have had a little rain, filling the river, making all our new structures start working for a living!

Our gravel washing team have been working overtime, in conjunction with our in channel modifications, and elsewhere on the Frome, we are hoping to have loosened and cleaned somewhere in the region of 4000 square metres of spawning gravel this autumn.

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October 23, 2009 by Filed under: River Work 

Bream etc

Monday we were on the DFC water doing a little more to our habitat improvement project, and purely by chance we came across a horse that had been injured by barbed wire, blood as far as the eye could see, amazingly Chris a mate of mine and a top paramedic was walking his dog and came to the rescue, slowing the flow of blood, we all spent the rest of the day sorting out vets, tracking down owners and Chris got home at 9.30pm after helping get the horse up to the vets in Sherborne, a team effort and a horse that is on the mend………….
Tuesday was an interesting day, we always get a huge buzz from looking at a new bit of fishing, and exploring at the avaliable options of hopefully making it slightly better.
This beat on the river Nadder just needs a slight tweek, the EA have done some great improvements over the last three years, but the fishing club need a little extra work done, and with thanks to the EA for asking us to help out with this we are able to further widen our river knowlege.

Our meeting went on into the afternoon which left only the time to go fishing after our return to Dorset, Elliot and I grabbed some cracking bait from Pauls shop on the way down, and had a great evenings fishing for species other than Cod, I now have the feeling that Ben A has caught them all…….

Again an amazing sunset.

The rest of the week we are on the Frome just up stream of Dorchester helping the DWT with improving Salmonid spawning gravel, using a digger, these gravels are so compact even a digger struggled to loosen the river bed, but in the end we were winning, lots of loose gravel a great result!

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October 15, 2009 by Filed under: River Work 


Just a little update on our latest projects, we have had some rain over the last couple of days which was great for showing us the flow around our new islands, so we did build them in the right places.
The bank side revetment we have done up at Poundbury will hopefully collect lots of silt over this coming winter and in turn create a wider fishing path.

We have all the posts in place for the six flow deflectors on the Stinsford, these now need to be woven with some willow.

As the first of the autumn rains hit the Frome, it was reassuring to see the wildlife taking full advantage of one of the new islands.

Elliot happy in his work weaving willow, and thinking about going fishing ….one day….

Only five days left of this current Trout season, the rain we had last night has coloured the river, but the forcast is kind for the early part of next week.

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October 10, 2009 by Filed under: River Work 

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