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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.