New Members Day

What a fantastic turn out for the new members day. The weather was kind, but no rising fish were seen, although a grannom has been spotted – high hopes for some fly for the start of the season next week…

March 27, 2010 by Filed under: New Members Day 

Riverfly gets going……..

Hi All

Firstly a big thank you for turning out on Sunday morning for our first Riverfly get together.

I am pleased to say that we have our first meeting booked for Sunday 18th April 10am at the Dorset Wildlife HQ just outside of Dorchester.

We hope to put various sampling sites on the map for the Frome and the Piddle and hopefully come up with a rota, if you have any areas that you are concerned about please let us know.

If you know of any more helping hands please bring them along.

Dorset Wildlife Trust HQ

Dorset Wildlife TrustBrooklands FarmForstonDorchesterDT2 7AA> Location map

Look forward to seeing you all.

John Aplin

March 23, 2010 by Filed under: Riverfly Partnership 

Twelve days to fishing….

The rain is lashing against the office window, its been very cold and the start of the 2010 season is only twelve days away.

The river looks as good as ever and we have seen our fair share of dark Olive’s hatching, no Grannom yet, they are going to hang on until we get those lovely spring days towards the end of April!

As you have noticed we have had a couple of very well attended working parties, other than a litter pick on the lower water (a bit of the usual take away rubbish left after the floods) we are well prepared for this coming season which this year falls on the Thursday before Easter, so a long weekend of Trout fishing for you all.
Please don’t forget to renew your EA rod licences before you go fishing this season……
We opened up this pool a few years ago, and it grew over, so we opened it up again, first one there is going to get a three pounder……
March 20, 2010 by Filed under: River Work 

River Cerne Pre-Season Tidy Up

It was the turn of the River Cerne & Wolfeton Fishery to have their pre-season tidy up. Many thanks to John, Richard, Bryan, Jim, Rod & Dave, it was a great to see so many giving up their time on such a wet day.

Both waters are now looking great and already for the start of the season.

Dave Busily Strimming

The Team in Action

March 19, 2010 by Filed under: River Cerne, River Work 

River Fly get together

River Fly monitoring, a reminder!

Lots of you have expressed an interest in being involved in our local river fly monitoring group, covering both the Frome and the Piddle.

We are moving forward with our first get together which is going to take place at-Richard Slococks “Wessex Fly Fishing” at Southover, Tolpuddle.

Sunday 21st March at 10.00am

Please bring a pair of boots or waders, and a notebook, why not bring the family it will be a fun couple of hours.

John Aplin 01305 257490 Richard Slocock 01305 848460

March 13, 2010 by Filed under: Riverfly Partnership 

River Piddle Working Party

Today’s working party tackled the River Piddle and we were welcomed by Richard along with his wonderful tractor. Next working party is next Friday, please come along and lend a hand..

This made tree removal painless and the Piddle is looking perfect for the new season…..

March 12, 2010 by Filed under: River Work 

Day Tickets

Sorry folks our allocated 45 day tickets for the DFC fishing have now been sold.

March 10, 2010 by Filed under: Admin 

Day tickets

Due to the outstanding value of the day tickets avaliable on the clubs fabulous chalk stream fishing there are now only two tickets left to sell.

If you have booked fishing please insure that payment is made fairly shortly, and grab those last tickets before they go…



River Keeper

March 2, 2010 by Filed under: Trout Fishing 

The Wild Trout Trust in Dorchester

Shaun Leonard, Director of the Wild Trout Trust, will be presenting a talk on the work of the Wild Trout Trust, in particular demonstrating projects that have been undertaken by the Trust to restore valuable salmonid habitat on some of Britain’s most challenged rivers ands streams. He will be illustrating his talk with examples of low cost restoration techniques which would be appropriate for many situations throughout the South West.

His talk will be of value to riparian owners, fishing clubs, keepers, anglers and anyone interested in the preservation of our west country rivers and streams. It will be followed by a Brains Trust question and answer session, with a panel comprising of some well known personalities including Sean Leonard and also Richard Slocock (“The Old Man of the Piddle”), John Aplin (Keeper on the River Frome and angler extraordinaire), Allan Frake (over 40 years experience of west country rivers), oh, and me (25 years of staying afloat!)

The talk will be hosted by the Association of Ponds, Lakes and Fisheries, an eclectic (but very friendly!) group, based mainly throughout Dorset, who have a common interest in all things watery.

The meeting will be taking place at The Brownsword Hall, Poundbury, Dorchester on Friday 12 March 2010, at 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Tickets are available booked through me ( , priced at the ridiculously good value of £8.00, to include for a glass of wine and a good plateful of refreshments. All proceeds shared between the Trust and the Association.

March 1, 2010 by Filed under: River Work