I had a bit of time on my hands so was able to get out after grayling on Christmas Eve and also Boxing Day. The river was in fine shape, just the right amount of colour in the water so the grayling could be caught unawares. There were plenty of fish throughout the lower water, taking the nymph in places where I had never previously caught grayling so late in the year.
Christmas Eve was warmer, and I had at least a dozen fish, I also saw a large brown trout rising, so wished him a Merry Christmas and noted the spot for next season. On Boxing day I went back with my brother (narrowly missing John Aplin on the river walk), promising him that we couldn’t miss. There was a fair breeze, it was much colder this time, and the grayling were more reluctant. Despite the support of a handful of chocolate Father Christmases, action was slow, but we did manage to connect with some grayling and also saw a salmon moving.
The best fish of the two days were 46 and 47cm, with plenty of mid-sized fish too.
That’ll be my last trip of 2011 so I’m already looking forward to first outing of 2012.
The weather was amazingly kind to those who turned out for today’s work party, especially as there was some horrendous weather forecast. Unfortunately it was again a very low turn out and it was down to the usual suspects to tidy the banks from Giffords Pool up to the Withy Bed, but we were unable to tidy the right bank because the river was in full flood and still rising, which was a great sight after all the low water this autumn.
Actually we cleared from Loder Garage up, but now Loders is no more, we will have to call it Giffords Pool bridge and Giffords Pool lay-by!
New work party dates have been added, along with a planned Boxing Day walk along the Lower Water in the hope to see a few salmon. Please bring the family along for the walk or come on your own and escape the Christmas chaos for a few hours!
A great mornings work above 10-Hatches, with all the encroaching tress and bushes removed – thanks to those who turned out and helped..
Saturday 26th November – 9am – Ten Hatches – tree clearing – meet London Road lay-by (next to Piddlehinton turning)
Tuesday 15 November 7:30 pm
Herrison Hall — Charlton Down — Watts Room
Speaker: Sarah Williams, DWT Dorset Wild Rivers Officer
We shall fight them on the river banks : defeating the aliens
It’s big, it’s strong, it comes from the Himalayas and it stifles any living thing within reach. No, not the mythical yeti, but the alien plant Himalayan balsam, which is leading an invasion of Dorset’s rivers. Dorset Wildlife Trust & Dorset Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) have launched an offensive to give this and other harmful alien plants the elbow before it is too late for native river wildlife.
‘Return of the Natives’ is a 3 year project to remove Himalayan balsam from the Frome, its tributaries and other local rivers, and to examine the extent of the threat from other alien plants.
This will be a progress report and an encouragement for anyone interested to join the battle – or is it a brush war?
Contact for info: Allan Reese 01305 269912
I did get to the Frome on Monday 31st October as planned, the water was slightly coloured, and conditions were good. Sure enough, the grayling were still well spread out in view of the relatively high temperatures. Plenty of grayling came to the nymph, mostly with delicate takes so I am sure there were many that I never even registered. The best fish measured 16″ and bright beadheads were ignored in favour of the trusty green Czech nymph (small pheasant tail also did well).
It was an excellent day but it didn’t seem right fishing for grayling in such warm weather (no need for flask or buns) so I’m looking forward to a real ‘winter’ trip soon. Or perhaps I should be careful what I wish for…
All the best,
We have been praying for rain for months and it finally arrived this week, unfortunately it means that tomorrows working party has to be cancelled due to the flooded river..
More dates to follow……………………………
Now that it is the end of the season, please can you submit your catch returns online. This will help the Managing Committee decide on the stocking policy for 2012. Please also add any day tickets that you issued over the season.