Don’t forget to purchase your rod licence before the start of the season:-
BUT BEWARE THERE IS A ROGUE WEBSITE CLAIMING TO SELL ROD LICENCE
From the Environment Agency:-
We have come across a website claiming to sell rod licences on our behalf www.fishingrodlicence.com/index.htm
They advertise themselves as an application checking service, for which an additional administration fee is payable to the company.
We have no agreement with this site to sell licences.
In addition, anyone using this site to buy a one or eight-day licence is not asked for the date when they want to start fishing. This is critical to obtaining the correct short-term licence.
From our investigations it would appear that whilst this site is not breaking the law except possibly on Intellectual Property (IP) by using our logo it does have the potential to mislead the public into believing that this a sanctioned EA site and that we condone what it does.
We do not endorse this service. We are not associated with the website;
- Anglers can just as easily buy a licence on-line at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/fish and without paying an additional administration fee;
- Anglers can also buy their licence over the counter at their local Post Office branch, by phoning 0844 800 5386 or by direct debit;
- The personal and financial data supplied to us is secure.
- An angler can go fishing immediately after completing the transaction process with us
We are writing to the website owners to request that they remove the rod licence image, which we have not given them permission to use.
Rising fish to hatching grannom greeted the 2011 new members as they were shown round the Club’s waters today.
It was a glorious day to be down by the river and the fresh spring growth certainly enhanced the closeness of the 2011 season. We cleared overhanging branches on the lower section of the Stinsford Side Stream and thanks to everyone who turned out to tidy this magical little stream.
The Riverkeeper John Aplin has rebuilt the fencing around “Angry Swan” field up by Whitfield Hatches ready for the coming season..
Conditions were not perfect but I did manage to get down to the Frome for a couple of hours on 28th February for my last cast of the season.
The water was fairly high and a bit coloured, but by no means impossible. The wind was chilly though, and temperature around 6C. When I reached the spot that I planned to fish it was already occupied, by a heron. I felt a bit mean forcing him out, but on the other hand I suspected he was not a club member, and sure enough he scarpered pretty quickly as soon as he saw me.
After taking some time to find any grayling, the first one came unstuck, and it was quite a wait till I found another. Small pink nymphs seemed to work the best and when the takes came they were quite aggressive, and the grayling very lively. The best fish of the day was around 16″, while the best fight of the day came from a 3ft long twisted strip of lead (ex church roof?) which at least proved the nymph was fishing on the bottom. It reminded me of the time, many years ago, when my brother caught a wire coat hanger from the stone pier at Weymouth. Caught by the hook end, it fought magnificently, impressing the growing crowd of onlookers as it twisted and twirled in the tide.
So that’s it for the old season, the grayling fishing has been excellent even if the weather has been tough at times. Now the first signs of spring are here so it’s time to focus on tying flies for April and May, and I’m looking forward to fishing the flies a bit higher in the water!
All the best and looking forward to seeing you on the river next month.