The Gold Top

This fly has worked well so far this season, even when the grannom are hatching fish will take it. The tuft of Snowshoe Rabbit Foot really help this little fly stand out on the riffley runs…

Gold Top

Hook:    Size 16 barbless
Body:    Hares Ear
Tail:      Optional – hare guard fur
Rib:      Fine gold wire
Wing:    Snowshoe rabbit fur (natural or olive)
This is as good as CDC but a lot more durable

April 29, 2011 by Filed under: Admin, Fly Pattern 

Second World War shell!!

You never know exactly what you are wading on when you enter the river!!

YOUNGSTERS playing in a Dorset river had a shock when they discovered a Second World War shell.

The army bomb squad and Dorset Police were called to Greys Bridge on London Road, Dorchester on Wednesday night.

The device, a Second World War shell, was found in the riverbed by a 13-year-old boy playing in the water.

Police sealed off the area and the army bomb disposal team exploded the shell in a controlled detonation after it was removed to a nearby field.

There were a number of youngsters in the area enjoying the evening sunshine when the device was discovered.

One youth, who did not wish to be named, said: “The police got everyone clear of the park and the road and set up a cordon round it.”

His friend added: “All they did was put some cones round it and we watched them dig a hole so they could explode it.

“It looked like a plastic bottle.”

They said when the police carried out the explosion the blast reached the height of the nearby houses in Kings Road.

Photographer Andrew Murray, 57, of London Road, captured the whole event on film.

He said the initial explosion from the shell reached 20 feet into the air. He said: “I looked out of my window and saw the bomb squad lorry out there, earlier I saw a policeman in the field and saw some kids sitting on the bridge.

“The police said they had found ordnance in the river and were waiting for the bomb squad.”

Police cordoned off the area and asked the pubic to stand back 200 metres while the bomb team exploded the shell.

Mr Murray said: “It was a very loud bang, louder than a gun shot. It was like a very loud firework.

“The initial explosion rose 20 feet in the air.

“Then about 30 minutes later they let people back onto the side of the road nearest the bomb site.”

He added: “It was quite exciting. The police who were there were very informative. There wasn’t any panic, there was just a bit of excitement on London Road.

“They said that it was a 6lb bomb from Second World War.”

The Hodgkiss shell is a type of cast iron explosive shell used in machine guns on the First and Second World Wars.

A spokesman for Dorset Police said: “We received a call at 4.25pm on Wednesday to say a 13-year old boy had found a large bullet type object on the river bed at Greys Bridge in Dorchester. It was described as being eight to ten inches long, black and with ridges at the bottom.

“Officers attended and a picture of the object was sent to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit. They told us to put a cordon up around the object.

“The disposal unit attended at 7.30pm.”

Story taken from the Dorset Echo……….

April 22, 2011 by Filed under: Admin 

Hawthorn fly

Just completed a great two days fishing with my good friend on the Clubs water. Where we encountered huge hatches of grannom but hardly any fish rising, then lots of fish rising to unseen fly!

New fly patterns successfully tried, but too many flies lost to the trees!

Lovely warm weather and amazing hatches of hawthorn fly, quickly halted by a chilled breeze that blew down  the valley! We found hidden hatch pools and met old friends.

Of course there was the loss of a HUGE fish and best of all we had lots of laughs with lots of great memories.

Hawthorn Fly

Note: If you intend heading to the Frome in the next week, I suggest you come armed with a good hawthorn fly pattern, because if these start to land on the water the fish will go crazy…!

April 17, 2011 by Filed under: Grannom, Trout Fishing 

A day of Twos

I should have been working of course but the lure of my first trip of the season to the Frome was too strong -and “an urgent meeting in Dorchester” was handily inked in the diary .

The result – two nice trout came blind to a small elk hair sedge, I saw two house Martins , two Snipe and two deer and came across two traces of Otter activity ( trails , and Spraint ) on the main river and Spraint and fish scales on a well used log just below Popes Hatch on the Wrackle ( I hope those scales weren’t from the nice 1 1/2 lb fish I returned there last Mayfly !) Two members in evidence, Including myself – both hot and happy to be there !


April 7, 2011 by Filed under: Grannom, Trout Fishing 

Fit and feisty

Just returned from a lovely couple of hours on the Club’s Water, never seen such a strong Grannom hatch – and plenty of rising fish taking them! I managed to bring two really nice trout to the net before having to leave. Both fish very fit and feisty!

Best wishes for the season

April 6, 2011 by Filed under: Grannom, Trout Fishing 

April 1st

After years of fishing the River Frome I am still very much learning it’s rhythm and when is the optimum time to fish.

April 1st arrived to a very wet,  misty and windy morning, this was after weeks of amazingly calm warm weather. So not the best weather to dash out in the hope of  hatching grannom and rising fish.

It wasn’t until after midday that conditions improved and I felt it was time for me to head to the river. When I arrived it was still raining, misty and generally not very pleasant at all.  After tackling up,  I wandered over to a bridge and looked upstream – there were grannom everywhere and fish rising!!

Fishing a GRHE it wasn’t long before I landed my first trout of the season, then another, so it continued until the sun broke through the cloud and all action stopped dead.. How long the grannom had been hatching I will never know, but I do know, I wish I had got to the river a lot earlier!

Jim’s Report

Never mind the weather, it is the first of April so the chance to go fishing again could not be missed.

I arrived on the water at 0900 and it was all very quiet. The river was slightly coloured and the surface of the water was quite rough and dark with the gusts of a strong southerly wind and an overcast sky. A fine misty rain was carried in the wind and it was not a good morning for the dry fly so I tied on a Greenwell nymph and got some casting practice placing it in likely spots when the gusts of wind would allow.

After 2 hours of flogging the water the first fish turned up, a grayling. This was a bit ironic as I went fishing for grayling half a dozen times during the winter and caught absolutely nothing but the odd trout. My competence at grayling fishing is pretty well nonexistent.

At around 1130 I noticed that the grannom were becoming a bit more numerous and by midday there were some really good hatches in places. Better still, after not seeing a rise for the first three hours, trout started to pop up here and there. In fact, in some spots, a really good rise was underway. The wind had moderated and the clearing sky allowed some warmth to reach the river and stir grannom and trout into action.

Following a quick change to the dry fly, three decent fish came to the net before I got so hungry that I packed up to go home for lunch. As usual I was fishing a size 16 winged Greenwell. One day I must try something else. I met one other member and John A.


April 1, 2011 by Filed under: April 1st, Grannom, Trout Fishing