Learn to Fish

July 30, 2012 by Filed under: Admin 

The River is Fishable!!!

Just a quick note from John Aplin the River Keeper, the Upper Water is now fishable with lots of hungry fish waiting for you. The Lower Water is also fishable but please take care with over hanging banks and strong flows on both beats……

July 26, 2012 by Filed under: Admin 

High Water

John Aplin and I attempted to fish the Upper Water yesterday evening. When we viewed the river from the bridge it looked very fishable and extremely clear water.

But the flow of the water is very deceptive and we struggled to wade deeper than our knees the water was so fierce, it reminded me of the Eastern European streams I have fished. There was very little fly about and the fish we saw were all hugging the bottom, although John managed to catch two small fish on a large sedge pattern…

If any Members are going out this weekend (we think it needs at least another week before it will be truly fishable), please be very careful because the water is still very deep with a lot of damage to the banks and a few big trees down (working party being organised)

July 20, 2012 by Filed under: Conditions, Trout Fishing 

Doug’s Fishing Holiday

Doug is a Member of the Club and fishes the waters as much as he can, but working & living in Prague means these aren’t as many as he likes. But once a year he has a weeks fishing holiday and usually brings over a fishing friend(s) from Southern Bohemia (some amazing fishing there as well!) to sample the English rivers and coast line. Here is his short summary of this years trip.

I had the first week of July booked as fishing holiday, hoping when I planned it in May that it wouldn’t turn out too hot and sunny or the river too low.

It started well, and on 30 June the Frome was in excellent shape with my guest making full use of his day ticket and catching some fine trout.

The next four days were spent in Devon, under grey skies and almost constant rain in a fairly fruitless search for seatrout (2) and salmon (0).

As we drove back to Dorset in the rain, every river we crossed was running red (Devon) or brown (Dorset) and I’d never seen the Hive Beach Cafe so empty as we made our regular coffee stop. As you know, the Frome was well out of sorts, but fortunately the sea was able to provide good sport with mullet and bass to the fly and mackerel to the barbecue, so all was not lost. By the end of the week the Frome was fishable, and a trip (in the rain) on Friday produced a dozen fish, with the river rising all the while and by Saturday the Frome was all over the bank and the fishing week was all over too…

But no complaints about the quality of the fish, just the weather!


July 14, 2012 by Filed under: Trout Fishing