Trout Hatchery

We collected the Brown Trout eggs earlier today from Hooke Springs and spent a while carefully seeding them into the clubs hatchery box, these eggs will hatch when the water warms early in the new year and hopefully provide a little added sport over the next few years, again thanks to Bryan and Robin for their help on a particularly wet and cold morning… We got the eggs in just in time, as now the river is rising rapidly and full of colour!

John Aplin River Keeper

December 15, 2012 by Filed under: River Work 

Work Party

The Work Party planned for tomorrow (Saturday 15th December) has been called off due to dangerous river conditions. (again!)

December 14, 2012 by Filed under: River Work 

Trout Hatchery

Thank you to Bryan and Robin for helping me set up the club’s egg box today, the brown trout eggs will be collected from Hooke springs before Christmas.
We have no shortage of water for this years project. John Aplin

December 6, 2012 by Filed under: River Work 

Dorset Chalkstreams

The next meeting is on Friday 21st December 7.00pm in West Stafford village hall.

A very informal gathering of like minded people, an evening of fishing, fly tying, second hand tackle and chalk stream chat…..

  • Slide show “fishing” by John Aplin
  • Open forum chaired by Charles Jardine (who cannot wait to get back for this gathering) and David Griffiths
  • A visit also from Alex Jardine
  • Bring any fly fishing tackle you would like to sell for the “Second Hand Tackle Table”
  • Fly tying table, bring your vice and show us what you can do
  • Information table, if you have any brochures you would like to put out please do
  • Displays and information of work on Chalk Streams
  • Ideas for future gatherings, your chance to get involved
  • Drinks can be bought over from the Wise Man
  • Mince pies will be laid on

There will be a small charge on the door to cover the hire of the village hall.

If you would like to help out please ring John Aplin on 01305 257490 or email

December 2, 2012 by Filed under: Admin 

Fly Boards

As club members or their guests are likely to see this strange looking contraption in the river from early next season , I would like to explain its design and function in advance to possibly alleviate their natural curiosity.

The boards unusual plastic outriggers are necessary to prevent Otter turnover. Otters are by nature inquisitive creatures and like to investigate anything new in their territory and I have found from past experiments how easily they can turn a board over with obvious disatrous results if left that way.

I have used catamaran style boards in past experiments to prevent that, but their particular design would not be appropriate for this new style of research board ( only its principle ). I am sure the floats will prevent that happening.

The second photograph shows the underside and working part of the board. This is of a fairly delicate nature and consists of both microscope slides and thin wooden slides attached (Hopefully this now will be enough to prevent the desire to turn the board over to have a look ? )

These slides have fairly quick release mechanisms for easy removal during the experiment and consequently could easily detach and be lost by rough unnesessary handling.

Research into Baetis egg development has not ,as far as I am aware, been undertaken before. When the board is placed into the river early next year ,the hope is to attract LDO ( Baetis Rhodani ) egg laying spinners. It will however remain in the river throughout the summer for the possible collection of eggs from other members of the Baetis family.

Its aim is to establish if female spinners can be persuaded to lay eggs directly onto the glass slides for easier study ,to ascertain the durability of both the egg cases and their contents and also to confirm the incubation period of Baetis eggs etc.

As anything moored in a river is likely to catch floating weed or debris , it would be helpful to the project if this could be carefully removed by any member who may happen to wade past it, but hopefully now with this information, resist the temptation to turn the board over !

Rod Crane

Much useful information is being gathered by ongoing fly research .Only recently have I learnt that BWO nymphs prefer a diet of Diatoms over Detritus. Maybe its the silica in the cell walls they enjoy ,who knows ? As Diatoms are present in both Epilithic and Epiphytic algae , some algae in the river does therefore bring its own particular benefits to feeding BWO nymphs.

December 1, 2012 by Filed under: Riverfly Partnership