Frome, Piddle and West Dorset Fisheries Association Annual General meeting

You are invited to attend the Frome, Piddle and West Dorset Fisheries Association Annual General meeting. This will be held on Monday 8th April 2012 at 18:00.

The venue will be the River Laboratory
Freshwater Biological Association
East Stoke
Dorset, BH20 6BB

Our guest speaker will be Yorkshire maestro Stuart Crofts, Stuart is a legend as both a flyfisherman and entomologist, this is a must attend evening for any flyfisher person! More on Stuart……

The cost of the evening will be £10.00 per person to include a buffet supper and a glass of wine, further wine may be purchased for a small donation.

If you wish to attend please reply ASAP to
Ruth Evans
Paddock Cottage
83 Blacknoll
Winfrith Newburgh

t: 01305 851776

Cheques should be made payable to The Frome, Piddle and West Dorset Fisheries Association.

February 22, 2013 by Filed under: Admin, FPWDFA 

Putting on the Stile!

A quick test today of the new easy access stile and it proved to be a great success, but please don’t expect the Chairmen to be there to help you over every stile!!. If you are free tomorrow or Saturday, please come and join in the work parties..

Friday 22st February improving access Gasgoyne bridge 9.00am start.
Saturday 23rd February improving access Withy beds 9.00am start.

February 21, 2013 by Filed under: River Work 

Grayling Workshop

A cold damp day didn’t stop a good turn out for the grayling workshop. John Aplin talked everyone through the art of nymph fishing, from using a sight indicator, to using two heavy nymphs Czech style. Along with all the different types of flies expertly tied by Harry Wallace.

Then Trev Stroud and Stuart Brown guided us through the art of trotting and the different styles of floats, reels and rods. They also proved to be a little more effective with their demo and actually caught a grayling during their presentation!!!

We all then headed off to fish, plenty of grayling where caught using both methods and also a rather lively salmon took a small pink nymph!!

Quick (two hours!) lunch at The Wise Man, West Stafford and the afternoon everyone headed over to fish John Aplin’s water (The Dairy House) – what a great day and thanks to the instructors for all their time and expertise..

February 10, 2013 by Filed under: Grayling Fishing 

Grayling fishing workshop

It is on, but with a change of meeting point – Saturday 9th February 2013


  • 9.00am meet at Lubbecke Way, Dorchester (off Kings Road). We will have volunteer instructors from the club who are keen to share their knowledge of winter Grayling fishing with others. We will be covering both nymph fishing and the art of long trotting.
  • Please bring your tackle either trotting (inc bait) and fly.
  • We will break for lunch at the Wise Man in West Stafford around 12.30pm
  • Afternoon, Grayling fishing at leisure both on the club’s Lower water and the Keepers “Home Beat”

If you are attending, please can you inform John Aplin so he can tell the Wise Man on numbers. Email

Following the Nymph Downstream

February 6, 2013 by Filed under: Grayling Fishing 

River Monitoring Scheme

Angus Menzies and I are  the coordinators for the River Monitoring Scheme of the Dorset Wildlife Trust. We are closely associated with a similar scheme run by the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. The scheme is of interest to keen anglers and wildlife enthusiasts alike, who both share a concern for the present and future health of our rivers.

The River Monitoring Scheme is based on the counting at regular intervals of key river insect species and other invertebrate groups as a method of assessing river quality. Many insect and invertebrate species are extremely sensitive to pollution levels and therefore their numbers act as an early warning system of any potential problems.

The methodology used is that of the Riverfly Partnership ( The numbers of 8 different groups of insects and other invertebrates are counted. Monitors are asked to carry out the surveys on a monthly basis between April and September, ideally at the same time each month, (weather and river conditions permitting). Many of our volunteers carry on outside these months, if it is safe to do, and also monitor redds (Brown Trout, and Salmon & Sea Trout spawning sites). Generally speaking these surveys take a minimum time of one hour.

On May 18th of this year we shall run a training day in Dorset both for potential monitors and also  for those who would like a refresher. A similar day is being run at Langford Lakes on the River Wylye north west of Salisbury on 27th April 2013, for those who are unable to make the Dorset date.

It is intended to run a third training day later in the summer. If interested, please contact:

James Parkin or Angus Menzies Dorset Wildlife Trust  01305 217 976 or

With best wishes
James Parkin and Angus Menzies

Annual Meeting

Dorset Wildlife Trust River Monitoring Scheme

13th April 2013, 09.00 –12.30

Brooklands Farm, Forston, Dorchester DT2 7AA

Presentations will include

  • Update on the Dorset River Monitoring Scheme 
  • Monitoring on the River Allen 
  • South West Crayfish Project and Biosecurity
  • Progress on River Restoration in Dorset
  • The importance of the 8 invertebrate groups in River Ecology
  • Riverfly Partnership—New Developments

Contact James Parkin 
Conservation Officer (Land use planning and rivers and wetlands)
Dorset Wildlife Trust
01305 217 976

February 4, 2013 by Filed under: Riverfly Partnership