Big Grayling

There was a call out from Stuart Brown to John Aplin to nip up the Lower Water to take a photo of this fine 3lb 3oz grayling – good angling Stuart & great photo John!


December 18, 2014 by Filed under: Grayling Fishing 

AGM. 2014

What a great night on Wednesday and huge thanks to Bryan Sennet (Chairman), Richard Miller (Honorary Secretary) and Jim Chalmers (Honorary Treasurer) for all their work over the year, keeping the Club moving forward and letting the rest of us to just go fishing!! You will be receiving the December Newsletter etc. shortly.

After the AGM we were given a talk by Jonathan Bailey Chief Executive of the Westcountry River Trust on the Trusts work and future plans. (It was they that last year funded all the new stiles across the fishery) His topics ranged from their current Catchment Management Project(s) and hot off the press their Catchment Fisheries Plans. It is good to hear that they are working closely with the EA, Wildlife Trusts and especially the Angling Trust, to deliver their plans.The hottest topic was the recruitment of young anglers into flyfishing, I have an idea this will continue for sometime!!!

Huge thanks for Jonathan for his talk on the Trusts work and we hope to work with you & the Trust in the very near future 🙂

Jonathan Bailey, Trust CEO. Westcountry Rivers Trust
(Richard Miller, Jonathan Bailey, Bryan Sennett, Jim Chalmers)

**Waiting List** If you are in the top 30 and you haven’t heard from me this Autumn please email me on ASAP, because we have a few vacancies to fill..




December 12, 2014 by Filed under: Admin, Westcountry Rivers Trust 


The egg hatchery has been installed and lots of work clearing willows on the Stinsford Side Stream over the past week. Many thanks to all those who turned out and as you will see in all weathers!!

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December 7, 2014 by Filed under: River Work 

Grayling Social

It was a really dark dank day but there was a great turnout for the grayling social and luckily the river was in perfect conditions. After a quick chat and an agreed lunchtime rendezvous, we all headed off to fish for the lady of the stream.

The nymph fisherman found the grayling very uncooperative, but we managed to winkle a few out. It was the trotting fisherman that had the most sport and one Member landing a magical 3lb+ fish!

After a great lunch in the Sun Inn, some headed home, but others continued to enjoy the now bright and mild autumn day.








November 23, 2014 by Filed under: Grayling Fishing 

Autumn Work Party

There were nine of us out, and aside from a rather heavy but brief deluge ( brought on by John A’s comment of “how lucky have we been with the weather…” ), we had a really pleasant morning. Lots of clearance on the side streams up above Blue Bridge, more below as well, and then a real sterling effort to clear a pool at the top of the water above Greys Bridge.







November 9, 2014 by Filed under: River Work 

Dorset Wild Rivers

Just had to post and tell you all about the great work that the Dorset Wildlife Trust and Wessex Water are doing on the River Frome – this short video clip explains all, you might recognise a few others in the clip as well!!

October 28, 2014 by Filed under: River Work 

Grayling Social

There is another Grayling Social planned for Saturday 22nd November – meet 9:00am at Lubecke Way, Dorchester.  We will have a few connoisseurs on fly fishing & long trotting for grayling, so come along and pick their brains and have a go – grayling fishing during the winter months is a great way to extend your fishing season.
So we have an idea of numbers, please email or phone John Aplin if you intend to come along t:07889 680464 e:

Grayling River Frome

October 21, 2014 by Filed under: Grayling Fishing 

Winter Work Party

We have two days of work parties, please come along and help if you possibly can..

  • Saturday 8th November 9:00am Blue Bridge work party, tree trimming, meet in the Sun Inn car park.
  • Saturday 6th December 9:00am Lower Stinsford work party, tree clearing (all hands for this one), meet at Long Bridge


October 7, 2014 by Filed under: River Work 

Wasp Nest Warning

I would just like to make members aware of three slightly angry Wasp nests –

  • Next to the large seat with the DFC sign on it between the bypass parking and Whitfield hatches
  • River side of the first stile upstream of Giffords pool
  • True left bank half way between the bridges downstream of Loaders bridge

Thank you
John E Aplin


September 13, 2014 by Filed under: Admin 

River Cerne

In past years with low summer levels our smaller beats are usually left in peace after the Mayfly period, but after two extremely wet winters, slightly higher ground water levels (and a Chairman with masses of enthusiasm) the River Keeper John Aplin spent a good day prolonging the fishing season on the river Cerne.

So please make use of their hard work and pay the River Cerne a visit this summer….





July 16, 2014 by Filed under: River Cerne 

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