Committee Member Robin Ayles had a surprise when he borrowed River Keeper John Aplin’s pike fly gear for a couple of casts, a monster 15b pike took the fly! After an epic battle it was successfully landed and I don’t blame Robin for not holding the toothy critter!!!
The club has available 45 day tickets each season for non-members to enjoy the Club’s waters – £50 per day or 3 days for £100. The day tickets are only available during the trout season (1st April to 14th October) on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays & Bank Holidays. (Between 16th May & 15th June the waters are reserved exclusively for members and their guests)
There is a new grayling catch return form that you should complete at the end of the grayling season, please also include your guests catches.
Members & Guests Grayling Season Catch Returns: Click Here
The work continues to improve access and removal of this years tree growth. Plus the River Keeper John Aplin landed a superb 12b pike, which he caught on the fly from the Club’s water.
Here is the old stile, which was getting increasingly difficult to climb over.
A mornings work later and we now have a new stile (just to the right of the old one).
Plus a new stile to access the water above Loud’s Mill…
Early the next day our own Paul Mildren and visiting grayling expert George Ashton are first to use the new stile..
John’s fly caught pike…
Today three of us tidied the River Piddle fishery.. A work party will be arranged in the New Year to repair a bridge and build more stiles!
A short time lapse of clearing one of the many pools on the River Piddle.
Despite becoming a member back in 2014, it was not until last week that I was first able to fish any of the club waters for the first time. Living nearly 250 miles away in Cheshire does not really help but, as an introduction to the fantastic fishing the club has to offer, I could not have wished for a better couple of days long trotting on the Lower Water last Thursday and Friday.
The conditions weren’t helpful when I arrived rather later than I expected, being wet on Thursday (and wet and windy on Friday) but I met two members on my way upstream and chatting to them about the fishing and learning that the grayling seemed to be in a receptive frame of mind soon dispelled any misgivings I may have had. I had walked the bank, spotting fish, in mid-October and despite the river now carrying more water, this served me well especially as I only had two hours fishing before it got dark !
After losing a big grayling, I soon had two fish each over two pounds. I then moved and had two more fish again over two pounds with the bigger of the two weighing 2lb 10oz (equalling my previous biggest ever fish). The following day, the wind made fishing quite difficult, and although I started at 8:30am, by 2:15pm I hadn’t contacted a single grayling. Then just as happened the day before, I lost a big fish but soon after landed another over 2lb. I moved and had a nice fish of 2lb 8oz. John Aplin told me he would try to come down to meet me for a chat and just before he arrived I hooked and lost a truly huge brown trout at the net. I would estimate it was nearer 4lb than 3lb. I couldn’t easily net it due to its size and it levered off the net frame and shot off directly across the river breaking my line near the hook.
After taking a grayling of around a pound (which rather broke my run !) it was too dark to carry on and I had a long, tiring but very happy drive back up to Cheshire. It occurred to me on the journey home that over two days I caught six consecutive grayling over 2lbs…unprecedented fishing for me and unlikely to be bettered without a considerable slice of good fortune.
Needless to say I can’t wait to come back down again…and hopefully before Christmas !
A member has found a pair of Costa Sunglasses June/July time around the Whitfield hatch area. If these are yours please email John@grhe.co.uk and I will return them 🙂
Friday 30th October 9.00am Whitfield Hatches building “Flow Deflectors”
Saturday 5th December 9.00am Poundbury “tree trimming”
The weather was quite pleasant for my last couple of hours of the season today. No wind, mild, a bit of sunshine, and some nice autumn colours. Four grayling from a single shoal were keen to take my little dry fly – the best making just over two pounds. A bit further up I noticed that a hatch of pale wateries was underway in a patch of sunlight, and what looked like a decent trout close under the bank was quietly making the most of them. My Tup’s Indispensable was grabbed without hesitation. It fastened, and on the end was a lovely fish to end the season with.
Here are a few photographs from yesterdays electric fishing the Lower Water to assess the fish population.
Casterbridge Fisheries Ltd. fished 100m in an upstream direction and retained every fish they caught (apart from minor species) they then measured and recorded species including all juveniles, returning them before fishing the next stretch. The results will build up a picture of the whole population including recruitment, which is very important.
Full results will be published to Members in due course, but visual results are more than encouraging – one 100m had to be shortened because of the amount of fish!!! (best brown was 50cm/20in!!!
A gusty wind, a dismal grey sky, and a soft drizzle greeted me as I arrived for a short session on the Lower Water this morning. With no fly visible and no rising fish, a nymph seemed the best choice. For an hour or more nothing could be found and tangles became a nuisance in the constant gusts.
A swan followed me a long way upstream, continually doing its best to get in the way. But at a bend, a nice run of deeper water looked hopeful, and also offered some shelter from the wind. The little nymph very soon found a nice big grayling tight in under some reeds, and although I was after trout, this was still a decent fish. But it objected to being photographed, and with a thrash, slipped out of my grasp and back into the river, disappearing with a swirl.
Two more grayling quickly followed from almost the same spot, and on the way down a couple of modest trout on some gravelly shallows liked the look of a small dry fly drifting over their heads. By then my time was up and I turned for home, typically just as the sky began to brighten from the west.