I had a great visit to the upper water yesterday afternoon – with a decent hatch of mayfly, though strangely localised, and a heavy fall of spinner from 5.00 pm onwards. A spinner imitation caught this beauty who was feeding greedily. Just time for a quick photo, before she was safely returned to the water – though I forgot to measure it !
Just back from a splendid evenings fishing, plenty of mayfly and rising fish. My guest who I shared a rod with found a rather nice net along the bank under Poundbury, so if you have lost one please get in touch with me 07535 889171.. (owner of net found)
A fat escapee rainbow I caught on Sunday!!!!
The Honorary Secretary has also been out enjoying the mayfly:
I have completely indulged myself this weekend, with some of the best mayfly fishing I can remember. Not spectacular rises with fish all over the place, but lots of wandering and watching has found me some really good fish. These two are probably the best of them, both well over 2lbs and classic Frome fish. However the one I lost in the bushes yesterday morning would have trumped them quite easily.
Fished yesterday (Friday) and was very pleased to see a steady stream of mayfly coming off and more rising fish than I’ve seen in some time; I thought I was in for a bumper day but as it turned out it was one of the most frustrating days I’ve had. Although the occasional dun was being taken, the fish were preoccupied with something very much smaller and for the life of me I couldn’t work out exactly what. Eventually I hooked a fish on a small emerger but lost it shortly afterwards. Dozens of refusals, short takes and a couple more lost fish later and I’d all but given up.
It wasn’t until early evening and further up the beat that I hooked a good fish on the mayfly but after a short fight I lost this one as well! The next fish I hooked did at last make it to the net, a nice 13” fish. My persistence paid off as shortly afterwards I was into a good fish which turned out to be a nice 2 lb’er and to make up for my difficult day there followed an almost identical fish about ten minutes later. I fished into dusk and landed a couple more fish (and lost a couple more) all on the trusty Mohican Mayfly, so all in all not a bad day. Looking forward to more of the same.
I had a couple for hours to spare on a glorious midweek afternoon and heavy rain was on the way, so I telephoned our esteemed river keeper and asked him where I might find good fishing before the weather turned. He suggested a stretch somewhere between Lower Bockhampton and Wrackleford (heh heh) so off I headed equipped with waders and a huge sense of anticipation!
Once in the river and seeing no fish rising I loaded a size 16 flashback nymph and fished a searching pattern that very soon resulted in two very feisty trout. As I always use barbless hooks both were safely released without ever leaving the water. I waded ahead & dropped my nymph in a riffle that resulted in a firm take by a wild brown trout about a pound in weight.
I subsequently hooked two large browns, one escaping at the net as it opened up the hook! As I was replacing my fly I saw a fish rise a short distance ahead, so I tied on a size 14 CDC parachute dry and on my first cast the fly was snaffled by a lovely wild brownie of about 12 ounces.
After 2 hours wading the lovely Frome and having had the privilege of acquainting myself with some beautiful fish I headed home a very happy Dorset fisher!
Busy clearing a fallen tree on the Upper Water this week & giving the bank a quick haircut! John Aplin
This is my first season in the Club, so I have to pull myself away from more familiar waters to get to know the Club beats. April was good, plenty of fish, but very frustrating that all the fish on dry fly turned out to be Grayling! Hoping that early May would be just as good, today I set out again to explore new waters. It was hard work, but I was eventually rewarded with this gorgeous two pound Brown that put up a superb fight. It came on a nymph of course, my own caddis imitation.