Sadly today we said goodbye to Joe, who died on the 15th September. He was a Member of the Club since 1988 and in 2010 he was made an Honorary Member for his long service with the Club
For those who didn’t know Joe, he was the guy that travelled around the river on a moped with his rod strapped to the back! In 2003 he also designed our brilliant logo of a brown trout leaping through a crown of water (reference to the Dutchy Water).
Away from fishing he was an engineer, photographer, artist, gardener, Husband, Dad & Grandfather. I for one will miss Joe’s dry sense of humour and his wish for ever bigger fish!!
We are pleased to say that the Club has received some funding for a project on the “Upper Water” from Gasgoyne bridge downstream to the Cuckoo pound fence, this project is to include some crown raising and tree clearing to reduce some of the shading, installation of several “LWD” flow deflectors and some hinging of trees into the channel as cover and fry refuge, and the renewal of the fence.
This great project is subject to lots of match funding in terms of volunteer time from club members, I also hope to have some volunteers from the DWT and Kingston Mauward College.
This is a partnership project between the Environment Agency, Wessex Water, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Dorchester Fishing Club and Casterbridge Fisheries.
Anyone who fancies getting hands on for a day or two can meet us at Gasgoyne Bridge, Monday the 10th October at 9.00am, please bring waders, gloves and some good weather..