I had my first outing on the river today. I started under Poundbury at 11.00. There were quite a few Grannom around and if you looked at the river for long enough the odd trout was rising.
Before lunch I netted 5, mostly around 8 to 10 inches long but one fish was a good 1 lb. After my sandwich at 13.00 I decided to try my luck above Whitfield Hatches and on the Wrackle.
In the event this proved to be not such a great idea. In two hours of wandering around the river bank I only saw 5 fish break the surface and the majority of those appeared to be quite small. I saw nothing moving in the Wrackle and by 15.00 even the Grannom had disappeared.
The day was one with a bright beginning and a dull end – rather like the weather. Any consistently rising fish rarely refused a size 14 GRHE but I think that the challenge was to find the rising fish rather that to use a particular fly. The river looked in good condition and it was pleasure to walk along John’s well kept paths and enjoy the blossom.
The Club is a private one, founded in 1877, of approximately sixty-four members and six Town Rod subscribers. The Club’s waters consist of about 12 miles of wild brown trout & grayling fishing in the main River Frome, River Cerne and River Piddle, together with attendant carriers and side streams. The waters extend both above and below the town of Dorchester and the Club employs a part-time keeper.
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