I wasn’t expecting much from my morning session today. With the river low and clear I thought the trout would be difficult and easily spooked, and they certainly were. Although they were easy to spot all I managed to do in the first hour was send every fish bolting into cover. I found some otter spraints on a rock, and the banks were alive with seemingly thousands of damselflies which defied almost every attempt to photograph them.
Then I spotted a fish that seemed preoccupied, and appeared to be chasing nymphs. Up went a little Baetis nymph to test it, and a beautiful brownie had it and stayed on. A quick photo and away it went. Within the next hour five more followed, although all were smaller, and all took the same nymph – quite a nice tally for me on a hot July morning.
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.
If you see any fishing, netting or trapping you think is illegal, please don’t tackle it yourself.
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Angling’s representative body, the Angling Trust, has a web site for anglers to record sightings of cormorants, goosanders and mergansers throughout the UK: www.cormorantwatch.com The site is easy to use and will gather vital data to help persuade government of the need for action to protect fisheries.