I see the Frome is out of bounds until the preventive measures can be relaxed. In Czech we are lucky that fishing, hunting and beekeeping are all considered sufficiently agricultural to remain permitted activities for the time being (with compulsory mask), so I was able to get out on our opening day, April 16th. I did see some other members of our fishing gang on the riverbank, otherwise it was very quiet apart from the birds signing in the trees.
With bright sunshine and low water I didn’t manage to hook anything on the dry fly, missing several takes, but did land half a dozen small trout and a grayling to the nymph. So for some of us the joys of spring are still open. In some ways I am glad not to be holed up in Dorset, it would very frustrating to be able to walk along the riverbank but not cast a fly.
Still, you will enjoy it all the more when the time comes, and like you, I have had plenty of time for fly-tying now I am ‘working’ from home.
All the best, hope everyone stays well and there will be tight lines for you all soon!
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.
Contact the Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60
For more details
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.