Author: John Grindle

Golden Day Ticket

Still plenty of fishing to be had before the season ends, like these two day ticket holders found out… Hi John Had another great day, lots of fish between us most on nymphs and a few on dries, including the big brown Cam had. Thanks again, Steve and Cam

Strange Mayfly Season

I agree with comments made by others , it has been a strange mayfly season this year , requiring more effort and covering more water to find a hatch and more importantly rising fish . I found this lovely wild one in an out of the way lie , and made the usual hash of …

A Brace of Big Fish

To catch one big fish in the Frome may be considered fortunate, but to catch a brace the same size on the same day borders on the miraculous. The first was in the morning on a carrier, in a difficult place (aren’t they always ?), but I saw it in a shaft of sunlight, nicely …

Mayfly Shenanigans

Had some fun last night with a rather large trout. The fighting and landing spot could have been a tad easier; it behaved well initially and shot straight up into the pool, then behaved very badly and shot back down and under the barbed wire fence. Had to drop the rod and walk (run!) round …

Slow Start

What a slow start to the season we have had with high flows in April and very little activity generally. Thankfully things seem to be waking up a little now with the mayfly making an appearance and river temperatures really rocketing in all this warm, sunny weather we have been enjoying. After arriving at the …

Fishy Art

Just wondering if the members would be interested in knowing that in among the landscape paintings I will have a couple of fishy linocut prints available to buy during Dorset Art Weeks which runs from 26th May – 10th June. They are original, signed, monochrome linocut prints, in an edition of 100, and cost £80 …

Lost Forceps

A Member has lost a pair of Orvis patterned forceps lost at Southover or Affpuddle beats (hardly used!). If found please contact Rob on 07771801194

Glimmer of Hope

Nothing quite like talking about the weather, a slightly damp spring, let’s leave it at that! Yesterday there was a glimmer of hope… In slightly extreme river conditions, despite the height, the water clarity on the Piddle is lovely and, now this is important, the sun was out, there were Grannom and Olives hatching and …

April 1st 2018

April 1st 2018

After some torrential rain a few days ago, the rivers burst their banks and there was little hope of casting a fly on the opening day. But after just 24 hours the smaller streams were running clear and fishable. I opened my season on the River Cerne, saw large dark olives & a few grannom …

New Members day

We had a great morning showing three new members the delights of the DFC waters, starting on the river Cerne, which is a great plan B if the main river is carrying extra water, then heading over to the main Frome. Starting at our upstream limit at Gasgoyne then leap frogging downstream (via the Wolfeton …