two day ticket guest’s out today. Grannom and olives hatching, but hard going with the cold downstream wind. One did catch a 1lb fish from Whitfield Hatches and he noticed a small tag on it’s gill covering ‘K11’. I checked with Anton Ibbotson (CEH) and this fish was born in 1999 and had been caught …
River look slightly coloured after some overnight rain as I waited for my guest to arrive at Whitfield Hatches. We started at Whitfield Hatches and fished on up, very cold wind and there were no fly hatches. So we switched to a small nymph and enjoyed fishing the riffles.
A young American (David Kuttner) who is studying in Rome came over for a days fishing on the Frome. I met him from the train and took him on a quick tour of Dorchester, but the lure of the river was too great and we were soon tackling up in Loders lay-by. It was still …
Parked up at Gascoyne Bridge and walked down the otter holt corner. The warm weather was quickly gone as the sun disappeared! But the grannom were showing and the trout very interested in my GRHE grannom pattern. Fished back up to Gascoyne Bridge and landed 12 fish, nothing big, just great fun.
River fine, but still a very cold wind and the lack of weed is worrying. Fished up from the by-pass at Whitfield, fishing a small gold head (size 16), landed a 2lb+ grayling in the first pool above the by-pass. Caught another 3 small trout up to Whitfield Hatches. A few fish were then starting …
First day of the season – it was a bright sunny day but with a very cold wind. Started on the River Cerne which looked very low, but a few fish were showing to an odd hatching grannom & olives. Caught four small trout and decided to try the main river. Parked up at Whitfield …
A small working party was formed to tackle the Wolfeton Fishery. We cleared over hanging tress to provide vital light and warmth to help the weed growth. It was another cold and wet day, many thanks to John Aplin, John Streeter, Raymond Galbraith and Jim Chalmers for all their help.
It was the Managing Committee’s annual River walk today and we certainly picked a very wet one. We walked from Lower Bockhampton, stopping at Whitfield Hatches for hot soup provided by Vicky Grindle and continued up to Gascoyne Bridge. The river looked very low and in desperate need of more rain.
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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