I found one trout early on this morning, but although a few more were rising to hatching grannom here and there, not one would accept anything I tried. The wind strengthened as the morning wore on and the gusts became more troublesome, making casting increasingly difficult. One trout under a tree looked like a good fish and was rising regularly, but once again my grannom patterns and every other I tried were refused.
During the winter I tied up a few more old patterns for fun, many of which fell out of favour long ago. One of these was known as the Leckford Professor, (still available from some suppliers) created by Ernie Mott, Head Keeper at the Leckford Fishery on the Test from 1945 to 1969. It’s reversed hackle design supposedly enabled it to be cast under overhanging branches. I tied up a few, not expecting to use them, but since nothing else would tempt this difficult trout I thought I would give it a go. I couldn’t get under the trees in the wind and the fly fell some way off target, but to my surprise the trout came for it and snatched it aggressively. After taking me some way downstream I eventually netted it out – and what a lovely fish it was. After being detained for a brief photo, off it went and I was left staring at the peculiar Leckford Professor, which apparently in its heyday was known affectionately by locals as the ‘Cow’s Arse’.
The simple tie uses two hackles at the bend (white and red) and a body of either rabbit or grey hare’s fur with silver wire or flat gold rib, depending on which reference source you use.
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.
Day Tickets are only available during the trout season and only on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays & Bank Holidays. (season 1st April – 14th October)
The Police have made it quite clear that poaching is a crime in progress covered by the 1968 Theft Act. Members should always call 999 to report it and not phone the keeper. Without a report the police will not be aware of the extent of a problem.
If possible note or photo vehicles.
Stress if you are vulnerable/elderly or at risk of intimidation..
In order to give the call handler an accurate location they recommend putting the “what3words” app on your smartphone. Click here…
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.
Invasive plants and animals can carry diseases that kill fish, block waterways and banks, interfering with fishing. They can be small and hard to spot, so are easily spread on damp clothing and equipment.
Protect the environment and fishing you enjoy, by keeping your kit free of invasive plants and animals.
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