The early fog gave way to some pleasant autumn sunshine this morning for my last trout session of the season on the Club water. For a bit of fun I fetched my oldest rod out of retirement and fitted on an even more elderly vintage reel. Not a valuable reel, actually one I bought for ten quid at a market years ago, but vintage because it has helped me catch a lot of good fish on lakes and rivers over the years.
I soon found one trout willing to have a go, but it didn’t need the use of the net and put no strain on the old reel. But a bit further up I flicked my nymph into a promising-looking spot beneath some overhanging branches and had an immediate response from something much heavier. Suddenly a decent trout went airborne and crashed back in a cascade of water. The trout went round and round and after giving me quite a tussle, a beautiful fish in prime condition, eventually came angrily to the net. Incredibly, my next cast, a hundred metres or more further up, brought another quality fish of the same size and weight. A nice brace of fish of a size that once just might have looked good together in a glass case in an angler’s study. I thought they would look better back in the river.
On the way back down I considered buying a glass case anyway. I might just put that old reel in it.
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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