Author: John Grindle

River Work and Found Net

John Aplin and his team continue their work, this time on the Southover Beat on the River Piddle. They have also worked on the Upper Water where they found a landing net, if you have lost one, please contact John via his mobile: 07889 680464 or email: john@riverworks.co.uk

COVID and River Work

It has been decided that work parties are put on hold, especially during the second lockdown. Hopefully in December a few Members will be allowed to help the Keeper, until then he will continue to work using his team of Kevin and Sunni. They have been busy tree clearing and so far they have done …

Open Access Land

With the increase of walkers along the river banks, Members should be aware that some of our water is within Open Access Land and the general public have every right to be there. The meadows from Dorchester/Charminster Road up to Cuckoo Pound, are Open Access Land. Above this and to Gascoyne Bridge is private land …

Poaching

Following reports of poaching on the Club waters, the Chairman, together with John Aplin and two members met with representatives from Dorset police at Whitfield hatches on Sat.25th to discuss the problem. The police were extremely helpful and made it quite clear that poaching is a crime in progress covered by the 1968 Theft Act. …

Plight of the Chalkstreams

Nick Maskrey asks that members lobby their MP’s to join the new parliamentary committee and to finally do something about the pollution that pours into our rivers. “I have today sent this message to my MP – it would be a good idea if other members did the same…’As a fly fisherman for more than …

Autumn 2020

Now that the summer heat has past, it was time to fish the Upper Water. The river has been refreshed from the previous weeks flash floods, these have cleansed the gravels, ready for the winter spawning trout and salmon. It was good to see a few rises at the tail of the first run and …

Wasp Nests **Updated**

There is a wasp nest under Poundbury just upstream of Kelly’s bridge, true left bank – SY 68273 91288 and also on the upper water at – SY 67350 91990 again true left, just where you slide in…. **UPDATE** 3rd August – two more nests above 10-hatches **UPDATE** 14th August – two more on the …

Sedge Fishing

Reports of excellent evening sedge hatches at the moment, bringing the fish to the surface. Charles Jardine and his son Alex had a cracking evenings fishing and experienced one of the recent gorgeous sunsets. Charles said “The Frome this evening…near indescribably beautiful…. and the reason why I fish and haunted by the places I wander …

Weeding Cutting and Day Tickets

A small band of Members braced the wet conditions and helped River Keeper John Aplin with a weed cut on the Affpuddle beat. The beat is now looking in tip-top condition ready for the BWO evening rises. Unfortunately this beat is not available on a Day Ticket, but it is now possible to purchase Day …

A few willing trout on a wild morning

It was a grey start to a short session this morning with a brisk wind and some wild gusts. Casting was going to be tricky. A few mayflies were drifting down; Green Drakes struggling to stay upright in the wind and being driven into the banks, but not being molested by any trout. After a …