I used the ticket you kindly sent me last Saturday 11th October. I was blessed with one of those brilliant but bittersweet autumn days – warm sunshine, hatching pale wateries, feeding fish but tinged with that sinking feeling that the seasons end was just around the corner.
I arrived at the water at 10:30 and found some hefty browns working the riffles below Whitfield Hatches which had been energised by the early morning warmth. Two fourteen inchers christened my latest small stream toy, a seven foot, 3wt Scott Fibertouch – a Stradivarius in fiberglass!! And so the day progressed, flies hatched, fish rose and I caught more trout including another pair of fourteen inchers on the riffles above the railway bridge at Angry Swan.
An exceptional days sport, but the best was reserved for last. A persistent riser, feeding against the pilings just below the A35 road bridge was tempted into taking, and after a frantic battle, a seventeen inch cock grayling came to hand. The markings on this fish were the most pronounced I had ever seen with dazzling vermiculations on the dorsal and pelvic fins. My cup was overflowing, and I knocked off at 16:30. And which fly did the damage? A GRHE of course!
How was Czech?
With best regards
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.
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