I spent a couple of hours on the Bockhampton stretch this morning. The river was very slightly coloured after the overnight rain but very fishable. There was not so much action until about 11.30 when a hatch of small upwinged flies started. This encouraged trout to the surface in one or two isolated spots. I landed three fish between 8 and 11 inches.
There was no need for the bucket this time as the fish could be stranded on the top of a ranunculus bed and unhooked before being slid back into the river. I met two other anglers taking the opportunity to fish on a day ticket before the start of the members only mayfly season.
I did not see any mayflies but one of the visitors said that he had seen one taken by a trout. It should not be long before they are hatching in numbers but the exact timing is always impossible to predict. Will they be late because of the cold spring or early because of the recent hot spell? I hope that the fishing in Poland went well.
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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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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