Today I attended a practical day on the River Frome to help promote the Cinderella Chalk Stream Project, which is a partnership between the Wild Trout Trust, Environment Agency & English Nature. Their aim is to initiate partnership projects to improve the conservation status of the less well know, but equally import chalk rivers, which the River Frome is one. (click here for more details)
I also gave a presentation on our river restoration work, especially the work we completed last year on the Lower Water. The day was very successful, with many good ideas and ended with a practical demonstration of work on the Muckleford Estate water.
During the morning I was given three small flies by an ex member Tony, ones that he had been catching some good grayling & trout on..
With only a few days of the season left and with it being a very pleasant autumn day, it was not long before I was parked at Gascoyne Bridge tackling up for my last trip of the season.. First I tried GRHE and caught several grayling, but there wasn’t enough surface activity so I switched to one of Tony’s flies and immediately I started to catch fish, including two very nice trout of 14 inches. I continued on for another hour enjoying the sun and thinking – not long now until the 1st April 2008!
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.
The Angling Trust's guidance for anglers during this second lockdown. Fish safely, locally and respect the ‘rule of two’ during lockdown Click Here :-- Advice for Individual Anglers
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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