You were right, the river was in good condition at the weekend, relatively clear and not too high. The temperature was up to 7oC, so my warmest outing of the grayling season. The question was, would I be able to hook up with the lady of the stream on Valentine’s Day, and would sweet corn fly Mark 2 be the one to tempt her?
Sadly the new improved, skinny sweet corn fly did not provoke any interest this time out. More appropriately for 14th February, it was pink that they wanted. My first fish of 2010 was a small grayling of about 9” soon followed by several others, the best of which fought hard in the current and measured 16”. So it was a most enjoyable trip to end my season, and for once my extremities were not at risk.
Best of all, I see there is one bunch of daffodils flowering on the verge in Martinstown, the new season cannot be far away!
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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