Doug is a Member of the Club and fishes the waters as much as he can, but working & living in Prague means these aren’t as many as he likes. But once a year he has a weeks fishing holiday and usually brings over a fishing friend(s) from Southern Bohemia (some amazing fishing there as well!) to sample the English rivers and coast line. Here is his short summary of this years trip.
I had the first week of July booked as fishing holiday, hoping when I planned it in May that it wouldn’t turn out too hot and sunny or the river too low.
It started well, and on 30 June the Frome was in excellent shape with my guest making full use of his day ticket and catching some fine trout.
As we drove back to Dorset in the rain, every river we crossed was running red (Devon) or brown (Dorset) and I’d never seen the Hive Beach Cafe so empty as we made our regular coffee stop. As you know, the Frome was well out of sorts, but fortunately the sea was able to provide good sport with mullet and bass to the fly and mackerel to the barbecue, so all was not lost. By the end of the week the Frome was fishable, and a trip (in the rain) on Friday produced a dozen fish, with the river rising all the while and by Saturday the Frome was all over the bank and the fishing week was all over too…
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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Stress if you are vulnerable/elderly or at risk of intimidation..
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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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