Frome update

As keeper, I have to admit that I am guilty of neglecting the river during the month of January, whilst my family and I jetted off to Australia to visit my Brother and his family. During our visit, I was fortunate enough to spend a little of the time fishing and was lucky enough to catch a sizable Salmon Trout, together with a handful of somewhat smaller fish !

Down Under

On our return, it was apparent by the amount of water flowing through the Frome Valley that January had been a particularly wet month for everyone. Firstly, I ventured to our lower water to check the work carried out at the end of last year. I was somewhat relieved to find the riffles in fine order, the willow flow defectors standing strong and our neighbours revetment holding its own ! The only bad news is that the force of water had blown the hatch at Whitfield out of operation, rendering our hatchery box with the lowest survival rate yet.

Some of the colour has now dropped out of a still very high River Frome, leaving it still turbulent and making fishing tricky to say the least. These levels are very promising for the coming season and if the growth of ranunculas is on-par with last year, we could have a fabulous season ahead of us all. Much of the pre-season tidying is more than well underway and I must say that the River Cerne looks particularly tempting, if only there could be a chance of a Grayling or two !

Gascoyne Bridge – Snowdrops

We have some dates for your dairies

Work Party – Saturday 10th March – 9am – Tree clearing on the Stinsford

Work Party – Saturday 12th May – 9am – Flow deflectors at Whitfield

Social – Friday 13th July – 6pm – River picnic with The Frome, Piddle and West Dorset Fisheries Association

Social – Date to be arranged subject to tides – Early morning fly fishing for bass !