I thought that you might like to know how I got on with my latest attempt at grayling fishing. I fished the middle stretch above Grey’s Bridge yesterday. It was a very mild day so I did not suffer from numb fingers that can often spoil winter fishing. As I could not think of anything better to use I fished a size 14 Damsel Fly Goldhead nymph. I also used a WF7 line with a high density sinking tip with the objective of getting my nymph to bump along the bottom where the grayling are supposed to lie.
It was not too long before I had my first winter grayling, a fish of about 12 inches but despite its modest size I was delighted to discover that grayling can be caught on something other than bait. As I continued downstream I had about 5 other pulls at my fly and perhaps if I had been more alert I would have landed a few more fish. I saw three salmon breaking the surface and there was the odd fly on the water.
Jim Chalmers Fishing Report
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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