This morning’s rain, the overcast sky and light winds promised ideal fishing conditions and I was not disappointed.
I started after lunch and soon hooked the first trout on a weighted nymph. Although very few fish were rising the conditions were ideal for nymph fishing and in the course of the afternoon I netted eight trout, three of which were over 1lb. The largest was a fine fish of 1 3/4 lbs. I turned numerous others who slipped the hook after a brief tug or sometimes a bit of a tussle before they went on their way.
Fishing is a funny business. A week ago I fished with the same nymph and hooked two grayling. One was a real beauty but it slipped off as I struggled to bring it in near enough to reach with my net across the bank side vegetation. Today, I really expected to catch some grayling but instead I had a wonderful afternoon of trout fishing.
One thing that did concern me was the sight of a cormorant working the river. I also saw another or perhaps the same cormorant last week at almost the same place. One of the trout that I caught was a wonderfully spotted cock fish of about 1 1/2 lbs that had a old wound on it’s side that had all the hallmarks of a cormorant bite.
I hope that Nick A reads this because the nymph that I was using was the same pattern as the one he kindly gave me when I met him on the river a few weeks ago. Nick you were absolutely right. It is a great nymph for the Frome.
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.
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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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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.
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