Spent the last day of the season on the water today; probably the coldest last day that I can remember with the temperature struggling to a chilly 11 oC and the river a degree lower. Thankfully the northerly wind was quite gentle. After a chat with John Aplin and companion I dropped in below and landed this lovely wild fish of exactly 1 lb, plus two grayling of around 3/4 lb each.
The rest of the day was very quiet with only one other smaller trout and a couple of salmon parr, and a lost grayling. The river looked in great shape with a good flow, a hint of colour and plenty of weed. Because of the conditions very few fish were seen but I did see one stockie which thought about taking a dry before refusing at the last minute. Late afternoon I managed to hook a good grayling of about 1 1/2 lb but unfortunately he came off at the net.
Although I fished the dry fly on a couple of runs, all the fish came to weighted nymphs and I only saw a couple of rises all afternoon. Now looking forward to some good grayling fishing in the winter months.
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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