Given the ideal weather conditions I thought that it was about time I brushed the cobwebs off my rod and got out on the river. I fished the lower water in the morning and the upper water in the afternoon.
The river looked in great condition. I have never seen it so full in September. John Aplin has done a great job on the banks and it was a pleasure to stroll along the riverside paths. Despite what seemed like good conditions with a light easterly wind for easy casting, I did not find the fish to be in a very cooperative mood. During six hours on the river I only saw three fish rise and none were interested in my dry fly.
I did try fishing a goldhead pheasant tail nymph on the lower water hoping that I might interest the odd grayling as well as the trout but all to no avail. There have been no recent fishing reports from other members on the blog and I assume that not many have been out fishing or that they have had little success.
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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