Today I fished under Poundbury. Conditions were absolutely ideal with a light east wind, an overcast sky and plenty of water in the river after the recent rain.
Yesterday I saw no Mayflies down at Bockhampton. Today, on my first sight of the river at the bottom of Poundbury, I saw a large Mayfly emerge from the depths and float majestically downstream. There was no great hatch but the odd Mayfly appeared on the surface every 10 minutes or so. I continued to fish with a small greenwell and by lunchtime I had released quite a few trout including one of over 1lb.
After my sandwich I saw a Mayfly being taken by a trout so I thought that it might be worth trying a Grey Wulff. Although the trout were not rising consistently, casts into likely looking spots where often rewarded with a take. The fish were certainly
keen to sample the Grey Wulff and I soon came to the conclusion that the Mayfly season had started.
I fished until 16.30 and I lost count of the fish that were netted. Although many of them were of no great size, mostly between 7 and 9 inches in length, it was a very absorbing day on the river. No other members were around to enjoy the fun. I was delighted to see a Kingfisher but not so thrilled by the swan that paddled down from time to time. As you can see from the photo, this time I remembered my landing net.
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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