Fished yesterday (Friday) and was very pleased to see a steady stream of mayfly coming off and more rising fish than I’ve seen in some time; I thought I was in for a bumper day but as it turned out it was one of the most frustrating days I’ve had. Although the occasional dun was being taken, the fish were preoccupied with something very much smaller and for the life of me I couldn’t work out exactly what. Eventually I hooked a fish on a small emerger but lost it shortly afterwards. Dozens of refusals, short takes and a couple more lost fish later and I’d all but given up.
It wasn’t until early evening and further up the beat that I hooked a good fish on the mayfly but after a short fight I lost this one as well! The next fish I hooked did at last make it to the net, a nice 13” fish. My persistence paid off as shortly afterwards I was into a good fish which turned out to be a nice 2 lb’er and to make up for my difficult day there followed an almost identical fish about ten minutes later. I fished into dusk and landed a couple more fish (and lost a couple more) all on the trusty Mohican Mayfly, so all in all not a bad day. Looking forward to more of the same.
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.
The Angling Trust's guidance for anglers during this second lockdown. Fish safely, locally and respect the ‘rule of two’ during lockdown Click Here :-- Advice for Individual Anglers
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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Stress if you are vulnerable/elderly or at risk of intimidation..
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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.
Invasive plants and animals can carry diseases that kill fish, block waterways and banks, interfering with fishing. They can be small and hard to spot, so are easily spread on damp clothing and equipment.
Protect the environment and fishing you enjoy, by keeping your kit free of invasive plants and animals.
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