Got down to Whitfield Hatches at around 7:30, still early and the only thing that was moving were few minnows rising.
The river looks really good and the weed growth is certainly keeping the water levels up. Shame about the amount of Himalayan Balsam, we were hoping to get a grant from the EA to rip it up, but it never materialised.
Up on the long pool and a few fish starting to show, Brian came along hoping to fish the pool, so he headed upstream of the hatches.
The fish in the pool went down, so I move up and found a cloud of BWO’s just above the fast water and a few fishing feeding on the spent spinners. I caught four fish, two of 10-12 inches and lost another from one tiny little pool.
Time now 8:50 and I walked down to the railway bridge to fish back up, fish moving well now and I caught a wonder 12+ wild trout. My next cast was taken by a much larger fish and one that almost took me to Poole Harbour before it came off – humph
Carried on up catching some nice fish and even a couple of minnows! Back to the long pool and a nice brown and two small fish just as Brian remerged from the gloom.
Next stop the Ponds & Lakes Society picnic on Thursday.
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.
If possible note or photo vehicles.
Stress if you are vulnerable/elderly or at risk of intimidation..
In order to give the call handler an accurate location they recommend putting the “what3words” app on your smartphone. Click here…
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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