I fished the lower stretch on Friday evening from 2000 to 2200. For the first time ever on the Frome I had a go at nymph fishing. I used a size 18 gold head pheasant tail nymph. My expectation was that I might catch some grayling and indeed it was a grayling that first had a pull at my fly.
Encouraged, I continued to fish by casting up into likely looking spots.
Suddenly I was aware of a bow wave from a trout swimming downstream towards me and then too late I realised that it had taken my nymph and I had missed it. The next encounter was with a couple of rising trout only a few metres apart, both had a grab at my fly and both were missed. Again I saw that characteristic bow wave as the fish made a dash for my fly.
I had originally planned to switch to the dry fly once the evening rise started but I was so fascinated by this new experience that I persevered with the nymph. In the course of the evening I had lots of takes and eventually I did land a very nice 12 inch trout. Quite a few fish escaped after a short tussle and I am not sure whether I had a problem with my timing or because the fish may be approaching a small hook from an oblique angle and a large number of misses are inevitable.
In any case, it was very enjoyable and one surprise was that almost all the fish that I turned over were trout.
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.
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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