With the departure of the very strong SW winds of recent days I thought that it was time for a day on the river. I started fishing on the lower water. There was a sparse Mayfly hatch and the stock fish provided some good sport.
A good few were rising but sometimes one would appear from nowhere to grab the fly so a bit of speculative casting into likely spots was worth a try. The stock fish are in good condition and a credit to Hooke Springs Trout Farm.
There was never a dull moment and for every fish that came to the net many others were missed or shook themselves free. I saw four other members enjoying the Mayfly season.
After lunch I decided to try some more challenging fishing on the unstocked middle water. Well that proved to be quite a challenge. I cannot remember seeing the middle water so full of weed in May.
The ranunculus growth was so heavy that there were not many clear spots to fish and the river looked more like it does at the end of June. The undisturbed state of the bankside vegitation suggested that very few members had ventured along this part of the river.
There was an occasional rise, mostly from small fish, but my visit was rewarded by a lovely trout of about 2 lbs and this was the only fish that I caught.
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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