The sun was shining when I reached the river this morning, but the gusty breeze looked likely to cause some trouble. After quickly losing a couple of flies I decided to shorten down the leader and stick to sheltered places. I eventually found a trout taking something beneath some trees, but the sudden gusts, the low swaying twigs and a half sunken branch in exactly the wrong place made casting tricky. Eventually I got a fly into the right spot and the trout took it confidently. Some acrobatics followed but eventually quite a nice fish made it into the net. After agreeing to have its photo taken it slipped quietly away and was gone. Then the sky darkened rapidly from the west and the wind got a lot stronger. The few dozen swallows hunting over the meadows immediately turned into hundreds, accompanied by House Martins and even a few screaming Swifts; all passing quickly through, apparently trying to stay ahead of the approaching weather. It was quite a spectacle. The torrential rain was soon hammering the water and then came the hail and a strong squally wind.
Suddenly all was all over. The sun reappeared and the wind dropped to nothing. It was perfectly still and quiet. All of the birds had disappeared. A couple more fish connected but came unstuck and a few Swallows reappeared before more heavy rain arrived and I turned for home.
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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