It was great to be away fishing for only the second visit this season.
I decided to fish the Cerne as I love small streams – only it was a bit smaller than last year! thanks to the prolonged spring ‘drought’.
No great fly hatch of any kind but I winkled out a few little wildies, and to my astonishment in the ‘thin’ water got two beauties of 13.5″ on a Mayfly (all returned of course).
In anticipation of some hatching Mayflies in the afternoon I moved on to one of the clubs carriers and worked my way through very varied water ‘searching’ as very few M/F’s were hatching but I felt sure the fish would have switched on to them by now. I picked up a few with one corker from a nice deep run in the shade of 15.5″ and very fat with it. A great start to my annual fishing break from looking after all the members and the Wylye.
Decided not to fish in the popular areas as I felt like a serious bit of solitary fishing and found an area of varied water all to myself.
As much of the open water was almost fully weeded I went for the jungle and tiny carriers and picked up quite a few surprisingly sizeable wild Trout.
Some of these were in excess of 13″ with the best going a cracking 16″ (about 1.75lb).
This was physically hard going, ducking, crawling, creeping & kneeling but well worth the effort.
Again a very light and spasmodic Mayfly hatch, but fish still on the look out.
Started too early as usual, now turning very warm and the river at Poundbury was very full thanks to the profuse weed growth mentioned in earlier ‘blogs’.
However no fly and nothing willing to leap onto my Mayfly from the narrow runs and small pockets – usually great fun when fish are ‘on’.
Managed one of the chunky stock fish and a couple of small wild fish and stopped for lunch after a failing to rise any of the previously enthusiastically moving fish on ‘time wasters corner’ at Withy Bed !
A change of venue to one of the other carriers after lunch proved what I thought was a waste of time as this was so full of flowering weed and now with a powerful breeze that dropping the large fly into the very tiny target areas was impossible.
About to call it day and very satisfied already with my previous fishing something drew me down river where I discovered a curiously weed free stretch, lo and behold a good sprinkling of Mayfly suddenly brought into view a very sizeable fish, feeding very hard on the duns and ascending nymphs and moving over quite a distance.
Spooking him was very likely in the shallow water without any cover on the bank but I was having a lucky spell, the fly was taken as in a dream, a strong fight but very little line given due to snags resulted in my best wild fish from the Frome for some years at 18″ and 2lb 10oz, I was in heaven.
Replete, I was heading towards home slowly and yet two more fish behaving in a similar way halted me in my tracks, not so big of course (13 / 13.5″) but both took with enthusiasm.
This was meant to be the finish but tracking down Rod elsewhere on the fishery for a chat, led by chance to two more nice wild fish up to 14.5″ in the what was now at least a half decent Mayfly hatch.
A really great 3 days – now back to ‘my river’ to see if our Mayfly period can produce such fish for our members.
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.
To find out more please visit
the NNSS Website