Due to a torn knee cartilage I haven’t fished since April, but today the lure of the hatching mayfly was too much…
I knew I wouldn’t be able to venture far with this dodgy knee, so I selected a spot that had easy access. I was greeted by a wonderful sight of flowering ranunculus and a few rising fish.
With such amazing weed growth I needed a fly that would stay afloat down the narrow runs and one I could bounce off the bank into the tight holes. I selected an old favourite, French Partridge, with a nice genetic hackle along the body to make sure it floated like a cork.
This was soon taken by a willing trout, only about 8 inches long, but a perfect Frome wild brown trout. I fished all along this stretch picking trout out from tiny pockets and impossible runs, my best landed was a stunning 15inch brown and of course I lost a monster – don’t we all?
I drove up to the Upper Water and found Adrian on Withy Bed corner trying to tempt one of the many rising fish – mayfly season is truly in full swing….
Don’t forget the spinner fall in the evening, this is when the big fish come out to feed!
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.
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