Duffer in Paradise A beautiful sunny day was promised with just the lightest of breeze from the north-west. I made a leisurely start on the Upper Water at 9am, but despite plenty of insect life and quite a few Mayflies, there was not a sign of a rise anywhere for a couple of hours. Canon Greenwell’s old favourite managed to induce a few takes though, bringing a couple of half decent fish to the net. By late morning the Mayfly had built up and there were fish sipping in the struggling insects all over the place. Some nesting Grey Wagtails were making the most of the easy pickings to feed their chicks nearby. Time to tie on something appropriate, and almost immediately my next trout went airborne in a temper and shed the fly. I packed in just after mid-day after several more nice fish had been banked and safely returned – none greater than 12 inches, but all were certainly fit and feisty. Duffer’s fortnight? Probably. But paradise certainly, and a great privilege to be on such a beautiful river.
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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Stress if you are vulnerable/elderly or at risk of intimidation..
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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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