Great start to the season on the River Cerne and the Piddle beats, but the main river is still to wake from its winter snooze. Plenty of hatching grannom and olives bringing the fish to the surface. Shame the weather is about to change for the weekend, hopefully warmer weather isn’t too far away.
This year the river has dropped enough to enable work on the willow’s below Poundbury Fort. With John’s new winch, life is certainly a lot easier pulling huge limbs out of the river, before they are cut up.
Even during lockdown work continues to prep the River ready for the start of the season. Sadly no work parties, they are permitted, but it has been decided to err on the side of caution. John Aplin and his small team have just completed work on the Upper Water, leaving one huge willow to winch …
With current COVID restrictions and the need to control numbers, it was decided not to open this winters work parties to all Members – don’t worry we will be after plenty of volunteers next winter! This Friday, two small COVID compliant teams did sterling work, one on the Stinsford Side Stream and the other on …
Our first and hopefully last online AGM was held last night and 24 Members attended, minutes will be sent out soon by the Honorary Secretary. One initiative the Chairman Bryan Sennett is keen to progress, is to install a few small ladders to allow access to and from a few steep sections. With this in …
John Aplin and his team continue their work, this time on the Southover Beat on the River Piddle. They have also worked on the Upper Water where they found a landing net, if you have lost one, please contact John via his mobile: 07889 680464 or email: email@example.com
It has been decided that work parties are put on hold, especially during the second lockdown. Hopefully in December a few Members will be allowed to help the Keeper, until then he will continue to work using his team of Kevin and Sunni. They have been busy tree clearing and so far they have done …
With the increase of walkers along the river banks, Members should be aware that some of our water is within Open Access Land and the general public have every right to be there. The meadows from Dorchester/Charminster Road up to Cuckoo Pound, are Open Access Land. Above this and to Gascoyne Bridge is private land …
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.
Biosecurity for Anglers
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