Woke to a overcast, misty & windy day, thankfully by 10am the sun was out and it turned into a wonderful warm spring day, unfortunately it was still very windy.
Started off on the River Cerne and caught this wonderful trout from the second pool that I fished and then slightly large fish from between a weed bed on a nice run. The odd grannom was now hatching and both fish were caught on my new grannom pattern.
Had my traditional opening day chat with John Aplin, during which the wind increased and it felt quite cold, time to find shelter on the main river. I fished on at Whitfield Hatches and caught another three trout and four grayling, all rising fish fish to the hatching grannom – a great April 1st fishing trip.. Was there anyone else out?
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.
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