Cinderella Chalk Stream Project

Today I attended a practical day on the River Frome to help promote the Cinderella Chalk Stream Project, which is a partnership between the Wild Trout Trust, Environment Agency & English Nature. Their aim is to initiate partnership projects to improve the conservation status of the less well know, but equally import chalk rivers, which the River Frome is one. (click here for more details)

I also gave a presentation on our river restoration work, especially the work we completed last year on the Lower Water. The day was very successful, with many good ideas and ended with a practical demonstration of work on the Muckleford Estate water.

During the morning I was given three small flies by an ex member Tony, ones that he had been catching some good grayling & trout on..

Tony’s Tungsten Bead Nymph

With only a few days of the season left and with it being a very pleasant autumn day, it was not long before I was parked at Gascoyne Bridge tackling up for my last trip of the season.. First I tried GRHE and caught several grayling, but there wasn’t enough surface activity so I switched to one of Tony’s flies and immediately I started to catch fish, including two very nice trout of 14 inches. I continued on for another hour enjoying the sun and thinking – not long now until the 1st April 2008!