Today I had a session on the lower stretch.
I arrived at Bockhampton at about 11:15 to find a great grannom hatch in full progress. Quite a few grayling were on the move but not many trout were rising. I made my way up the river to as far as the footbridge downstream of Louds Mill.
Along the route I lost a couple of fish but nothing of any size came to my fly. After lunch, hawthorn fly started to appear in some numbers but this only tempted the odd fish to show itself on the surface. I eventually caught a trout of about 10 inches below Deadman’s Pool.
I left the water at about 1600. Some fish were still rising rather intermittently but the strengthening SW wind was making casting too much like hard work. I saw no other members which rather surprised me given that it was a Sunday and the weather in the morning was fairly good.
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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