We started on the River Piddle and the cold wind kept the fish down, but a well placed elk hair caddis brought up a few fish, Glyn managed to winkle a good 14″ fish from amongst the trees.
The increasing wind was making casting difficult and landing the fly in the river impossible, so we decided to head to Whitfield Hatches to find some shelter.
It was certainly a lot warmer here, but with no fly hatching we fished with small nymphs and this brought us instant results with a few good grayling & trout. All was well until 14:00 when everything went dead on the main river. I crossed over to fish the Wrackle and managed a few on a grhe, by now the wind was howling and the threat of rain was imminent, so time to head home and regroup!
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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