Another wet mayfly annual leave as I drove to take a photograph of the swollen and coloured river. But when I arrived the river had dropped and although still very coloured you could see the gravels in 3 foot of water – fishing is on.. I dashed home to collect my tackle!!
I disappeared up onto the Cerne and this was even clearer than the main river and mayfly where already hatching… Fishing was slow to start but as the morning crept into the afternoon I was starting to catch some nice fish.
When I reached the parking spot, I bumped into Rod who was having a great mayfly season, he started using a mayfly pattern on the 7th May!
I left him to the rest of the Cerne and made my way to the Upper Water. The water here was more coloured, but this didn’t stop the fish hungrily take my artificial.
In the evening I met up with John & Elliot for a spot of weed cutting below Whitfield Hatches. During which we noticed that the river was rising and colouring up, by the time we left at 19:30 it was still rising – so not good news for tomorrow!
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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