It was the 50th anniversary AGM of the FPWDFA and over the years the Dorchester Fishing Club has worked very closely with them. The Association focuses on the preservation, promotion & development of fishing activities within our area. The Association is recognised by many fishermen, riparian owners, by Natural England and the Environment Agency.
Points from the Chairman’s report (Richard Slocock)
The Association has raised a considerable large sum of money, part of which will go towards the fish pass at Loud’s Mill. This will be a Larinier Fish Pass construction and it will be the first in the country to be installed onto a gauging weir. Once installed fish of all species will be able to reach the upper reaches of the Frome. The work is scheduled for the summer months of this year, so please be aware there may be disturbance on the Lower Water during this time.
The salmon smolt run has been very healthy this year and is thought to be the product of the gravel cleaning that is done each autumn.
The bulk of CEH (Centre for Ecology and Hydrology)will be relocating from their Winfrith Technology site away from the county, but the salmon monitoring dept. will relocate ‘back’ to the laboratory at East Stoke.
The study into how silt effects and enters the River Frome has been funded for a further five years.
Chris Rothwell gave an overview of the current activities of the Salmon & Trout Association.
The AGM finished with a potted history of the Association from Sir Steven Hammick and then John Colton gave an illustrated talk on his watery business Kingcombe Aquacare (our electro fishing contractor, Lower Water Improvement contractor and jolly fine chap).
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Contact the Secretary
East Burton Road
Tel: 01929 462270
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..
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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.
To find out more please visit
the NNSS Website