As keeper, I have to admit that I am guilty of neglecting the river during the month of January, whilst my family and I jetted off to Australia to visit my Brother and his family. During our visit, I was fortunate enough to spend a little of the time fishing and was lucky enough to catch a sizable Salmon Trout, together with a handful of somewhat smaller fish !
On our return, it was apparent by the amount of water flowing through the Frome Valley that January had been a particularly wet month for everyone. Firstly, I ventured to our lower water to check the work carried out at the end of last year. I was somewhat relieved to find the riffles in fine order, the willow flow defectors standing strong and our neighbours revetment holding its own ! The only bad news is that the force of water had blown the hatch at Whitfield out of operation, rendering our hatchery box with the lowest survival rate yet.
Work Party – Saturday 10th March – 9am – Tree clearing on the Stinsford
Work Party – Saturday 12th May – 9am – Flow deflectors at Whitfield
Social – Friday 13th July – 6pm – River picnic with The Frome, Piddle and West Dorset Fisheries Association
Social – Date to be arranged subject to tides – Early morning fly fishing for bass !
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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