Have managed to get a few sessions in since opening day including one on the Piddle where despite low levels and bright sunshine had around a dozen fish on the dry, all small fish with a couple around 10oz. Had very good sport at the end of April on the hawthorn including two nice grayling but only in a very localised area. Fished the lower water the second week in May where a steady hatch of mayfly started mid afternoon and managed to land several fish including one of 2lbs.
My last session yesterday (Friday) was hampered by very blustery down-stream winds but still managed to pick up a good number of fish on the mayfly, although there was not as good a hatch as the week before. I had two very nice fish yesterday, both just under 18” long; one at 2lb 4oz and the other 2lb 5oz. The smaller one especially gave a tremendous fight by leaping high in to the air over and over like a sea trout. Both fish were returned.
Hope to have another session next week, preferably without the strong winds!
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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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.
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