I was given the opportunity to fish the Upper water on Saturday 24th., Gusty Southerly wind and quite bright with a bit of a cool edge to the wind.
Put up a dry Adams to start with above the by-pass bridge hoping to see some fish rising – no such luck. (Saw only two fish move all day) Very little fly on show so switched to a Pheasant tail nymph, lightly weighted, and moved on up searching likely looking spots.
By the time I got to the railway bridge with not so much as a sniff I started to worry! After more of the same I got to Fishermans Hut and decided to change fly to a Hare’s ear, bead head – and instant success followed. Lovely 14″ brownie and then two grayling of around 2lbs or so each plus some smaller trout – all returned. Was it the fly? Who knows, but, the results were instant and dramatic.
Interesting to see how the water has changed so much since I last visited – very strong weed growth in evidence right through. Large group of House Martins feeding strongly in the lee of tall trees – lovely to see them back.
Mind the nesting swans near fishermans hut!
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.
The Angling Trust's guidance for anglers during this second lockdown. Fish safely, locally and respect the ‘rule of two’ during lockdown Click Here :-- Advice for Individual Anglers
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.
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