Since my involuntary, grayling-scaring Boxing Day dip in the Frome, brother Doug has been economical with his guest invitations. On Monday however, he invited me to share his rod for a two hour stint on the Lower Water. I soon discovered the reason for his keenness, in tough clear, low water conditions, he needed a spotter. The deal; I’m long-sighted and spot the fish, he’s short-sighted and sorts the tackle.
I was able to creep up behind the vegetation and despite the grey day, with the help of Polaroids, spot the odd trout, direct his cast and even call ‘Strike’ as the fish inhaled the nymph. A size 14, goldhead PTN with a bit of hare in the thorax was the fly of the day. Three trout fell pretty swiftly – all stock fish in the 14 inch bracket. Teamwork was definitely the key.
Eventually I got my turn which coincided with a slight rise in temperature. Trout and grayling began rising freely to a hatch of pale watery olives, so on went a Klinkhamer. I put it in the right spot and, fish on! A fish of nearly two pounds, the best fish of the day, was soon approaching the net and, fish off! I had made an amateur mistake – never trust your brother to tie on your fly…
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..
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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