It was a very overcast evening with the threat of rain all night, but fortunately for me, but unfortunately for the river it never quite started.
With the summer growth of the bankside vegetation it is now impossible to fish from the bank, so I slipped into edge of the river in my old trusty thigh waders, that must be 20 years old now! I moved very slowly upstream and fish were rising as far as I could see. There was no hatching fly, so I presumed they were rising to wind blown terrestrials. Fishing with a small GRHE (what else!) I cast to the rising fish, they took it with gusto! The fish were mostly small brown trout of about 8 inches long, but I did catch a rather nice grayling of about a 1lb. One or two larger fish came for the fly, but they were a lot wiser and steered away from the fly at the last split second.
For two hours I had some really excellent fishing and headed home deciding to leave the evening rise to the bats!
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.
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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.
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