November 2015 Meeting

We were pleased to welcome back Dr Tony Hayter to our first of the 2015/2016 winter season of meetings. He talked about the life & times of F.M. Halford and to give the talk extra gravitas Tony used an “old school” slide projector! (not the one you can see in this photo!)


It was interesting to hear that Halford wasn’t the ‘expert’ fly fisherman that we all thought, but was instead just good at collating information/data and writing! It was possibly George Selwyn Marryat that was the brains behind all of Halfords books!! (Well this is my conclusions after hearing Tony’s talk) George Selwyn Marryat was a Member of the Dorchester Fishing Club in 1879 and Halford was his guest that season, they fished on the 19th & 23rd July with a catch of three fish!


Huge thanks to Tony and this wife Philippa for making the journey from Salisbury on such wet & stormy night.

We then enjoyed a wonderful buffet supplied by ourselves! The second half never really happened because we were all chatting away about fishing and there just wasn’t time!

Also there was Brian Cleverton with his exquisite flies, which were in high demand!


Tony Hayter & John Aplin

November Meeting Announcement

Chalkstream club at last… When you have a moment… The Dorset Chalk Stream Club will have its first winter social gathering in West Stafford Village hall on Friday the 13th November starting at 7.30pm 

The evening will be the usual totally informal celebration of the Chalk Stream, with the usual breaks for food and drink, alongside several slide shows.

**STOP PRESS** Dr Tony Hayter Author of : “FM Halford and the Dry Fly Revolution” and “G.E.M. Skues The man of the nymph” Will again be attending the Chalk Stream Club gathering, to present us with a slide show and book signing for those who already have these books or would love to purchase one.

Tony gave us the most amazing presentation about Skues at our last Christmas gathering and will now talk us through “FM Halford and the Dry Fly Revolution”

**The famous Chalk Stream Club buffet break**

Then a selection of your Fishing / River work etc slide shows.

 Please put a few of your photographs on a memory stick and we can put them up on a screen.

We did this in December last year and it was a really great evening.

*New Chalk Stream Club Fly Tier Brian Cleverton will be selling his Grayling flies and taking orders for your favourite patterns*

  • Please bring a plate of good food to pop on the buffet table.
  • A bottle of your favourite tipple, or grab a drink from the Wise Man Inn
  • Bring along any of your unwanted tackle, flies and books to sell on the second hand tackle table, and if you would like to have a stand (FOC), just give me a ring  01305 257490 or ping me an email –
  • Please bring friends along to meet fellow Chalk stream and fly fisher folk.
  • News on meetings coming over this winter.

Only £2.00 on the door.

Could you please avoid parking in the pub car park, use the village hall car park, in front of the pub or please park at our house (The Dairy House, for map follow this link) just a short walk from the village.


May Meeting

Even with a very cold gale blowing, there was still a fabulous turnout out of 25 hardy souls to visit the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust’s, Salmon & Trout Research Centre at East Stoke. This has been monitoring salmon & sea trout since 1973, using various ingenious fish counting methods.

We were shown round by Bill Beaumont who has been working at the Centre since he arrived in 1971 for a three month trial!!! You could tell that it was all his ‘baby’ and enthusiastically explained all the methods used by his team to count the smolts out and the adult salmon back in.

Bill Beaumont

It is good to have such a great team as this led by Bill right on our door step and they have the most comprehensive records of salmon movement in England & Wales – long may they continue..

All those present send a huge thanks to Bill for sparing his valuable time to show the Dorset Chalkstream Club around the Research Centre.

April Meeting Announcement

The Dorset Chalk Stream Club will have an outdoor spring gathering at the GWCT river lab at East Stoke.

Tuesday 5th May at 6.00pm onwards, I am sorry this is at such short notice but they are in the middle of the Smolt run and we will get to see the whole research centre in action…

Bill Beaumont has very kindly offered to show the Chalk Stream Club around this rather remarkable centre, so drop everything an meet us at 6pm, there is no charge for this visit..

Please ping me a quick e mail so we have an idea of numbers

Salmon & Trout Research Centre

East StokeWarehamDorsetBH20 6BB

T: 01929 401894E:


Salmo salar

The Atlantic salmon is found in the northern Atlantic Ocean and in rivers flowing into it. It is an anadromous migratory fish species, which means the method of the fish’s breeding cycle is for the adult fish live in the sea but migrate to freshwater to spawn. Juvenile fish live in freshwater before undergoing dramatic changes to migrate to sea.

It is widely accepted that there has been a global decline in Atlantic salmon and our Salmon & Trout Research Centre at East Stoke in Dorset monitors this decline using a fish counter, which was first installed in 1973. It is one of the most comprehensive records of salmon movement in England and Wales.