February Meeting Announcement

The Dorset Chalk Stream Club will have its next social gathering in West Stafford Village hall on Friday 27th February  starting at 7.00pm

We are absolutely thrilled (seriously excited)  to have Budgie Price and Trevor Harrop from The Avon Roach Project with us for the evening, I can tell you that these two guy’s (not forgetting the huge amount of supporters) work with Roach and the River Avon, will leave your hearts sevearly warmed, and inspire you to get out and do just a little bit more for your river….

Trevor and Budgie will also show the fabulous Roach Movie made by Hugh Miles… http://www.avonroachproject.co.uk/avon-roach-project-roach-picture-gallery.html

Please take a good look at their website, I was at one of their presentations not so long ago… Amazing…..

Not forgetting, not so long ago the Frome had a good head of massive Roach…. Could we get them back???

 

  • Please bring a plate of good food to pop on the buffet table.
  • A bottle of your favorite 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 (f.o.c.), just give me a ring  01305 257490 or ping me an email –  john@riverworks.co.uk
  • Please bring friends along to meet fellow Chalkstream and flyfisher folk.
  • News on meetings coming in the new year.

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, map at the bottom of this link) just a short walk from the village.  

January Meeting

There are some days that will stay in your memory forever and today was such a day. It was the legend of flyfishing Charles Jardine’s birthday and to celebrate his son Alex and daughter Annabelle joined a small band of fellow anglers in John Aplin’s kitchen to eat bacon rolls, to plan the days grayling fishing and to sing Happy Birthday Charles….!

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The day was a great success, with big grayling caught and of course even bigger grayling lost! (Glen!)

Lewis Hendrie & Frome Grayling

Then it was the main event at the Chalkstream Club, where Alex Jardine & his good friend Lewis Hendrie talked about the modern tactics used to target big fish, especially grayling. These two young anglers really put on a show and I know it stirred a lot of fisherman to really think & challenge their ‘traditional’ methods of flyfishing. (‘traditional’ in – I always fish this way)

Alex Jardine

Then there was the buffet break and Lewis & Alex were inundated with questions about their fishing and especially their grayling bugs!!

After the interval Lewis & Alex talked about their exploits in New Zealand and all I can say is I am totally relieved that I said ‘yes’ to a trip down under next year!! They did have a little technical problem with their slides, but at 23:00 they still had a queue of anglers with even more questions for them to answer.

A huge thank you to John Aplin for organising the days events, to Charles Jardine for the cheese and an even bigger thank you to Alex & Lewis who really are fantastic ambassadors for the art of flyfishing. Thanks also to all those who helped in the kitchen, pack away the chairs etc. the club couldn’t continue without you – thanks.

PS> Next meeting is on Friday 27th February 2015

January Meeting Announcement

The Dorset Chalk Stream Club will have its first New Years social gathering in West Stafford Village hall on Friday the 30th January 2015 starting at 7.00pm 

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

An evening with Lewis Hendrie and Alex Jardine.

Firstly Lewis and Alex will share with us their amazing knowledge of Grayling Fishing, including tactics and fly patterns to “Team England” level!

After the break they will take us on a jaw dropping trip to New Zealand, a Fly fishing Mecca… Where they have both spent months fishing,  literally off  the beaten track!

David Burton will have a stand with his fabulous fish prints. Check out his rainbow trout mural!!

  • Please bring a plate of good food to pop on the buffet table.
  • A bottle of your favorite 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 (f.o.c.), just give me a ring  01305 257490 or ping me an email –  john@riverworks.co.uk
  • Please bring friends along to meet fellow Chalkstream and flyfisher folk.
  • News on exciting meetings coming in the new year.

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, map at the bottom of this link) just a short walk from the village.  

John E Aplin

Christmas 2014 Meeting

Christmas is almost upon us and the Dorset Chalkstream Club night is a perfect way to forget all about your Christmas worries. Last night was no exception and again we had a great turnout of fellow anglers and chalkstream enthusiasts.

Dr Tony Hayter (Author of: “FM Halford and the Dry Fly Revolution” and “G.E.M. Skues The man of the nymph”) talked about the life of G.E.M. Skues, from his childhood living in boarding schools in Winchester all through to his retirement and his final years in Wilton. Tony is a wonderful narrator and we all enjoyed listening to the life of this rather odd but innovative Victorian character!

Tony was also selling & signing his books and I did notice a good number being bought!!

Photograph by David Burton

We then had a break for the buffet and lots & lots of fishing chat.

I (John Grindle) then did a quick talk on this years grayling trip to Norway, fishing the Trysil River.

Jim Chalmers talked about his home county Fife and fishing the Loch’s for brown & rainbow trout, using dry fly and wet fly tactics.

There was more than a tinge of envy in the hall as Richard Dearnley showed his photographs of monster 4lb+ grayling he had caught from various beats along the River Frome.

If you ever get chance to visit Australia, Richard Miller has the perfect route back. Via New Zealand where he caught big rainbows, then onto Texas to catch large mouth bass in super fast speed boats! Before fishing for bonefish in Hawaii!!

Kevin Ackerman went through his years work battling invasive plant species and news on a new plant rust that attacks Himalayan Balsam!!!

Followed by Jon Hulland who talked for the longest 28 seconds we had ever witnessed, about a proposed anglers logbook by CEFAS, the EA and the Angling Trust. There is a questionnaire for anglers to complete, so please follow the link http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/anglerlogbookapp

Last but no means least, Sarah Williams gave a brief update on The Dorset Wildlife Trust’s work on the Dorset Rivers and supplied the best chocolate cake ever!!

I know John has a lot planned for the following year, so keep an eye on this blog or join our FaceBook page https://www.facebook.com/DorsetChalkStreamsClub

Also many thanks to all the kitchen staff!! ;)