Autumn 2014 Meeting

The Dorset Chalk Stream Club will have its first winter social gathering in West Stafford Village hall on Friday the 31st October starting at 7.00pm

The evening will be a totally informal celebration of the 2014 Trout season, with the usual breaks for food and drink, alongside a fly tying evening.

An evening of fly tying with Charles Jardine and Lee Hooper

Charles and Lee will provide a relaxed evening comprising of a few demonstrations with some guidance, so please bring some fly tying kit with you…. Those of us who do not tie should come along and at least give it a go!!

  • Please bring a plate of 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 and sell it on the second hand tackle table, and if you would like to have a stand, 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, perhaps forward this e mail.
  • We can put together the rest of the winter program including the photographic competition.

Harry Wallace will be selling his range of rather fantastic Grayling flies ready for this winter!

Bring along  some spending money - will have a retail stand for the evening.

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. 

Kindest regards

The Dairy House, West Stafford

Fundraising Quiz Night

Dear All

I would firstly like to thank all of you who came to our fundraising quiz night on Friday 6th June, West Staff Village Hall. I would especially like to thank you all for your generosity in providing food and raffle prizes. A big thank you to Bryan Sennett, Chairman of the Dorchester Fishing Club and John Aplin who kindly donated two days fishing which we auctioned.

I am pleased to let you know that we raised £511. Included in this figure was some generous donations that I was asked to use specifically for the Dorset Branch to purchase some additional equipment that we require. To that end, I have purchased some priests and de-barbing pliers, leaving a balance of £371 which we will forward to SW Fishing for Life who will use the funding to support us in the future.

SW Fishing for Life has previously supported us in purchasing set up equipment including 6 rods, nets, reels, lines and some safety equipment. The Dorset Branch is very pleased to be able to have raised some funds that are held centrally for our collective use. We are continually looking to raise funds to provide more equipment and also to pay for hire of facilities.

Once again thank you so much for coming to our first fund raising event. I thoroughly enjoyed it and hope that you did too.

With very best wishes

Clive Thorp
FFL Dorset Branch Chair/ Coordinator

Fund Raising Quiz Night

Clive Thorp (Dorset Coordinator) – Fund Raising Quiz Night
6th June 2014 19:00 – 22:00
West Stafford Village Hall
West Stafford

Quiz teams £2 per person at door – Please bring a small plate of food to share

‘Fishing for Life’ is an organization which provides fly fishing sessions for people who all have one thing in common – breast cancer. The Dorset Branch holds meetings every month at Wrackleford Estate during the fly fishing season and West Bay at other times.  At these sessions they are  able to learn to fly fish under the supervision of qualified coaches.  Please go to for more information on the organization.

This is our first fundraising event in Dorset that will allow us to provide these sessions free of charge to the participant.   As well as learning to fly fish, knot tying, entomology, fly tying and conservation are all included in the program and each morning’s session is concluded with a buffet lunch.

We are raising the funds to pay for venue hire and equipment.  I am very grateful to the coaches who give of their time freely and provide such a wealth of knowledge.

Please let me know if you would like to come along. 

My contact details are:
Clive Thorp
FFL Dorset Branch Coordinator
h:  01202 699864
m:  07956 074798

Summer Break

The Chalkstream Club had a great winter season of gatherings in West Stafford village hall, we would like to thank all our fabulous guest speakers and of course all of you who attended making those evenings great fun, not forgetting the amazing food and wine.. A big thank you also to the Wise Man for putting up with us and serving their fine ales.

The Salmon season has started, the Trout fishing begins on the 1st April so now is the time to get on and enjoy your fishing and of course our “Dorset Chalkstreams”

We hope to put together a casting / fishing clinic for later in the year so please watch this space.

Remember the Chalkstream Club photographic competition (friendly) these pictures will be looked at by us all at our first winter meeting in October. Helpers to sort, judge and perhaps donate a prize would be much appreciated.

Remember ALWAYS have a camera with you…

Perhaps stick in a few of your own words and a few jolly fishing pictures..

See you in a bit

2014 Winter Meeting

Our 7th Dorset Chalkstreams Club meeting and tonight we were full with close to 60 guests attending. Huge thank you to all the guest speakers and it was great to hear we have so many national experts in our area.

Huge thanks to everyone who brought food and great to see a lot more home made produce starting to appear. Also another huge thanks to everyone who helped wash up and pack the gear away at the end :)

Here are a few snaps from last nights meeting – the next one will be announced soon, so watch this space……

If anyone has any great ideas for a follow up meeting please contact John

Gyrodactylus salaris Controls in Norway – with Jonathan Hulland from CEFAS in Weymouth – a scary scenario with an even scarier solution!

Return of the Natives Project; tackling Himalayan Balsam along Dorset’s river corridors and slowing the spread of other invasive plants – with James Parkin Dorset Wildlife Trust
A concise(ish) look at Invasive and aquatic plant management – with Kevin Ackerman from Food and Environmental Ltd. These guys are tackling some of the toughest invaders of our land since the Vikings!!

We then enjoyed the huge array of food and some amazing cakes!

Alex Jardine from Aardvark Mc Leod International Fly Fishing Specialists – Alex talked through his years fishing here in the UK and further afield to warmer climates.