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!! ;)

Christmas 2014 Meeting

The Dorset Chalk Stream Club will have its Christmas social gathering in West Stafford Village hall on Friday the 12th December 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 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 be attending our next Chalk Stream Club gathering on the 12th December to present us with a slide show and a book signing, for those who already have these books or would love to purchase one.

Plus an evening 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 November last year and it was a really great evening.

  • 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.  

2014 Autumn Meeting

Many thanks (again) to Charles Jardine & Lee Cooper for sparing their time to divulge their secret fly tying tips to everyone. Also huge thanks to Toby & Rachel Merigan (Funky Fly Tying) for coming along to show off their wonderful fly tying equipment & materials etc. And it proved that we fishermen are easier to catch than a trout!!

As always a special thanks to John Aplin for planning the night and all those who helped to set up & clear away – especially Elliott & Clive :)

Here are a few photographs from last night…. The next meeting won’t be too far away, so make sure you keep a keen an eye on the website for future dates…

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 –  john@riverworks.co.uk
  • 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 - www.funkyflytying.co.uk/ 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
John

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