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
John

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  john@riverworks.co.uk

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.

2014 Winter Meeting

The next Chalk Stream Club gathering, something exciting for your diaries… The Salmon season opens in March and the Trout season in April, roll on a nice warm spring…

The Dorset Chalk Stream Club will have its February social gathering at West Stafford Village Hall on Friday the 28th February starting promptly at 7.00pm doors open from 6.30pm

Please bring a plate of food to pop on the buffet table and bottle of your favorite tipple, or grab a drink from the Wise Man.

Another very exciting evening, great speakers covering a variety of fascinating topics.

  • The Death (and Rebirth) of a Salmon River – Gyrodactylus salaris Controls in Norway – with Jonathan Hulland from CEFAS in Weymouth
  • 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
  • A break for food and liquid refreshments
  • A World of Fly Fishing – with Alex Jardine from Aardvark Mc Leod International Fly Fishing Specialists

The usual second hand tackle table, also there will be lots of second hand fly tying kit on sale to raise a pound or two for the DFC

Large selection of fly fishing & fly tying books donated by a rather fine chef – all money raised will be donated the Dorset Wildlife Trust

Harry Wallace will be selling a great selection of Dry flies and a selection of his new Grayling patterns. Why not stock up for the coming season.

I will be keeping a selection of Harry’s flies at home for the rest of this season, so if you need any please give me a ring. 01305 257490

Open to all folk with a passion for our chalk streams and fly fishing… £2 on the door…

2014 Photograph Competition

A friendly, amateur bit of fun that will be judged at the October 2014 Chalk Stream Club social.

You are all invited to take pictures for each of the following categories.

1. Evening Rise
2. Mayfly
3. Trout
4. Grayling
5. Tackling Up
6. Wet
7. Wading
8. Flora and Fauna
9. Water
10. Tackle

All pictures must be taken in 2014, take as many pictures as you like, select your best for each category, put it on a memory stick and bring it along for us all to see.

We may even come up with a few prizes and a small panel of judges.

Please ping me an e mail if you would like to take part –  john@riverworks.co.uk

Christmas Grayling Treat

POSTPONED to a later date

Charles Jardine as you know is an avid supporter of the Dorset Chalk Stream Club.

Charles has very very kindly offered to run a Grayling workshop for those who attend our Dorset Chalk Stream Club and for members of the Dorchester Fishing Club.

Friday 27th December 9.30am for a 10.00am start. (Subject to river levels)

Meet at the Dairy House, West Stafford, DT2 8AL

We will have the use of the Home Beat (at the Dairy House) and the rather special DFC Lower Water Beat at Bockhampton.

Please bring a picnic lunch with you.

The Grayling day is FREE of charge and is first come basis, but we will pass a hat around at the end of the day for a donation to Charity that Charles supports “Fishing for Schools”

Please ping me an e mail (ASAP) to let me know you are coming. john@riverworks.co.uk or give me a ring on 01305 257490

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