November 2017 Meeting

Last nights guest speaker was Michael Heaton’s to talk on “Watermeadows: their history and value to anglers”. The water meadows system was in use from 16th to 20th century across England and shaped our river valleys to what they are now. The Frome valley is covered with relics from these systems, old hatches, ditches etc. He also said that the river system today could benefit their return, by helping to remove the silt and Nitrates & Phosphates, plus reducing the risk of flooding.

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We also had Toby from Funky Flytying, tempting us all with his wares..

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Thanks to all that came along and those that helped clear up at the end of the night, see you all in 2018…

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November 2017 Meeting Announcement

The Dorset Chalk Stream Club will have its second winter social gathering in West Stafford Village hall (DT2 8AG) on Friday the 24th November 2017 starting at 7.30pm

Just look at another amazing evening we have lined up for you all…

 “Watermeadows: their history and value to anglers” with Michael Heaton -

An archaeologist, historian and fly-fisherman, Mike has a keen interest in watermeadows and is the founder of watermeadows.org

The work Mike and his team have carried out on the watermeadows of the Wylye Valley in Wiltshire is fascinating, and Mike is very kindly coming to share this watery passion with us, another evening not to be missed!

http://www.michaelheaton.co.uk/ and http://www.watermeadows.org/

There will also be a stand featuring a rather fine Fly Rod Builder “Tom Regula” Looking for that little treat for Christmas, check out Tom’s website – www.tomregularods.co.uk

  • 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 –  john@riverworks.co.uk
  • Please bring friends along to meet fellow Chalk stream and fly fisher folk.
  • News on meetings coming over this winter. 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.  Entrance for this winters gatherings will again be freeof charge.
  • The heating and website will again be sponsored by West Dorset Foodie
  • The Dorset Wildlife Trustthrough the Dorset Wild Rivers Project have again very kindly sponsored the hire of the village hall for the  Dorset Chalk Stream Club

October 2017 Meeting

The Dorset Chalk Stream Club held its first autumn social gathering in its winter base, the West Stafford Village hall.

Firstly a massive thank you for all that pulled this evening together, I got rather delayed in North Dorset, and when I arrived the evening was in full swing, all I had to do was chill, listen, drink beer, eat great food and talk about fishing, what a great way to spend a Friday evening!

A simply amazing evening of Carved and painted fish With Ian May.

Ian is a local Masters level AAPGAI fly fishing instructor; based in Fordingbridge, fabulous cabinet maker, photographer and of course fish carver.

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Ian hosted a brilliant evening, kicking off with lots of great photographs of his work not far away in Hampshire, on the banks of the famous river Test (nearly as famous as the Frome).

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The humour was fantastic alongside the obvious passion for this art of fish carving (and everything else that Ian does), “so how do you carve a fish Ian asked ?? You cut off all the bits of wood that don’t look like a fish” I will remember that for a long time ..

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Ian also bought along lots of carving tools, paints and of course rather fine examples of his carvings at different stages.

Thank you Ian and all those who make the Chalk Stream Club what it is… See you all at the next meeting :)

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October Meeting Announcement

The Dorset Chalk Stream Club will have its first autumn social gathering in West Stafford Village hall (DT2 8AG) on Friday the 27th of October 2017 starting at 7.30pm

Just look at another amazing evening we have lined up for you all…

Carved and painted fish – With Ian May…

Ian is a local Masters level AAPGAI fly fishing instructor; based in Fordingbridge, fabulous cabinet maker, photographer and of course fish carver…

Ian will be doing a slide show and talk along with some hands on introduction to this amazing art…

Ian has also just started carving Tim Pike’s 30lb plus recent Gaula salmon… This will be the centrepiece..

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  • Please bring a plate of good food to pop on that famous Chalkstream Club 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 –  john@riverworks.co.uk
  • Please bring friends along to meet fellow Chalk stream and fly fisher folk.
  • News on meetings coming over this winter. 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.  
  • Entrance for this winters gatherings will again be free of charge (thanks to our sponsors).
  • The heating and website will again be sponsored by West Dorset Foodie
  • The Dorset Wildlife Trust through the Dorset Wild Rivers Project have again very kindly sponsored the hire of the village hall for the  Dorset Chalk Stream Club

Spread the word…

See you all soon
John

March 2017 Meeting

Well that’s it for another season and huge thanks to Bill Beaumont from the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, for highlighting some of East Stokes latest studies into the River Frome salmon. Our unlucky salmon have to deal with warming seas & rivers, predation, high silt levels in rivers chocking the spawning gravels, chemical pollution. But luckily they have Bill’s team working hard to find solutions for the river side problems.

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Bill Beaumont

Then John Aplin, Richard Miller, John Thorpe and myself (John Grindle) gave an illustrated account of our trip to New Zealand last year.

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Many thanks to everyone who helps on the night and to John Aplin for organising the events, we all look forward to seeing you in October – so until then have a great trout season….

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