March 2018 Meeting

Dr Rasmus Lauridsen from the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust kindly gave us all a talk on the activities of SAMARCH. The GWCT is proud to be the lead partner on a major EU-funded programme that will provide vital research on rapidly declining salmon and sea trout (salmonid) populations. The work will focus on five rivers, estuaries and coastline in the Channel area: the Rivers Frome, Tamar, Scorff, Oir and Bresle. This internationally significant project will involve working with several other British and French institutions in a bid to halt and even reverse declining salmonid populations.

He showed us the tags that will be inserted into sea trout smolts to discover exactly where they feed once they reach the sea. There are two types of tag, the smallest is a transmitter and the signal is picked up by sensors positioned around the mouth of the river. The second much larger tag, records the depth & water temperature at regular intervals for a whole year. This is the one that he is after our help with, if you catch a sea trout with a tag like below you will get a £50 reward – more than enough reason for a few more fishing trips this season.

Simon Tomkinson then talked about what the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust actually does and how it relies on members subscriptions to help subsidise it

Thanks again to John Aplin for organising the meetings and to all the helpers on the night. Have a great season and see you all in October.


January 2018 Meeting

Many thanks to PCSO Tom Balchin Rural Engagement Officer of the Dorset Police Rural Crime Team, for his talk on Rural Crime in Dorset. The team is small, but dedicated to protect our farms, rural businesses, wildlife etc. He explained how we can help protect our property, from using good quality padlocks, security marking, all the way to cameras linked to your phones.

He highlighted that today’s Policing is intelligence lead, so please report ALL rural crime & suspicious activity to Dorset Police, they can then target hotspots around the county.

There are many ways of contacting Dorset Police.

Telephone 999

  • If life is in danger or a crime is in progress call – this includes poaching from rivers & lakes

Telephone 101

  • to give the police information about crime in your area
  • to speak to the police about a police related enquiry
  • if your car has been stolen
  • if your property has been damaged
  • if you suspect drug use or dealing in your local area
  • to report a minor traffic accident

Dorset Police Rural Crime Website
Dorset Rural Crime email
Dorset Rural Crime Twitter Account
Tom’s Twitter Account

On a brighter and more positive note, it was also the night that the money raised from the Dorchester Fishing Club’s 140th Anniversary raffle was presented to Charles Jardine – Fishing for Schools. Total amount raised was a staggering £1,877.00 and is ring fenced to help schools in Dorset. (thanks again to all the raffle prize donators for their generosity)

Rob Ayles, Charles Jardine, John Aplin

Robin Ayles, Charles Jardine, John Aplin

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.


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


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


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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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.


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.


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….