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…
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.
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).
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 ..
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
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.
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….
I’d been meaning to attend the Dorset Chalk Stream Club for years. John’s reports on Facebook had whet my appetite. This January everything fell into place, so Friday afternoon I jumped in the car and headed down to West Stafford. Mr Aplin very kindly offered me his sofa for the night so I could relax and have a beer or two.
Having helped John get everything set up I chatted with some of the other attendees as they started to arrive, food offerings in hand. Some of the other people I knew but lots were people I hadn’t met before and it was nice to put a few faces to names and make some new friends. 19.30 sharp John kicked off proceedings, welcoming the attendees and speakers and running through the agenda.
The first two presentations were from Dorset Wildlife Trust. Angus Menzies kicked things off with Rivers and the Riverfly, how invertebrate life is being used to assess river health and identify incidents affecting fish and anglers. Jacob Dew then introduced himself and the Dorset Wild Rivers Project, a major restoration project led by Dorset Wildlife Trust with funding from Wessex Water and Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Focussing on the Frome and Piddle Valleys and the chalk stream tributaries of the Stour, Allen, Tarrant and North Winterbournes. Jacob works with land owners, fishing groups and The Wild Trout Trust, restoring rivers for the benefit of fish and invertebrates, reducing agricultural run-off into the chalk streams and creating wetland habitats in the floodplains.
Terry Jane ended the presentations with The River Frome – From Source to Sea, a great little film tracing the course of the Frome from its source at Evershot to its terminus at Poole Harbour.
After the lights came back on we all tucked in to the fabulous selection of foods everyone had brought with them and enjoyed a pint or two brought over from The Wise Man. As I chatted with some of the regulars we admired the fly rods brought along by local fine rod builder Tom Regula.
As everyone drifted off around 22.30 all that was left to do was tidy up the village hall before heading back to Johns and a good nights sleep on his very comfortable sofa. A wonderful, entertaining evening, highly recommended.
Cheers, Kris Kent
Photo by David Burton
It was great to see so many friendly faces at tonights meeting, especially as it is only a week before Christmas.
Charles Jardine gave an entertaining illustrated talk on his recent visit to fish the Elk River in Colorado. Were he enjoyed spending time exploring a river, discovering some of its secrets. Before moving on to fish the small streams of California.
Then his son Alex showed us the delights of fishing the Ribnic & Pliva rivers in Bosnia. Fishing can get a little crowded at times, but if you listen to the guides, you will start to catch some of the beautiful trout & grayling.
As we all settled down enjoying the food and chatting about fishing, Charles spent some considerable time showing this young man how to sketch trout – brilliant thank you Charles.
Also on hand with his amazing split can rods was Tom Regula and the meeting spilled outside to cast these wonderful delicate wands – for more info head to his website www.tomregularods.co.uk
Big thanks to John Aplin for arranging another great meeting, too all those who brought along food, helped put out & back the chairs, kitchen staff and the biggest thanks to Charles & Alex Jardine, both giants in our wonderful world of fly fishing.. More in 2017…………….