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!!
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