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We are an established company, specialising in all aspects of water, fishing and fishery management.

  • A Dorset based Fishery Management Company
  • River Projects & Maintenance
  • Lake Projects & Maintenance
  • Ponds and Water Feature Maintenance
  • Exclusive Chalkstream Fly Fishing & Accommodation
  • Please contact us for some friendly advice - John Aplin
    Fully Insured & Members of the IFM, The Wild Trout Trust, The Association of Ponds Lakes and Fisheries,
    The Frome Piddle and West Dorset Fisheries Association, Salmon & Trout Association, Angling Trust

    Below is my informal blog, keeping you updated with anything that might be of interest..... "Enjoy"

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    Dorset Chalk Stream Club

    The Dorset Chalk Stream Club will have its first winter social gathering in West Stafford Village hall on Friday the 4th of November 2016

    starting at 7.30pm

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

    Latest news…… will have a stand on the evening…

    Dry Fly River fishing obsession in northern England.

    River Derbyshire wye

    River Dove

    River Welsh Dee

    River Welsh Severn



    We shall be showing our fishing experiences on the iconic Derbyshire Wye which is unique to a wild rainbow trout that has been in the river since 1800s and by freak accident managed to sustain a wild population.

    Also the River Dove (froome grayling)  and the Welsh Dee and Severn shall be included in the talk.

    The talk shall be directed at dry fly fishing techniques  for preoccupied trout and grayling…flys shown shall be ones that are not known in the public eye.

    Phil Ratcliffe (GAIA, FFF pro caster and guide ) will be on hand with casting techniques and questions to improve your line control.

    The talk will be very informal and we would like all club members to join in the chat.

    Some high res trout porn images shall be displayed on the projector.

    Fishing stories will also be on the talk with some major success and failures.

    After the chat and “Buffet break” we will have scott Webster at the vice showing his awesome ‘working’ flys.

    Mark Brando will be selling a selection of wild pelts that cannot be purchased anywhere.

    Glen Pointon (living the dream fly fishing blog,  team wychwood game rivers, Haddon estate Wye fly fishing guide)

    Phil Ratcliffe (GAIA, FFF, pro guide)

    Scott Webster (big game stalker)

    Mark Brando (river/game keeper)

    Tim Roberts (Islay Scottish Loch’s)

    • 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 –
    • 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.
    • 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

    Cuckoo Pound 2

    We really cracked on with our project yesterday, we got on so well that there will be NO work party today…

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    Cuckoo Pound Project

    I have to say we had just the most amazing day working with lovely people from the Dorchester Fishing Club on the Frome, a little partnership project to help the wildlife in the Frome valley, not forgetting the fish…

    A massive thank you to the folks at the Environment Agency, The Dorset Wildlife Trust, Wessex Water and of course the volunteers from DFC…  Hopefully see more volunteers tomorrow at Gasgoyne bridge 9.00am…

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    35 years ago

    Looking through rather a lot of old photos earlier and I came across this one of me fishing at the age of 14 in the bridge pool for Grayling in the winter of 1981… Under the watchful eyes of my dear father and the late Brigadier Floyer Acland… Now our family home, The Dairy House and famous “Home Beat”

    Hut pool aged 14

    Casterbridge Fisheries Ltd

    August seems to have been another rather busy month (like every other)… Our delightful self catering Annexe is full and bookings are flying in for next year, great, you had better get booking guys if you want to holiday and fish here in the Frome Valley…

    Also seriously busy with our keepering on the Frome, and various other water based contracts… Not forgetting a little voluntary work helping the River Lab gang tagging Salmon Parr today….   Love it….  Not forgetting the link to the famous

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