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Disabled Platform @ Kingcombe – Complete.

Disabled Platform @ Kingcombe – Complete.
News Item entered 20 April 2010 at 17:38 by Steve Sudworth

Your committee are pleased to announce that the Disabled and infirm anglers platform at Kingcombe Lodge Lake is now complete and ready to use.
The platform has been been put in place through the collaboration of DDAS and the British Disabled Angling Association..BDAA president, Mr Terry Moseley and very kindly funded by the Environment Agency Fisheries team at Rivers House in Blandford, especially Mr Jim Allan.
The parking bay, access gate, pathway, handrail and safety rail along the waters edge were the first things to be put in place by our expert craftsman and groundworks man, Terry Gladwish of Gladwish Groundworks & Construction Ltd, Weymouth..with materials and plant supplied by Travis Perkins, Weymouth.

The final element of the task was the platform itself…it has been constructed using re-cycled plastic by Fletcher Contracting Ltd in Yorkshire and to the exact specifications required by the BDAA for that size of platform.
The canadian pond weed was dealt with by cutting and removing it by John ..Riverworks..Aplin and his team.
All in all, a fantastic job done by all involved, if I do say so myself. I like it when a plan comes together.
The attached photos show the work still in progress but I can assure you that it is all now complete….The next step is try to get our accreditation from the BDAA, fingers crossed.
Once this is done we intend to have an official opening, sometime in Mid May, prior to our new club year so we can advertise it in the press and maybe…on the local evening TV and radio…keep your ears to the ground and your eyes peeled.
Thank you again to all those who contributed to this EXCELLENT addition to our, no…YOUR club portfolio.

Able bodied members are allowed to use the platform but are asked to give it up if an infirm or disabled person wishes to use it. Enjoy.

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Of Fly and Fish

There was serious warmth in that spring sun today, as long as you were out of that persistent NW wind, and with that warmth came a fair hatch of Grannom and a hand full of rising fish, at last the Frome is picking up and our rods will be happy….

I had to head into the Test valley (I am very privileged to be guiding) earlier today for a “One Fly” briefing at the Fishing Breaks HQ, by team leader Jon Bond, beat allocation, and by a serious stroke of luck I was selected a beat I know quiet well, (and one I like) and to top the day, we were sent off to check out our respective beats with a fly rod (like that as well) only I took a 7ft 3wt and the wind was a little strong and downstream!!!!

I needed to choose “one fly” and stick with it….Result! my favorite fly (has to remain a no namer) cleaned up, 12 fish to about 4lbs in a couple of hours………

Despite planning an evening meal, all fish were returned un-harmed.

Frome and Piddle fisheries catchment summary 2009/10

We had an exceptional Frome Piddle and West Dorset Fisheries Association AGM on Friday of last week, and one of our outstanding long term founder members said to me “That AGM was one of the finest ever meetings, and I have been a member for over forty years”

He was talking of course about the great steps forward the association are making, our partnerships with the West Country Rivers Trust and the Association of Rivers Trust, the great relationship between all the organisations passionate about our rivers, angling and conservation….it works!

Nicole Caetano from the Environment Agency sent me details of all the grand projects delivered on both the Frome and the Piddle over this last financial year, check out this link, you will be impressed!

Great things are happening on our Dorset Rivers, check out you can all get involved one way or another, join us……

Fishing in Poland

A while ago I did a post about a cracking Polish Fly Fishing Guide who fished the DFC water on a day ticket, and caught some lovely fish.

Well as promised Thomasz has set up a small company taking people fishing in Poland and it looks like a lot of fun, check out his website.

A hint of spring

It is amazing how two river catchments in the same area can be so different.

Yesterday we spent the morning working on the Frome, a biting wind, high water, no fly life and no fish rising….(but it won’t be long)

Then we spent the afternoon in the Piddle valley, a proper spring day, loads of Grannom hatching, and Salmon Parr having their first serious meal of season, and few larger Brown Trout on the move, at last it’s time to dust off the trusty 3wt, and the weather forcast is on our side.