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A nice comment

Hi John,

I’ve just had a good look through your blog and I’m positively amazed
at how you and your team have changed the Frome around Dorchester, to
the extent that I barely recognise many of the spots… well done and keep up the good work!

In particular the two stretches that were always void of fish were
(old) Poundbury (from Seven Springs to Loders Garage) and between Blue
Bridge and Greys Bridge. It looks as though you’re changing that. It
would be fantastic if I could  fish those stretches one day
when I visit England and land (and return of course) a wild brownie or
two.

Take care mate

Shawn

Top Cat 3

We found the weather was on our side for our November trip out with Ivan on his fab new boat “Top Cat 3” and despite a really cold NE wind blowing we all caught a few fish, and on this trip I think all the fish were returned, hows that for conservation!! (We didn’t actually catch anything that was great to eat)

We had some great fun with the Wrasse near the Bill then moved inshore in search of some Whiting, which we never found, but as the tide started to flood in the early afternoon the fishing picked up a little and Scott and I landed and released this rather fine Blonde…..Ray! (Its a long story….)

Thanks to Jim for taking some great pictures of the day, again well angled…..

Trees on dams, not good…..

One of the most important aspects of  lake management is keeping your dam free of any tree growth, a few saplings cannot do much harm, leave them a few years and the root system can lead to a dam that leak’s, if your monk is close to the dam the roots can cause problems here too.

Most dams are man made, an important part of your lakes construction, once soil is disturbed, seeds that have remained dormant for many years can grow very quickly, creating a problem, water management is easy as long as you keep on top of the problem, little and often, nothing worse than your favorite body of water not maintaining its level….

Wet and windy…

Yes it is wet and windy, and at last….According to a little local knowledge the last long spell of wet weather here in Dorset was back at Easter so we are more than over due a spell of unsettled weather!

Our rivers need it desperately, they need a good flush through, the levels need to come up (and stay up), really from now to at least Christmas, the migrating Salmon and Sea Trout need all the water they can get so they can migrate as far up the catchment as they can thus giving their off spring as much chance of survival as remotely possible.

A short spell of clear water in January to enable us to carry out a detailed Redd count on both the Frome and the Piddle, then rain like hell to fill the aquifers to the brim so our rivers stay nice and full for the coming season, good flows and lots of weed…….

One area of our business I was very keen to see expand was the consultancy, advisory and survey work, and through some careful marketing we have seen an encouraging growth in this field, and our clients have been very impressed with the detailed reports we have been producing as part of their package. 

Examples include fish population surveys for angling clubs, private land owners and advisory packages for clients preparing to submit plans to various planning departments for perhaps expansion of their existing fishery, or an impact survey regarding an impoundment for a proposed Hydro electric scheme.

As always the fishery maintanence carries on through the winter months, as does the planning of projects and the funding for the coming year.

Stormy weather brings with it a certain amount of work, for example removing fallen trees from various water courses…..

The rain is lashing against the office window, it will be dark in a couple of hours, does anyone fancy a big fish on a fly, somewhere hot, asap……..

Plugging

Libs and I headed off this afternoon for a spot of plugging.

A flat calm sea, clear water, a flooding tide and stunning light, we caught only one small Sandeel and took loads of pictures, a nice quiet afternoon………..