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Chalk Stream Club Christmas Social

The Dorset Chalk Stream Club will have its Christmas social gathering in West Stafford Village hall on Friday the 12th December starting at 7.00pm

The evening will be a totally informal celebration of the Chalk Stream Club, with the usual breaks for food and drink, alongside several slide shows.

**STOP PRESS** Dr Tony Hayter Author of : “FM Halford and the Dry Fly Revolution” and “G.E.M. Skues The man of the nymph”

Will be attending our next Chalk Stream Club gathering on the 12th December to present us with a slide show and a book signing, for those who already have these books or would love to purchase one.

Also evening of your Fishing / River work etc slide shows.

Please put a few of your photographs on a memory stick and we can put them up on a screen.

We did this in November last year and it was a really great evening.

  • Please bring a plate of good food to pop on the buffet table.
  • A bottle of your favorite 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 (f.o.c.), just give me a ring  01305 257490 or ping me an email –
  • Please bring friends along to meet fellow Chalkstream and flyfisher folk.
  • News on meetings coming in the new year.
  • 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.
  • Only £2.00 on the door.


Grayling fishing in Dorset

The fame of the River Frome Grayling needs no great introduction.Other than possibly a quick reminder that this stunning chalk stream has produced more than its fair share of British rod caught records, the last of which was caught on a nymph while sight fishing in crystal clear water.

Here at the Dairy House our home beat has a population of rather special Grayling, including additional nomadic fish that on occasions wonder into the beat from elsewhere on the Frome, fish that you can only dream about.

We offer fly fishing only for these stunning “ladies of the stream” in totally wild conditions, not for the faint hearted.
You will possibly see huge Grayling, you may even get close to one, and if you slow right down, find patience you never thought possible, you could even catch one……

  • Winter grayling season 1st October to 28th February
  • Grayling to over four pounds
  • Stunning sight fishing
  • Small fishing hut with outside fire pit and barbecue
  • Self catering accommodation
  • Fantastic village pub
  • Tuition and guiding available
  • Day tickets only £40.00

Great features on our fishing for you to read here..


River Frome grayling

Our Fishing available for 2015

Chalkstream Fly Fishing 2015


The Fishing Beats for now and 2015

We now have the use of eight delightful beats here in Dorset, on this page we give you a gentle introduction to the very varied Fishing that we have  available, either on a Day Ticket or if you are staying with us as part of your fishing holiday.

Open Seasons
Salmon 15th March to 31st August
Sea Trout 15th April to 31st October
Brown Trout 1st April to 15th October
Grayling/Coarse 16th June to 14th March


The Home Beat

This is chalk stream paradise.

With a central fishing hut, alfresco dining area and bbq, making it a great beat to fly fish with friends, the fishing hut is next to a pretty bridge pool with plenty of room to relax and enjoy lunch with a glass of wine.

The “Home Beat” makes up a mile of exciting and challenging fly fishing, we also have half a mile of carrier north of the main beat, slightly wilder fishing suitable for those who love to wade.

A great variation of fishing, classic chalk stream features including riffles, pools, plenty of glides and overhanging trees, great sight fishing in crystal clear water.

The fishing is for totally wild Brown Trout and huge Grayling, for which the Frome is famous.

We have had Grayling to well over FOUR pounds on this beat, and a wild Trout of over SEVEN pounds.

I spent many happy hours Grayling fishing here as a child, and have looked after the fishing here for well over twenty years.

Available on a Day Ticket exclusively as an individual or small party and for our Annexe guests.

Tickets from only  £25

Chalkstream Dreams

The Watery Beat

This is a new beat for us on a small carrier only  a couple of miles downstream of the Dairy House. This really is a wading only beat and is great for a few hours in search of a large Grayling or a wild Brown Trout.

Day tickets available here at only £10 per person.

Amazing colours....

The Dorchester Fishing Club

Casterbridge Fisheries is proud to sell day tickets to fly fish the waters of the Dorchester Fishing Club on the River Frome, some stunning fishing, and I am very proud to have been the “River Keeper” on this fishing for nearly 20 years.

The waters hold a good head of wild trout as well as grayling below Dorchester. Although trout are not stocked on a regular basis the Managing Committee review the position from time to time and restock with brown trout as circumstances permit.

During the early spring days the Club is blessed with some astounding hatches of Grannom and as the weather improves these are joined by Blue Winged Olive’s, falls of Hawthorn Fly and Black Gnat. Towards the end of May early June the Mayfly appears, bringing the larger fish to the surface. After the Mayfly and until the end of the season, there is always the evening fall of spinners and sedges, during the day fish can still be found rising to hatching Pale Watery’s and Blue Winged Olives.

Brown Trout fishing: 1st April to 14th October
The Club does issue day tickets during the trout season, only on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays & Bank Holidays, but not during mayfly season (16th May – 15th June) when the water is reserved exclusively for members. (maximum 45 per year). Day tickets are priced at £50.00

To view day ticket availability, please visit the Club’s website

(unfortunately guiding is unavailable on the Club’s water) 

John Grindle

The Lower Piddle Fishery

We have  a “House ticket” for this very interesting fishing on the Lower Piddle, offering the chance of Salmon, Sea Trout, Brown Trout fishing.

This is for our Annexe guests only and if you stay with us for the week we will allow up to three of  you to fish this beat FREE of charge on the Thursday of your holiday.

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East Burton Fishery

Some great fishing on the middle Frome, about five miles downstream of the Dairy House, run by my friend Harry Warr, “Game Keeper and River Keeper”, Harry has some lovely fishing here for Salmon, Sea Trout, Brown Trout and Grayling.

More than happy to book you some fishing here as part of your stay…

 Lunch by the river

Middle Stour

Not truly known as a chalk stream but is the home to a handful of rather special, totally wild Brown Trout in totally wild surroundings, mostly  never caught before, the chance of a real monster, tough fishing, a totally new experience in your fly fishing world, that I can guarantee….. Also chance of a big Chub during Mayfly, or a Pike on the Fly during a winter break….

Again we have a “House Permit” and our guests will be allocated a FREE session (if you have time) on this fishery during their holiday….

I have wanted to catch one from here for a very long time...

Lower Frome Beats

Fishing with Paul Bullimore – http://

The Lower Frome has a well known track record of producing big fish, not only the huge Grayling the river is now famous for but also huge Sea Trout and Salmon. Historically the river had a massive average size of Salmon with 30lb fish being common and several 40lb fish being caught each season. Although these huge multi sea winter fish have all but vanished there are still big fish in the upper 20’s being landed and lost each year. The majority of the fish caught in recent times are 2sw fish of between 10 and 16lb with a fair numbers of bigger fish and a few grilse as well.

Guided fishing for Salmon is offered on two lovely private beats on the lower river. Fishing on these lower beats is normally by fly or spinner although some rods also fish the prawn. There are numerous deep pools and shallower runs giving a wide variety of water to fish.

If you catch the river right you may be lucky enough to encounter a large multi sea winter salmon or even a double figure sea trout, if you are vey luck you may even land one!

All of the salmon fishing on the Frome is syndicated although limited day tickets are available in order to give people a taste of what this beautiful river offers.

  • Salmon fishing season is from 1st March to      August 31st
  • Sea Trout fishing is from 1st April to October      31st
  • Two separate beats to chose from
  • Tuition and guiding available
  • Day tickets available on application
  • Prices from £40 per day

Pauls contact details here

A stunning Frome Salmon


Fish Rescue

First picture of some still water fish rescues we are involved with, seine netting phase 1, next week phase 2 further seine netting and boat electric fishing.

Please take a look at our Fishery Management website –


Fly fishing in Dorset

Lots of lovely people have stayed and fished with us here in West Stafford over the last few years, we are thrilled now to be taking bookings for 2015 (we have Christmas and most of the winter free at the moment).

Perhaps take a moment to browse over our testimonials page, it could well wet your appetite

salmo trutta advert