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New Zealand, South Island

I guess the plan was hatched on the banks of the Frome a while ago, friends Richard (Dusty) and John T (JT) were it the throws of planning a trip and asked if John G (Foodie) and I (Keeper) would like to come along….  I said yes before even thinking about…..

After months of seriously good planning (great work Dusty and JT) Foodie and I headed out to Singapore (March 2016) to break the journey and to sample the amazing food, then we all took the same flight into Christchurch New Zealand.

We were now in Trout Mecca and literally had weeks in front of us to chase Trout, ideal…..

We shared the driving, 3500km, cooking, and fished as great friends in simply the most amazing places.

We covered a huge part of the South Island, fishing many different rivers, and catching fish along the way, trust me you have to work for your fish!

The weather was amazing, crisp autumn mornings and warm days…..20160330_111243 20160402_133306 20160402_193818 20160403_121718 20160403_172044 P1010750 P1010868 P1010884A massive box ticked,  Brown Trout and Rainbow’s on dry’s, nymphs and streamers from New Zealand’s rather clear rivers 🙂

Thank you all…….


May 2

A few more DFC pictures…

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River Frome day tickets from £50.00

I have to say that some of the finest fly fishing to be found on the Dorset Frome is on the famous Dorchester Fishing Club  water. Seven miles of stunning Chalk Stream fly fishing for only £50.00 per day (day tickets available on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and bank holidays), but you will need to book rather quickly as there only 45 day tickets available… The club does retain the fishing for members only between the 15th May and the 15th June, so please e mail me asap to book your day  

DFC lower water.


Just back from a weeks flyfishing in Norway fishing the River Trysil. The trip was organised by Keith Wallington (read his blog on the trip here) through Ole Bjerke who’s website has many mouth watering destinations in Norway

What an amazing trip, everything went smoothly, the self catering cabin was superb (dish washer!), cost of food wasn’t too scary, but the cost of beer meant you enjoyed every mouth full! Anders is the owner of the fishing, who was hugely friendly and helpful.

We had 6km of river for the five of us to fish and grayling was our main quarry. The fly hatches meant we caught the majority on dries. We also fished a 2km lake on one windy day for pike and another smaller pond (both included in the price) for prehistoric brown trout!

If you like truly wild fishing for grayling and the odd trout in amazing wild scenery Norway is the place for you!

(Photos @JohnGrindle)

Marks day out

A fantastic day out guiding on some of Dorset’s smaller chalk Streams with my good friend Mark….. I dropped him in at the deep end on a tiny very overgrown stream…. Resulting in this stunning very wild two pound plus fish…. This rising fish was caught in a tiny gap in the weed on one of Harry’s CDC patterns…..

After lunch we headed to the lower Frome on Marks Salmon beat, he went on to take another cracking fish on the dry, and a huge Brown whilst spinning for Salmon… I found a monster Brown sipping away and after changing fly about twenty times admitted defeat and we headed home, a great day’s fishing in great company….   Making Chalk Stream Dreams come true….