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Fishing not catching

Trust me, most of us go fishing, and one or two lucky ones go catching.

By at least going fishing we can witness nature at her best… alien sunsets and fishless full moons.

Let the quest continue……

Jurassic coast sunset……Awsome

Fish free full moon, fantastic……

Job Satisfaction

Each day, I value my job as a River Keeper. Job satisfaction goes to a slighter wider scale, I would say I have “Life Satisfication”. My days are spent doing what I enjoy most, working with fish, fisherfolk, water and the great outdoors.

There are a lot of us who work within this aquatic industry, and you will all agree its been bloody hard work to get where we are today.

I left Sparsholt College over twenty years ago and thanks to all the friends I have made along the way, I am fortunate enough to still be getting cold and wet most days of the week, whilst making a living at what I love doing. I recently bumped into an old College friend at a recent E.A Workshop in Blandford Town Hall. I had not seen him since the days of Pike fishing in the snow at Bicton all those years ago, “good to see you mate” remember to send me those Shark pictures….

In the middle of nowhere…

Elliot, part of our team making the unfishable, fishable….

The Casterbridge Fisheries team out at all hours transforming clients fishing into prime fishing, increasing their capital and recreational value.

What a great week, fantastic frosty mornings, lots of maintenence work on the River Piddle, various meetings, wet waders on the Frome, and a great Dorchester Fishing Club, work party with a great bunch of friends to round the week off, including an on bank full CURRY lunch!!!

What a fantastic bunch, so excited about their fishing, check out their web site (some of the finest Wild Trout fishing in Dorset).

Day tickets avaliable through me, various mentions in the Field, new day ticket review coming in the May issue.

DFC gang hard at it, check out the latest diary on their web site….

Making fantastic fishing even better….

Nearly spring

I know deep down that spring is still a while away, but today on the banks of my belovid river Frome, other than the tinny noise of the strimmer the birds were singing their little hearts out, the Snowdrops looked at their best and the river was back inside its banks, dropping some eight inches over night.
For me as a Riverkeeper it is an awesome time of year, the beginning of the season if you like, getting ready, the excitement of the coming months, the changing seasons, the fishing, fisher folk chatting, ringing, e mailing, all retiring from hibernation, keen to get on board.
Other than the Frome we have spent a day or two on the River Piddle, a call out to deal with an oil spill on a garden pond!!! and the restoration of an old greenheart rod…. and time for more pheasant stew.

Dinner at last..

Elliot planting a withy bed

No more flys to be caught in these trees…

The bigger picture

A busy weekend, Libs birthday party, meeting,(sorry for being late, I was blowing up balloons), Andreas friends **th birthday party, Grayling fishing NO bites…,collecting next weeks supper, cheers for the Pheasants Graham.
At last Sunday night, following a particularly typical winters day, pheasant casserole, a glass of red wine, rain now lashing at the windows, nothing in particular just a few random photos…

Scott and Rodney

Fishing with friends

Guided beach fishing, cheers Will and the gang….

Conger Kev and Tone the Trout guide….

Answers on a postcard….