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Wild Rivers

We have been doing some amazing work with the Dorset Wildlife Trust and Wessex Water this year on the Dorset Rivers – long may it continue….

Work on the River Allen

We have had a busy few days helping the Dorset Wildlife Trust with a great project on the River Allen in Dorset, thank you to Amanda Broome (DWT) for project managing, the great bunch of endless volunteers and as always Elliot and Kevin…

I think the pictures speak for themselves!

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Dorset Chalk Stream Club

The Dorset Chalk Stream Club will have its first winter social gathering in West Stafford Village hall on Friday the 31st October starting at 7.00pm

The evening will be a totally informal celebration of the 2014 Trout season, with the usual breaks for food and drink, alongside a fly tying evening.

An evening of fly tying with Charles Jardine and Lee Hooper

Charles and Lee will provide a relaxed evening comprising of a few demonstrations with some guidance, so please bring some fly tying kit with you…. Those of us who do not tie should come along and at least give it a go!!

  • Please bring a plate of 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 and sell it on the second hand tackle table, and if you would like to have a stand, just give me a ring  01305 257490 or ping me an email –
  • Please bring friends along to meet fellow Chalk Stream and fly fisher folk, perhaps forward this e mail.
  • We can put together the rest of the winter program including the photographic competition.
  • Bring some spending money – will have a retail stand for the evening.
  • Harry Wallace will be selling his range of rather fantastic Grayling flies ready for this winter!

Only £2.00 on the door.

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.

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Kind Words about the Frome

Hi John,

Was a pleasure to meet you on Monday – thanks again for a great day out. Have attached below some pictures of the bigger fish, also just gave these and a catch return to the Westcountry Rivers Trust. Still glowing from my first 3lb grayling, have dreamed of one for years! And what a beautiful beat, great to see wild fish of all species and sizes in a natural setting. I’ve flyfished in the Westcountry for over 10 years but strangely this was my first day on an English chalkstream. I was always put off before by the idea of paying exorbitant fees for an overmanaged beat and stocked fish. Not so here – think you’ve done a great job, enhancing the riverbanks and working with nature rather than over-managing or interfering by farming or controlling fish. Hope to visit again soon for some Winter grayling fishing!

Best wishes, Ben

3lb2oz grayling return