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Netting

Firstly its great to be back and back out with the “Riverworks” gang and I am glad to say we are busy, very busy.

All of our chalk stream beats are looking stunning, and after the storm passed over Dorset last night I suspect for the first time since Easter the Frome could be carrying a little extra water, I will explore later!

The rivers need a serious top up, but despite this there has been steady sport, particulary on the DFC fishing, you can take a look at their latest news letter http://www.grhe.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/DFC-Newsletter-2010.pdf

Check out these willow islands we built late last year.

My role as vice chairman of the Frome, Piddle and West Dorset Fisheries Association involves visiting all sorts of watery sites, and this week Charles, Luke and I went out into Poole harbour with the nets man who is responsible for the Salmon and Sea trout tagging program, in partnership with the http://www.gwct.org.uk/salmon

As always in this line of work there is always something else to learn, we headed down the Frome into Poole harbour, passing where the Piddle comes in, the scenery was absolutly stunning, and the wild life was amasing, what a valuable ecosystem.

As we went about our work, we heard, and discussed in great detail the on going poaching problem in Poole harbour, and more disturbing than the poaching is the fact that NOTHING is being done to protect our dwindling Salmon stocks……………….

The window on each tide for netting is about 15 minuites, slightly longer on the neap tides, could the areas at risk of poaching be watched during these short spells of slack water, apparently not!

Please get on to www.riverfrome.com and have your say.