My debut book
Chalkstream Fly Fishing in Dorset
Fishing Breaks offers the widest selection of the very best chalk stream brown trout dry fly and nymph fishing in the county of Dorset.
Thomas Hardy made Dorset his own where the rivers of the county interweave through the pages of his Wessex novels, with Tess of the D’Urbervilles buried on the banks of the River Frome.
The Rivers Frome and Allen are remarkable success stories in the preservation of our chalkstreams. A small group of locals were at the forefront of the drive to protect and improve these trout streams more than two decades ago, so that we are now at the point where all the Wessex streams have healthy, self-sustaining wild trout populations.
Dorset is a great county to fish and visit, with its amazing Jurassic Coast, mighty Iron Age castles, chocolate box villages like Shaftesbury and the boastful Cerne Abbas Giant.
Tony divides his time between his river-keeping work, guiding and taking his boat out along the Dorset coast for sea bass on the fly.
He has some sound advice. ‘On my rivers you fish the water, rather than the fish, which are often devilishly hard to spot. The best method is to get below a run between the weed and work the water with delicately presented dries, on the lightest of tippets. That said, when the hatches come on (we have a fantastic grannom hatch in April), the river boils and it is just a case of getting the right fly in the right place for a bumper day.’
The trout season runs from April to September with the opening weeks dominated by the grannom hatch. The mayfly hatches from late May into June, followed by glorious summer action with olives, sedges, ants and daddy long legs. To buy flies click here. .
Top Dorset flies:
Recommended outfit: 7.5ft rod,with 3-4wt floating line.
Tippet to 2lb/6x.
Top gastro pub: Museum Inn, Farnham
Top local pub – The Greyhound, Sydling St Nicholas
Top place to visit: Lulworth Cove and Jurassic Coast