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Chalk stream Fishing

River Frome

“The Froom waters were clear as the pure River of Life shown to the Evangelist . . . ."
Tess of the d’Urbervilles Thomas Hardy

The River Frome is 30 miles long and considered to be the major chalkstream of southwest England. It rises from the Wessex Downs at Evershot, is joined by the Sydling Brook just upstream of Wrackleford, then River Cerne just below before heading through Dorchester, West Stafford, Ilsington and Bovington until it joins the sea at Wareham.

There was a time when the Frome was mostly fished for salmon – as recently as 1988 4,000 salmon a year were being caught – in recent times the run has declined but the beats near the estuary are still good for both salmon and sea trout. The decline of the migratory fish has been matched by a rise in the brown trout fishing, with the Frome and its tributaries gaining a reputation for a thriving wild trout population.

The season opens with a grannom hatch, followed by hawthorn, mayfly and blue-winged olives as the season progresses, with sedges rounding off the year.

ILSINGTONsince 2015

 

For the first time in living memory Ilsington is available having been a private syndicate for as long as anyone can recall.

With close to 5 miles to discover this is a true wild trout paradise. Trout over 3lbs are regularly caught and parties will often catch thirty fish or more fish between them. With the main river, carriers and the truly delightful North Stream the sheer scope and variety of the fishing is amazing.

From mid-summer salmon and sea trout are regularly caught. Ilsington is also THE place to head for huge grayling having set the British record on three occasions in the past two decades including the latest at 4lb 8oz caught on the fly in February 2019.


Difficulty Tranquilty Wading Advised Check
Map Video

No. RODS
1-4+

 

COMPARE

dogs
No Dogs

Cabin rating
5 stars

Rail Station3m

Acommodation
on site

Pub3.3m

“Unspoilt wild fishing.”   “Perfect wild brown trout in tough and immensely varied water. Halcyon!”   “The guide, Tony, King, made all the difference.”

Aternatives to consider Ratings explained

In addition, the self-catering Fishing Lodge, with exclusive use of the fishing, is available for 3 & 7 night stays April-December. Click here for more details.

Watch the 1:29 minute Directors Cut of CHALK filmed at Ilsington

April 1 - May 15

£135 per Rod

May 16 - June 6

£225 per Rod

June 7 - September 30

£125 per Rod

October 1 - December 31 (grayling)

£95 per Rod

 

 

WRACKLEFORD since 1993


 

For sheer variety the fishing at Wrackleford is hard to better with five beats that have bank or wading options, plus a good blend of wild fish supplemented by a healthy balance of stocking.

In recent years owner, Oliver Pope, has greatly improved the fishing with easier access, banks that are trimmed without being manicured and huts. Four of the beats are on the main River Frome and the fifth, The Bricks is the carrier.

Each beat main river is suitable for one or two Rods, with The Bricks ideal for one Rod. You will be confirmed your Main river beat allocation within 24 hours of booking



Difficulty Tranquilty Wading Optional Check
Map Video

No. RODS
1-6

 

COMPARE

dogs
No Dogs

Cabin rating
1 star

Rail Station3m

Acommodation
on site

Pub1m

“The Frome through Wrackleford is a gem.”   “Great fun, lots of mayfly madness and a super spot.” “Wrackleford is a lovely place to fish.”

Aternatives to consider Ratings explained
 

T&S
Read Trout & Salmon


Main river beats

The Bricks (carrier)

April 1 - 30

£95 per Rod

£80 per Rod

May 1 - 15

£135 per Rod

£110 per Rod

May 16 - June 19

£175 per Rod

£140 per Rod

June 20 - October 15

£115 per Rod

£95 per Rod

October 16 - January 31 (Grayling)

£65 per Rod

 

 

For further details, please complete our enquiry form or e-mail info@fishingbreaks.co.uk

 

 



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