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  • Chalk stream Fishing

    River Frome

    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 – but in recent times the run has declined to a few hundred. 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.

    ILSINGTON

     

    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.

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


    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

     

    April 1 - May 15

    £125 per Rod

    May 16 - June 15

    £195 per Rod

    June 16 - October 16

    £125 per Rod

    October 17 - February 29 (grayling)

    £75 per Rod

     

    Ilsington Eco Lodge

     

     

    The Eco Lodge at Ilsington was completed in 2016, one of the most remarkable buildings of its kind to be built in recent times.

    Its genesis was as a private funded centre for the continuing Game Conservancy research into chalkstream salmon. Today it discretely houses state-of-the art scientific equipment in an annexe that tracks every single tagged salmon that leaves or enters the River Frome, identifying not just numbers but individual fish so we now are able to tell for the first time ever exactly when, and for how long, each fish is in the ocean.

    However, the Lodge with its futuristic design and slightly James Bond baddie-lair feel, is also a fantastic place to stay. The main living area has a panoramic view over the water meadows, a log burning stove and with seating on the outside deck.

    There are three en-suite bedrooms, large kitchen, and rod/drying/washing room. There is also Wi-Fi. Outside there is ample parking, dog kennel and last but not least, five miles of wild trout River Frome fishing to explore, plus the sea trout and salmon at Holmewood as an added option.

    The lodge is self-catering, let on an exclusive basis for two nights or more. Add as much fishing as you require with non-fishing guests are most welcome. Dorchester is our local market town with plenty of dining choices though you will be hard pressed to do better that our local The Wise Men.

    Eco Lodge
    with day/night pass for trout at Ilsington and sea trout/salmon at Holmewood

    April 1–September 30 excepting May 16-June 15

    Fishing/person

    Lodge/night

    Lodge for up to two

    £150

    £175

    Lodge for up to four

    £150

    £250

    Lodge for up to six

    £150

    £325


    May 16-June 15

    Fishing/person

    Lodge/night

    Lodge for up to two

    £225

    £175

    Lodge for up to four

    £225

    £250

    Lodge for up to six

    £225

    £325

    Brown trout: April 1-October 15. Sea trout: April 15-October 31. Salmon: March 15-August 31. Minimum 2-night booking. Maximum no. rods 6 with 3 at any time at Holmewood. Rates for 5 nights or longer on request.

    Eco Lodge
    with sea trout/salmon at Holmewood

    March 15–October 31

    Fishing/person

    Lodge/night

    Lodge for up to two

    £100

    £175

    Lodge for up to four

    £100

    £250

    Lodge for up to six

    £100

    £325

    Sea trout: April 15-October 31. Salmon: March 15-August 31. Minimum 2-night booking. Maximum no. rods 3. Rates for 5 nights or longer on request.

    To book the Lodge and fishing combined email us or complete the enquiry form. Day rods may be booked online.

     





    WRACKLEFORD


     

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

    In recent years the Estate has greatly improved the fishing, with easier access, banks that are groomed without being manicured and huts for the fishermen. Seven of the beats are on the main River Frome, but the eighth is on the tributary the Sydling Brook, ideal for anyone who likes stealth and accurate casting.

    Each beat is suitable for one or two rods.



    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

    April 1-30

    £75 per Rod

    May 1-15

    £120 per Rod

    May 16- June 19

    £150 per Rod

    June 20- September 30

    £95 per Rod

    October 1- January 31 (Grayling)

    £50 per Rod

     

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

     

     



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