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Salmon
New for 2020

Sea trout & salmon. Lodge.

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Three new beats. One new British record.

Sea Trout & Salmon Fishing

Salmon
West Holme salmon June 2019

A chalkstream salmon on the fly has always been high on the totem of fishing bragging rights and there are few better places to achieve this than on the Dorset Frome.

The lower sections of the Frome have historically been highly regarded for salmon and sea trout fishing both in terms of size and quantity; at one time the river held the record for rod-caught sea trout in the British Isles. It is also a river where both species rise to the Mayfly in late May and early June.

Sea Trout
West Holme sea trout September 2019

The opportunity for a record English fish in modern times is perhaps not as fanciful as you might suppose; in 2013 a fish of 135cm, estimated at 50lbs in weight, was photographed passing through the fish counter at East Stoke. It was subsequently hooked and lost, possibly twice

Salmon record
135cm (est. 50lb) River Frome salmon 2013

River Frome – West Holme NEW FOR 2020

 

West Holme is just beyond the tidal mark, three miles as the crow flies from where the Frome enters the sea at Wareham.

The beat, which is just over a mile in length, has 27 named pools with numerous easily fished lies for both salmon and sea trout. It is not a big river, mostly 10-15 yards in width, which is generally fished with a rod in the 12-14-foot range. Early season a large fly fished well sunk is preferred whilst as summer approaches a floating line with a smaller fly works best, a single-handed rod perfectly adequate for those who prefer to fish that way. This is an all fly beat; prawning, spinning and worming is not permitted.


Sea trout have a long season on the Frome from April 15 to October 31. The salmon seasons starts a month earlier on March 15 but closes on August 31. All fish must be released. The best time to fish is from late afternoon until dark. The fishery is divided into two beats for one to three Rods in total.

Rods are available in two formats: sea trout and salmon day rods or a day/night pass which includes trout fishing at Ilsington (11 miles) with the option to stay in the Eco Lodge. Click here for more details of the Eco Lodge.

Year

Sea trout

Salmon

2014

17

46

2015

67

57

2016

28

42

2017

26

40

4-year average

35

46

No complete records available for 2018/19

Difficulty Tranquilty Bank fishing Check
Map  

No. RODS
1-3

 

 

dogs allowed

Cabin rating
No Cabin

Rail Station4m

Acommodation4m

Pub4m

NEW FOR 2020

  Ratings explained

West Holme Sea trout & salmon

March 15 - October 31

£100 per Rod


West Holme/Ilsington Brown trout, sea trout & salmon day/night pass

April 1 - May 15

£125 per Rod

May 16 - June 15

£195 per Rod

June 16 - October 31

£125 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 West Holme 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 West Holme

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 West Holme. Rates for 5 nights or longer on request.

Eco Lodge
with sea trout/salmon at West Holme

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.



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