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  • 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.

    Difficulty Tranquilty Bank fishing Check
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    No. RODS
    1-2

     

     

    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

    £150 per Rod

    May 16 - June 15

    £225 per Rod

    June 16 - September 30

    £150 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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