Catch Club

Chalkstream salmon specialist Paul Bullimore catches his first salmon of the season on a fly.

As I’m sure many of us do I spend the early part of the season waiting eagerly for magical first fish? It brings to an end those long nights thinking about fishing, sorting out tackle, reading about fishing etc. In addition, for many of us, it means we can start to relax a little and enjoy fishing the rest of the season in the happy knowledge that we are ‘off the mark’. It doesn’t matter how many salmon I catch, every one brings back that amazing feeling we get when we feel the take, and I guess that’s why I keep going back for more.

This year my wait was over after only a few trips to the river. I fish on a syndicate on the lower reaches of the Dorset Frome where the fishing doesn’t normally get underway until the after 15th of May when the spinning starts. It’s always worth persevering with the fly and for the last couple of seasons I have taken fish before the spinning gets underway.

The Dorset Frome at a good height for spring fishing

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Hello Steve,

Just thought I’d drop you a line and let you know how things went…..

Best weeks fishing in my life!!!

24 fish in all from six days fishing; couple of resident browns and a Rainbow but also…

1x23lb; 2×22; 1×21; 2×20; 1×19; 3×18; 4×11; 2×10; 1×6 – all of which were better than my best (Sea Trout that is) and a 3lb fish that was so perfect you could see through its fins.

In true fisherman fashion, I also lost a few big fish but in a strange but pleasing way I hooked a fish that sprung the hook and then bounced back into its pectoral fin. After 15 mins or so I landed it and the guide would not let me touch the fish, photograph it or weigh it.

Should anyone ask you, the Lodge was superb and the Guides along with the entire Team were exceptional The weather is absolutely as predicted – windy beyond belief and when it rains it rains!!! The jacket did its trick admirably and I’m certainly glad you helped me with that and getting the right boots.