Diaries & Reports

You could argue that Thames Water’s Farmoor reservoir complex is not the most attractive fishery in southern England. There are two reservoirs to choose from Farmoor 1 and Farmoor 2 . Farmoor 1 is a catch and release fishery – a huge bag of fish is often possible on this fishery and the average size is good. I have never fished 1 from a boat and generally fish from the bank at medium range with buzzers.

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