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Aerial Videos of our Fishing Beats !

I am beginning to experiment with filming each of our beats using a Phantom 2 quadcopter - the first version of the Home beat can be seen below.  The plan is to get the feel for it then add the 'real' videos once the weather improves in May. !

With the weather improving we are spending a lot of time on the river at the moment getting ready for the first days fishing on 1st April.  Today was spent on the bottom section of the Mill Beat clearing two large willows that have grown enormously over the last few years.

Midsummer Blast 2015


At Mintere House

(Formerly known as the Dorset Lobster Shoot




Henry and Sophie Digby are kindly hosting the 2015 Midsummer Blast at their home at Minterne.  You are invited to bring a team of four guns to shoot and to dinner at Minterne House afterwards with wives and partners. The shoot will include the famous flying Gnats.

Further details from Alison Hawes at alison-hawes@countryside-alliance.org or Tel:  01752 830430 or 07710 836806.

A reminder to save the date in your diaries.  Further details to follow. 

Shooting will be from 12 noon and there will be a bar and BBQ available throughout the day.  A drinks and dinner party will take place within Minterne House with drinks and canapés from 7.30pm and dinner at 8.30pm during which there will be an Auction of very unique Lots.   

2015 Diary Open
Countdown to the start of the fishing season !
 Natural chalkstream fly fishing at its best........
Whilst in the midst of winter it is always nice to contemplate warmer days on the river - Tuesday at Wrackleford felt spring like with a warming sun tempting me to turn my thoughts towards the fishing season. (of course Wednesday followed with rain, sleet and gale force winds !)
The next couple of months will be spent getting the river prepared for the coming season - fences to be repaired, branches to be trimmed, banks to be mown.
All of the 8 well stocked beats now have fishing huts - either picturesque thatched ones, or shelters just in case we get any more rain !  All of the beats now have the well tended wide banks - all the fences have now been moved back to at least 15 feet from the river.
"The sheer pleasure and privilege to be be able to spend a day fishing a well stocked river on exquisitely tended banks in one of the most beautiful parts of England."
Fishery Fact File
New for 2013 !
  • Dry fly chalkstream fishery
  • Stillwater lake for tuition and practice
  • 8 exclusive fishing beats
  • Regular stockings throughout the season
  • Wide fishing banks
  • Fishing Huts
  • Accommodation


Please do give me a call or send over an email if you need any more information.
All the best and looking forward to welcoming you to the riverbank this coming season.
Oliver Pope
Oliver Pope
Tel : 01305 267643 
Mob:  07980 694487

My own fishing report

I had a sporting couple of hours yesterday on the Mill and Bricks beats from around 10.00 – 12.30.

This wonderful summer had brought heavy rains earlier in the week, but as usual with the Frome this had cleared through – not completely clear, but enough to see most of the gravel beds.  The temperature was probably around 17c, but there was a strong 20mph ish south west wind which did not help matters and consequently there was very little fly activity.

The Mill beat is probably the least protected of the beats from the south westerly winds, but I was pleased how sheltered the river surface was, protected by a few bushes and the river bank itself.

The mid section was the most productive giving me 3 good fish on the bank in quite quick succession – all on the old daddy longlegs – two were around 1lbs and one around 1.5lbs.  I then moved onto the Bricks and caught a smaller wild trout about half way up, then missed my biggest fish closer to the top !  All four safely returned to the river for another day.

The river is in fine condition at the moment - the water flows strong and have kept the river beds clear, the wider bank margins this year really improve the ability and enjoyment of the fishing.

All in all it reminded me that I do not get onto the river nearly enough!


Mayfly Season is NOW !
The Wrackleford Estate
Mayflies are finally here !

After weeks of drought, rain, cold weather and everything else that could have been thrown at us the next couple of weeks or so should provide some really exciting fishing ! 
Wrackleford Mayfly
The Mayfly period has arrived !

I have just come off the river having seen the first really proper Mayfly hatch, with the trout showing interest for the first time.

The forecast seems set for the time being, so if you do have the opportunity then do try and visit over the next few weeks - the river has now plenty of water, and exceptional clarity.  The banks are all prepared and ready for your trip !

Give me a call on 01305 267643
or book online at www.wrackleford.co.uk/fishing 

Oliver Pope


Oliver Pope
Tel: 01305 267643
Mob: 07980 694487
The Dorset High Five

A unique opportunity; five of Dorset's finest shoots will each be contributing one of their signature drives to the Dorset Lobster Shoot Auction on Saturday 26th May 2012, making a very special day's shooting for a full line of 8 guns for either this or next season.


A chance to see 5 Estates with stunning, chalk valleys, and sample hospitality at them all!


The shoots are Alton Pancras, Minterne, Sydling, Up Cerne, and Wrackleford with the proceeds going to be shared between Countryside Alliance Foundation (charity no. 1121034) and Julia's House, the wonderful Dorset children's hospice (charity no. 1067125).


If you are interested in either bidding for this auction lot, or attending the clay shoot then please contact Mark Firth on 07721 756222. 

Learn More...

River Condition Report
The Wrackleford Estate

The promise of warmer softer days are here....

(or will be once this much needed rain has stopped !!)

 And with them comes the opportunity to spend some time on the river bank  with a rod in your hand !


Our fishing season began at7 Hatches the beginning of the month and runs until 15th of October.  This season we have made a number of improvements which I hope that all our guests will enjoy.


 Access points have been improved, but most significantly the bank margin has now been increased to around 20ft from fence to river - that has been a lot of fence posts to move along the entire fishery but the job is now almost complete and the end product significantly improves each of the beats. 


All the best and I look forward to meeting up with you on the river bank,
Oliver Pope
Oliver Pope


Tel: 01305 267643  |  Mob: 07980 694487  |  Fax: 01305 260940

email: oliver@wrackleford.co.uk


In this Issue
River Report
Rural Holidays
Equipment and Booking
Weddings ?

A Shoot Day Next Season ?

At the moment I have a couple of complete days for next season still available, and also a day for paying guests.  Please give me a call for more details.
Instructors & Guides
Need a little help to get you back on form for the season or have you always wanted to wanted to try fishing but never quite got round to it ?
Let our Instructors help !
The River Frome Water Flows
Lower than normal, but plenty of water.
There have been numerous reports of how little water there is in the UK river systems at the moment, with some flow monitoring systems on different rivers showing a worrying lack of water.
The South West received around 70% of expected rainfall last year with corresponding ground water stocks and flows lower than we would like.   Like waiting for a bus to come we have been waiting for rain for the last few weeks with nothing coming, and now in the last week we have finally had some proper rainfall which will certainly help. 
Good clarity and renunculous
I have spent a considerable time on the river over the last few weeks and have been impressed by the clarity and growth of renunculous. Poor weed growth tends to go with lower flows, however areas of the Fishery like the lower section of the Home beat are displaying wonderful growth. 
One of the things that I always enjoy about the Frome at Wrackleford is the variety it offers - the depth can vary from a shallow riffle over a gravel bed to a deep hole that even chest waders cannot cope with.   The lower flows have meant the river levels correspondingly lower, but there is plenty of depth throughout the system at the moment.
Grannom hatches
The last few weeks have had warmer days with the fish rising to grannom during the day, with the evenings being a little cool for prolonged late evening fishing.
A Rural Holiday in Dorset ?
The Shooting Lodge
The Shooting Lodge is an ideal location to escape to the rural tranquility of Dorset.  With 5 bedrooms it can comfortably sleep 9 people in normal setting or a further 3 if needed, and situated at the heart of the Estate is ideal for simply a family gathering or a more concerted fishing expedition.
Over the last few years we have improved all the facilities whilst hopefully still retaining its rural and unique charm.
  • Sleeps up to 9 (plus 3)
  • 5 Bedrooms - 1 King, 3 twins, and a single
  • 3 Bathrooms and a cloakroom
  • Snooker Room with antique table
  • Brand new central heating systems in 2012
  • New power system in 2010 / 11 including our Wind turbine
  • Fishing at Wrackleford included with every stay.


The lodge is available for weekend and mid week breaks as well as full weeks. 


Currently we have availability in June, July and one weekend in September.


For more details please visit our website www.wrackleford.co.uk/lodge

Your Fly Fishing Day
Booking and availability
All our availability is shown on our website where an instant booking can be made, however if you are unsure about which of the 8 beats to choose from then please give me a call and we can chat each of them through.  They all vary and some can be easier or more challenging depending on  the conditions.
Flies and Equipment
We offer a complete selection of seasonal flies and essential equipment for your day .  These can either be purchased and sent to you in advance or delivered direct to your fishing hut on the day of your visit.
Arriving in Dorset without any equipment ? - The full kit from rod to net can also be rented for the day.

Accommodation and Lunch Hampers

Within walking distance of two of our fishing beats Wrackleford House is a wonderful base for Bed & Breakfast or simply exploring the South Coast. 
Our delicious Lunch Hampers are delivered direct to your fishing beat on the day of your visit - including sandwiches, snacks, cool wine and hot drinks all you have to do is relax and enjoy yourself !
To book or for more details please visit www.wrackleford.co.uk/fishing
A Special Wedding Reception Venue ?
The Wrackleford Estate
Wrackleford House Both Wrackleford House and the Shooting Lodge are available as distinctive and unique Wedding Reception Venues. 
 The lodge for more intimate  occasions for between 30 to 50 people, and with a package that includes accommodation, meals and amazing views it can be a most memorable choice.
Wrackleford House is for a more formal reception which can cater from 50 to 250 guests with the back drop of the house, the river and water meadows into the distance.
Full details are on our website at www.wrackleford.co.uk/weddings, or give me a call and we can begin to plan your day.
My chance on the river.......

With the river on my doorstep I am generally guilty of not enjoying it enough - there always seem to be too many other things to be done, but last week I fished elsewhere on Thursday and at Wrackleford on Friday.  The second day renewed my love of the sport - within a few minutes of wading gently up the river at 7 Hatches I missed a couple of fish - missed as I was guilty of enjoying everything else going on - a duck with her mature brood splashing around a little further up and plenty of fly life to keep trout regularly rising.

The Daddly Longlegs was the most successful fly I used - and helped me land several fish during the day, both on the river and on the Stillwater lake at Langford. 

With water levels restored for the time being and the clarity of water superb the fishing is now as good as it has been all season.


A Fisherman's Journey......

Tony Mair has set out to catch a fish in every county of the UK, and despite an unconvincing first visit elsewhere on the Frome he returned and fished the Wrackleford Home Beat recently with an altogether different result.

"My second visit to the Frome was entirely better….memorable, fulfilling and a complete joy!"

Despite a slightly adverse condition day the river fished well and gave for a completely memorable experience, particulary the second fish :

"The second, fought like a demon, and I believe it to be the largest brown I have taken from an English river at between 2 ½ and 2 ¾ lbs….and even better"

You can find out more about his adventures around the country and read the full blog article on his visit at http://afishermansjourney.com/2011/06/05/dorset/

Mayfly Season in Full Swing

The has been much talk of the mayfly coming early this year with the warm weather - certainly we have seen early butterflies and sporadic mayfly however the first evening that I have seen a really proper hatch with them hanging in the warm evening air was the night before last.  The first hatch was a little early, however it has only just developed with this warmer weather - that said I was on the river on Monday and the poor mayfly were being propelled by the strong wind like they carried jet engines !

The recent rain has washed through the river system leaning it clear, and the second growth of ranunculus has left the river now in fine condition.

We are seeing good late morning fly life, which drops off over lunch (opportunity to extended pub lunch !), then the main hatch developing late afternoon into the evening.

Finally some rain !

Finally we are at the beginning of May and a little rain is falling.  The bright sunshine of the last few weeks has been a wonderful start to the year, but it does also bring its problems and any rain that now falls will be very welcome to top up the depleted ground waters and water the plants and crops.

The unseasonably high temperatures have brought forward the hatchings of some insects - I have heard of butterflies emerging a couple of weeks early, and even a couple of Mayfly appearing.  The nights however have remained relatively cool so the waters have not warmed up comparitavely.  The most unhelpful aspect of the lack of rain has been the Algae bloom that has discoloured the deeper sections of the river - hopefully this will now have the chance to clear.

Fishing reports have been mixed, with best fly hatches from lunch time onwards, so don't rush to the river at dawn !  The most popular fly seems to have been the Grey Duster, although the first Mayfly have just been spotted.