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For Winterborne Zelston


A Two Fish Ticket

Member - £15         Guest - £20


For Rawlsbury Lakes


A Two Fish Ticket

Member - £15          Guest - £20


A Three Fish Ticket

Member - £22          Guest - £30


A Four Fish  Ticket

Member - £30          Guest - £40


A Five Fish Ticket

Member - £37       Guest - £50


Trout tickets are available online to members to buy using Paypal but you require a password to access the 'Buy Tickets Page'. Please note there is a £1 surcharge in addition to the prices above when buying online via PayPal.


If you do not have a password please email the Game Secretary


When using a PayPal receipt please record your catch return and PayPal purchase on the special tickets provided at the venues and post this in the returns box; as well as recording on the catch return sheets.


Trout tickets can also be obtained for members and their guests at:


Conyers, West Street, Blandford


Red Post Garage, A31, Winterborne Zelston


Castaways, 78 Ashley Road, Poole, BH14  9BN


Wessex Angling, 321 Wimborne Road, Poole, BH15 3DH



July has brought another dry and hot month. Apart from a few days of rain towards the back end of the month and some cooler temperatures, the summer continues to bring clear skies and sunshine.


Surprisingly the lake has less surface weed on it than last year. When the wind picks up approximately half of the lake surface is weed free. Of course the bottom growing weed is still a little high, and fishing is challenging but possible with a floating line and nymphs or small flies. But it is noticable that some of this bottom weed is already dying back. (Excess sun perhaps?). As advised last month, you might want to take a quick look before buying your ticket at the Red Post Garage. For those of you who fish Zelston regularly, the large fish which patrols the lake between the west jetty and the north-west corner is still there. (And has been most of the season I think). If you decide to fish a bit of stalking might be in order.


The swans are still in residence, as are a few Canada geese. If anyone notices the arrival of the large number of geese (which we had last year), please be kind enough to inform the club.


Surprisingly the lake has less surface weed on it than last year. When the wind picks up approximately half of the lake surface is Despite the hot weather we've received two interesting emails from members who have fished at Rawlsbury in July. One member put in an evening session and one fished in the early morning. Both had similar experiences. Fish were moving on the surface on Chapmans and many rises were seen. Catching was not overly difficult on a buzzer or small fly using a floating line. There is surface weed, as is usual this time of year, but about but half the lake, at the far end, is easily fishable. Fish were taken from swims on both banks.


The common factor here is obviously the lower temperatures experienced early or later in the day. Hot sunny afternoons are not ideal. Also one of the large browns was seen leaving the water in pursuit of a fly. And don't forget the tagged fish are in there somewhere!


There are fish in Cowlease, and here also you may need to work around some floating weed. At least three of our members have reported catching brown trout up at Viners.


Hopefully we'll soon get some cooler weather, but please don't be afraid to give it a go early or late in the day.




The weather through May and June this year has been hot and sunny. Great for a day on the beach, but a little more challenging for trout fishing. If you are able to do your fly fishing early morning or late afternoon/early evening no doubt this will improve your chances.


The water level at the lake is holding up well at the end of June. But be aware that the weed is now a good deal more prominent and some patience might be needed to deal with the conditions. Fish are being caught but you will note from the Catch Report Sheets that less people are fishing here than they were earlier in the season. The Club hopes to do some weed removal to improve the fishing conditions.


As always, please help out by clearing the outlet grill when you fish here. The paddock has been mowed and cleared by our local contact in the village and Gordon has kindly kept on top of the mowing and strimming.


You may well find the resident swans with their signets if you visit, as well as a couple of families of Canada geese.


Chapmans Lake and Cowlease were both stocked at the beginning of June. A range of different sizes went into the lakes. Because the normal larger rainbows were in short supply our fish supplier provided a number of good sized brownies for Chapmans are no extra cost. So this lake now contains a nice mix of fish: large and smaller rainbows, tagged rainbows (to win a free 3 fish ticket) and a selection of brown trout. The brownies in Chapmans you can of course take home if you wish but as always if you fish Viners please handle the fish carefully and return them.


Fish are being caught regularly and Chapmans is by far our easiest lake to fish at the moment, as much of the lake is still clear of weed. However, with the weather, it may take a little time to fill your ticket.


There are swans at present on Chapmans and Canada geese on Viners.


Seven of our members took part in a work party on the 12th June and continued with the good work done the previous month. Mowing and strimming of the paths and swims around Chapmans was carried out, as well as swim clearance. Access to fish this lake is looking the best that it has for some time and the Club would like to thank our volunteers for there efforts.


Please enjoy your fishing.



Car parking outside the lodge

Dam bank swims cleared

Swim wood and vegetation cleared


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What's happening over the coming months....

>>  We're delighted to announce that the Club now has access to five day tickets at both Orchard Lakes Fishery as well as Revels Fishery. See our venues page for more details.


>>  Our new for 2018 Annual Photography Competition has now launched. A designated page on the website is now live. Get your entry in for the chance to win a free annual membership.


>> Have a look at our new fish safety section from the main menu. Designed to provide  fundamental information on how best to target and land large fish. Have a read and if you think we can add any info, please get in touch.