Meadow Lake, Tolpuddle
Wessex Fly Fishing has been featured in all the leading game fishing publications over the years and has built up an enviable reputation for excellent sport combined with a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
We have been running fly fishing in Dorset for over 40 years. Countless fishermen have enjoyed our waters, many returning every year.
Peacefully situated in the lush watermeadows beside a famous Dorset chalk stream ( the River Piddle) the fishery boasts five lakes and pools giving plenty of variety: Meadow Lake (2 ½ acres), School Pool ( ½ acre) The Bowl ( ¼ acre), The Oxbow ( ½ acre) and Church Pool ( ¼ acre).
The finest rainbow trout available are stocked regularly ranging in size from 1 ¾ lbs to over 4 lbs with an average of c. 2 ½ lbs. To add excitement a few considerably larger fish are also stocked.
The water is usually beautifully clear allowing the thrill of stalking individual fish, however please note early in the seaon it is not unusual for one or two of the pools to carry some colour.
Fly life can be exceptional at times with hatches of buzzers, pond olives, sedges and damsel flies. All the popular stillwater fly patterns are effective; buzzers, goldhead nymphs , damsel nymphs and small lures to highlight a few.
Those visiting for the first time can be assured they will be fishing one of Dorset’s favourite and best known fisheries.
Tickets and Prices: ALL NEW FOR 2023.
The last year has been a difficult time for Stillwater trout fisheries and trout farms. The war in Ukraine has resulted in a huge increase in fish feed costs; stocking costs have shot up by 25%. This, coupled with the cost of living crisis understandably dampening demand for leisure activities, means we have decided it is time for something completely new at our lakes!
We will now offer a choice of tickets:
For £26 take the first fish you catch and then release three more.
For £35 take the first two fish you catch then release three more.
We think this will enable you to enjoy more time at the lakes per visit giving better value for money; we anticipate the £26 ticket will be the most popular and is a big saving on last season’s cheapest ticket at £32 for two fish taken.
We look forward to seeing more of you than last season enabling us to keep our beautiful lakes open for business.
When visiting please keep to a few simple catch and release guidelines:
- Use barbless hooks or pinch barbs down with long nosed pliers.
- Play fish as quickly as you can.
- Handle fish as little as possible and wet your hands in the mesh of your net before handling,
When fishing for your first one or two fish to be taken (ie when you start fishing) you may use barbed hooks but please remember to change to barbless thereafter.
THE SEASON:“STOP PRESS:”
Lakes closure suspended!! We have decided NOT TO CLOSE ON 19TH JULY since the weather has cooled and the fishing remains good. Please book on line as usual, as a last resort if this gives any problems please come to Lawrences Farm and pay by posting correct money in an envelope through our door
See Above.OPEN March 19th to July 19th.
CLOSED July 20th to August 31st.
OPEN 1st September to 15th November.
Opening Time: 08-30
BOOKING ON LINE WILL OPEN APPROXIMATELY TWO WEEKS BEFORE OPENING.
Book Online – click below
Opening Time: 08-30
In addition our “Wessex Chalk Streams” business is very proud to offer an unrivalled range of day ticket beats on Dorset’s rivers Frome, Piddle and their side streams (known as “carriers”). We hope the description of the rivers and the individual beats will encourage you to visit us.
Comfortable B&B is also available enabling you to combine staying with us and fishing with us (there is a reduction in river beat pices for B&B residents).
Thank you for all these wonderful photographs David
Where are we?
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Tuition and guiding is offered by Ian Pople ( 07740613190). Ian is a qualified instructor please contact him direct since we are unable to take bookings for his services.
Fly Fishing Courses, Casting Tuition & Expert Local Knowledge: Contact Ian Pople HERE: 07740613190