Fish the beautiful Dorset Stour
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Let us know what you'd like to see here and what you've caught.
Go to 'Contacts' and email Secretary.


Email or phone your catches to the Secretary - click on 'Contacts' - and we'll get the news on the website and in the local press.
19th September 2019
We have a new outlet for S&HAA permits: the Fiddleford Inn. For more details click on 'Permits and Prices'.
5th March 2020
Members please note that the tackle shop at Todber Manor will no longer be selling S&HAA Season permits (Day and Week sales continue) or Lodden Lakes permits. They will remain available via our Membership Secretary:
Click on 'Contacts'
20 July 2020
Once again the crowds have arrived to take advantage of the good weather and our river. Several members have reported incidents preventing any enjoyment of angling because of the inconsiderate, selfish behaviour of some of these 'visitors'. Boating on the river is not allowed without the express permission of the Hinton St Mary Estate. The 'boats' along with with litter, trespass and disturbance of the wildlife is intolerable and any comments or complaints made by anglers nearly always results in ignorant abuse.
Members please note that any incidence of anti-social behaviour should be reported by calling 101 and it is advisable to report incidents also to :  this will ensure that a permanent record of the report is created. More serious incidents where life may be in danger or a crime is in progress should be reported by dialling 999.
With suspected illegal fishing or pollution occurrences the environment Agency should be called on 0800 807060.
The important thing to note is that if incidents are not reported nothing will be done about them, the more incidents are reported the more likely action will be taken by the authorities.

5th August 2020
In the last few days there has been a report of MINK being seen at Fiddleford weirpool. This is the first reported sighting of these destructive animals for about 20 years. If you see any mink activity please report it to a committee member - click on 'Contacts' above.
Please note that the grass has been cut at Sowley and Little Ham fields above Fiddleford weirpool hence fishing there from now on is OK.
'Visitors' should not be swimming in the river where you are fishing and should refrain from doing so. The use of any form of boat without permission from the Hinton St Mary Estate is expressly forbidden, the people who are currently allowed are four club members, for river maintenance purposes, and the Bryanston School for their annual canoe race held every December. Note that there is No Public Right of Navigation on English and Welsh non-tidal rivers. This has been stated in law texts and supported by case law. If canoeists claim to have the right to canoe via membership of British Canoeing (formerly the British Canoe Union) they are wrong.

14th Sep 2020
Many thanks to members Jamie Bumby and Paul David for volunteering for the important job of general maintenance at Mappowder.

Members please note that the area below the car park, next to the mill entrance at Sturminster is NOT to be used as a car park. If you want to fish by the wall by all means transport your tackle down there but then park in the proper car park.
24th August 2020
S&HAA member and England International Des Shipp won last Sunday's closely-fought match on the river at Sowley and Ham fields length with 10lb-odd of roach and returned to the Ham stretch today for a practice session.
The river had risen a foot or so after the recent rain, the colour was good and there was a nice flow on the water. These good conditions proved perfect for an excellent few hours of roach fishing and Des caught a superb net of quality fish totalling 35lb with fish up to 12ozs.
17th September 2020
The outlet for tickets sales at Candy's Newsagents in Sturminster will no longer be selling S&HAA angling permits.
All tickets can still be obtained at March's Electrical in Sturminster, the Fiddleford Inn, Conyers in Blandford, Revels Fishery and the Todber Manor tackle shop will continue to sell Day and Week tickets only.
All tickets continue to be available from Keith goddard, Membership Secretary, click on 'Contacts'  for details.
5th November 2020
As you are aware the Lockdown in England has been reintroduced. The sport of angling is considered as a permissable outdoor recreation but a maximum of only two people may fish "together" - the 'Rule of Six' is changed to '...two'.
Lots more details on the Angling Trust website at
Note that if you fish at Lodden there must be at least one unoccupied peg between anglers. The same rule applies at Mappowder.
Matches are also not permitted until the end of the lockdown.

16th Nov 20
With the river out of sorts recently there have been no matches but a few anglers have managed to fish on the weirpools where sometimes the high waters don't completely prevent angling.
Last Friday a couple of guys from the PI Thatchers team fished the weirpool at Sturminster and, in spite of the near-flooded river, had a good day.
Fishing ledgered worm on a feeder rig Rob Mann had a nice 6lb bream and Mark Harper had around 40lb of good bream up to 6lbs in the nextpeg. The bream often oblige when the river is up and a bit coloured and so it proved on the day.
22nd November
Go to 'Permits and Prices' page for details of how to purchase during Lockdown
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