CHARLES RANGELEY-WIL­SON’S FAB­U­LOUS FROME FISH­ERY

Trout & Salmon (UK) - - Properties For Sale - Charles Rangeley-wil­son framp­ton­fish­ery@gmail.com

Rivers have their fish­ing sto­ries, tall or not, but those of the Frome, as be­fits its rep­u­ta­tion as one of Eng­land’s best all-round game fish­eries, are mostly true: salmon up to 50 lb; large sea-trout; Bri­tish record grayling; mon­ster pike; and a 13 lb wild brown trout even­tu­ally landed in the dark in a clothes bas­ket. And the stur­geon that lived in the river for weeks, sur­viv­ing gun­shot and an ele­phant ri­fle, be­fore be­ing caught by rod with the help of a seine net. As re­quired it was of­fered to the King but, hav­ing been gra­ciously re­fused by Ge­orge V, its fi­nal rest­ing place was Dorset County Mu­seum. It was 9 ft long and weighed 230 lb. Ris­ing in west Dorset and flow­ing through the beau­ti­ful Wes­sex coun­try­side be­fore en­ter­ing the English Chan­nel near Ware­ham, the Frome can be de­cep­tive. Never very wide – in most places an en­thu­si­as­tic cast can lose you your fly in un­der­growth on the op­po­site bank – it varies from a dry-fly chalk­stream of the up­per reaches to deeper pools down­stream that can hold large fish. Now Charles Rangeley-wil­son, co-founder of the Wild Trout Trust, is to sell his Framp­ton Fish­ery, an un­stocked wild fish­ery run on a catch-and-re­lease ba­sis. Si­t­u­ated at Framp­ton, up­stream from Dorch­ester, it runs through the grounds of what was once Framp­ton House, a coun­try man­sion built in the early 18th cen­tury with grounds laid out by Ca­pa­bil­ity Brown in 1790. The park­land set­ting re­mains, al­though the house was de­mol­ished in the 1930s. The fish­ery ex­tends to just un­der 1,100 yards of dou­ble bank from the listed grade II Pea­cock Bridge up­stream to Sand­way’s Bridge. An estab­lished fish­er­man’s path runs along the right­hand (south­ern) bank. In the cen­tral part of the beat there is a free­hold strip of ri­par­ian land, and a small patch of free­hold land for park­ing (al­though in prac­tice it is eas­ier to park on the south side of the bridge). There is a good head of wild trout with a few up to 2 lb and last year one of 3 lb, as well as a grow­ing pop­u­la­tion of grayling.

£205,000

Looks invit­ing, doesn’t it? The Framp­ton beat ex­tends to 1,100 yards.

The or­nate Pea­cock Bridge over the Frome forms the lower limit.

The fish are wild, as one would ex­pect.

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