Fly Fishing Forums


Go Back   Fly Fishing Forums > General Fly Fishing Forums > Trout and Grayling Fishing
Forums Register Blogs FAQ Members List Social Groups Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Like Tree395Likes

Reply
 
Share LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #181  
Old 01-01-2017, 07:34 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 45
georgeh28 is on a distinguished road
Default Grayling from Winter rivers

Thursday saw me and a friend head to a local stretch on the Avon in search of Grayling.
The weather was bitterly cold and very bright which didn't help matters.
The majority of the day was spent wondering the banks looking for potential spots and we both caught a few good chub while doing a spot of course fishing.
I then decided to head to a very shallow stretch just as the sun was starting to dip and was lucky enough that on my first run through, I was blessed with this beauty. Click the image to open in full size.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Tailing Loop, Dunk, dave b and 5 others like this.
Reply With Quote
  #182  
Old 01-01-2017, 07:50 PM
haggstock's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Halifax
Posts: 2,723
haggstock will become famous soon enough
Default Re: Grayling from Winter rivers

What a great photograph
parrot likes this.
Reply With Quote
  #183  
Old 01-01-2017, 09:16 PM
dave b's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: UK
Posts: 1,925
dave b is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Grayling from Winter rivers

Haggstock fully agree it can be difficult to get the angler and fish but catching the moment and appreciation makes it one to treasure, particularly when you get older and look back on the years and time you spent on the bank
Reply With Quote
  #184  
Old 01-01-2017, 09:18 PM
richfish1's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Shropshire & Mid Wales
Posts: 6,049
richfish1 is a jewel in the roughrichfish1 is a jewel in the rough
Default Re: Grayling from Winter rivers

The colours of that grayling have been captured beautifully in that photo.
Nice one George.
dave b and parrot like this.
Reply With Quote
  #185  
Old 02-01-2017, 07:57 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 45
georgeh28 is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Grayling from Winter rivers

Thanks guys. I was lucky that I had a friend to take a few quick snaps as I usually head to this stretch on my own. I am debating getting the waders back on today and heading back although I should really be doing washing and ironing shirts in preparation for work tomorrow!! :-(


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Reply With Quote
  #186  
Old 02-01-2017, 04:27 PM
Dunk's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Wales
Posts: 909
Dunk is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Grayling from Winter rivers

Little trip out in the cold... and fog. The photo's tell the tale. A lot of ice chipping off rings and frozen, jammed reels. 8 fish each, mainly grayling and a few out of season trout that were feeding in the sub zero temperatures, and were in great condition. Large and drab nymphs were preferred - long shank #10 caddis patterns mostly. Great fun.

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.
Reply With Quote
  #187  
Old 02-01-2017, 05:35 PM
bibio1st's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: macclesfield
Posts: 6,506
Blog Entries: 1
bibio1st is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Grayling from Winter rivers

Some nice photos and grayling there Dunk.

I also had a few hours this afternoon on my local river, I was expecting good things with a bit of extra water on and a hint of colour, then again what do I know , started upstream of the crossing point on three sections that usually produce some fish, nothing on the first two and one at the bottom of the third bit, gave it more time here but no more showed, went down river to the limit of our stretch and worked back up without any signs, at about 4.15 I went back up to where I had my first fish and managed a second grayling about half as big again at 12oz or so, this one came about 10 meters further up, again nothing else showed so called it a day, when I got back to my car my net was frozen to my back and the reel had frozen up

Steve
Dunk and heathenwoods like this.
__________________
"You cannot erase a love letter with a nipple, no matter how rubbery" Ivor Cutler.
Reply With Quote
  #188  
Old 03-01-2017, 01:26 PM
rausage
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Grayling from Winter rivers

Just a quick post from my trip on Monday.

The missus treated me to a few quids-worth of fishing videos on Vimeo for Christmas, so I'd spent the last couple of days watching HD videos of 50cm+ NZ brownies and trophy grayling - so was pumped to get out on my own little slice of river and see whether I could tempt a few tiddlers from the shopping-trolley/traffic cone-strewn waters

The stretch I fished consists of a series of pools, with some strong riffles in between. I started off high-sticking with two nymphs, targeting slack water amongst the faster riffles, and through the tails of pools in waist-deep water. I picked up a few decent size fish, usually one from each pool - so the going felt fairly slow. I was trying to 'lead' the flies a little more than usual, (following recent discussions on this thread) which i think helped pick up a couple of fish that I might otherwise have missed.

To be honest I was a little surprised that I wasn't contacting more fish in some of the slower, deeper water, so changed tactics a little to finish off the day. It felt like maybe the fish were occupying slightly different water than I'd been assuming. The wind had picked up a bit too, so I switched to the duo and fished through a shallower stretch of riffles and pools. It turned out to be a good move, and I had another 15 or so fish - all to a 2.5mm metallic pink-beaded dark GRHE nymph, under a poly-yarn caddis that I usually use for the duo. There were loads of fish sat in the shallowish (knee deep) riffles, especially as they dropped off into pools with clean gravel. Couple pics here:

[img][/img] [img][/img]

So this is another thumbs up for the duo - proof that you dont always need to be high sticking with heavy tungsten to find fish at this time of year. The duo also picked up a number of fish in the really slow, swirling tail end of a weir pool that I'd already failed to catch in with 2 nymphs. I'll remember that.

**edit - forgot to add that i also got a fish to the dry! One very confused brownie who smashed the caddis despite it being 2deg C**
Dunk, dave b, theyounggun and 3 others like this.

Last edited by rausage; 03-01-2017 at 05:52 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #189  
Old 03-01-2017, 04:14 PM
heathenwoods's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Derbyshire
Posts: 1,014
heathenwoods is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Grayling from Winter rivers

I'm just warming up again after a chilly first day of the year on the river. The clouds made for a drab,grey day which I was quite pleased about. The river was dropping again after Sunday's rain and was a peaty colour, like a Hebridean malt. I thought it was going to be a great day. And then I walked out of the shelter of the trees anbd had the top layer of the skin of my face taken off by an icy blast. It was windier than I thought.

After two hours I decided I really should go home and warm up. I'd had three fish and got me off the mark for the new year. I think the fish were doing some kind of role reversal experiment. The two grayling (a 9" stripling and a decent fish of a pound or so) went for a drab little (16) beadheaded PTN whilst the OOS trout (I'd say brown but it was a lovely buttery yellow) went for the gaudy, shiny multicoloured perdigon that was providing ballast.

I should add: it all sounds a bit grim but I've come back strangely enervated and clear-minded
Dunk, wobbly face, dave b and 1 others like this.
__________________
https://troutsearcher.blogspot.co.uk/

Last edited by heathenwoods; 03-01-2017 at 04:17 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #190  
Old 03-01-2017, 04:29 PM
troutbum67
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Grayling from Winter rivers

...............................

Last edited by troutbum67; 13-02-2017 at 02:10 PM.
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fishing rivers in winter mf2015 General Fly Fishing Discussion 9 11-09-2015 07:32 PM
As Winter Ebbs on Atlantic Salmon Rivers Editor Salmon Fishing 0 24-04-2015 02:40 PM
Which Winter Grayling day ticket rivers? atlanticspringer Trout and Grayling Fishing 18 01-10-2010 10:12 PM
Winter Rivers UK Style Skateboard Dave Fly fishing for other species 8 07-12-2008 01:01 PM















All times are GMT. The time now is 03:05 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1
2006-2017 Fish&Fly Ltd