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Old 08-01-2017, 10:54 AM
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If you 're-paint' over the permanent marker with a dry wipe marker and then wipe off with a dry piece of kitchen towel or similar this may help remove the permanent marker. This method certainly works on a dry wipe board when a permanent marker has been mistakenly used, however I have never tried it on a fly line!

Good luck.
Certainly worth a try - it can't make it any worse!
Thank you.

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Simon I've got a line you can have
If I remember your rod is a 4 wt
Let me have your address and I'll post it
Looked like Danny was using a tenkara rod river looked to be flowing very quickly
Very kind - let's see if the dry wipe method works first though.
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Old 08-01-2017, 01:31 PM
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Yesterday I managed to get to the river for an hour. It was surprising how high the water was considering we haven't had much rain recently.
Time was against me and conditions weren't great but I managed to nab a grayling just shy of 1lb.
The fight was long due to the current so I decided to just try and grab a return shot. Click the image to open in full size.

I'm heading to the Itchen on the 15th with the centre pin. While I won't be fly fishing, I will share a few pics upon my return.


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Old 08-01-2017, 05:31 PM
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I was going to go to the Avon yesterday however with the rain on Friday night I decided to give it a miss and venture out today as in theory the river should be dropping and clearing, the water temps would be rising after two days of warm temps - So much for the theory and planning

Got to the river with Klink and Dink set up took one look and did a U-Turn back to the car to swap my outfit for my nymphing rod and FL set up.

The river was heavily coloured and pushing through slightly. On getting back to the car park two other cars pulled up with Ben and Mark who'd drawn a blank further downstream and decided to change beats. It wasn't sounding very promising but we had a good chat, wished each other luck and I set off for the middle part of the beat while Ben and Mark headed for the top end.

To cut a long story short, I struggled throughout, cursed when I missed 2 bangs on the rod tip keeping too tight a line high sticking and then had the rod tip slammed down when a 3lb OOS BT took my peeping caddis a rod length upstream. It was a beautiful fish about 21 ins in excellent condition.

I also had 2 small grayling but that was it. Near the end I met up with Ben and Mark and Ben had had 5 fish on shrimps in out of one pool in short succession while Mark had managed 2 smaller fish.

I've never known the river fish as badly since I've been a member however visibility was down to 10 ins. In hindsight although I'm loath to use them, if I'd had some Squirmy worms I'm reasonably sure they would have made a difference.

The good news is that it wasn't dark when I got home at 16-45. There was a Blackbird singing the joys of spring this morning and there were LDO's and midge trickling off all day. Spring is just around the corner
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Old 08-01-2017, 06:12 PM
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In hindsight although I'm loath to use them, if I'd had some Squirmy worms I'm reasonably sure they would have made a difference.

Possibly Dave, but you have to be able to live with yourself and sleep easy at night.
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Old 11-01-2017, 10:28 AM
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The recent weather is a nightmare , Monday the river was coloured up , managed 2 grayling in a hour or so . Tuesday and the river was running high , did not bother even trying .

Today we have 45 to 50 mph gusts of wind , tomorrow looks like its going to be a colder day . Weekend looks promising , decided to give it a go . The fresh air will do me good .
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Old 11-01-2017, 03:37 PM
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I was determined not to let the weather get the better of me again , it was blowing a howler outside , I arrived at the river around 12 .45 pm , river was just a little higher than normal , the main problem was going to be the wind .

The fishing was very difficult , the leader and flies did turn over to a degree , the main problem was getting a smooth drift . It was a case of waiting for the wind to ease up and hope the nymphs would drift as good as they could .

The first pool I fished I did not manage to catch any grayling , I tried to keep a positive outlook and enjoy myself .

The next pool I managed 3 grayling , I was over the moon , the next pool also produced 5 more grayling .

I then had a really barren spell , must have been a hour without a touch , finally I managed another 2 grayling and had reached double figures .

I feel quite pleased with myself and glad I went out Winter grayling fishing in harsh conditions , at times the wind blew the water away in the riffles .

PTN and a Pink Shrimp were the nymphs used today .
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Old 12-01-2017, 04:54 PM
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A steady day on the nymphs , PTN , Hares Ears and Pink Shrimps caught plenty of grayling from selected pools , a lot of the pools seem absent from grayling , in 2010 the river seemed to be at its best and most pools held grayling .

Over the past few years the grayling have thinned down , this part of the river is still really good for trout , its a case of leaving the devoid pools alone and concentrating on known hot spots the grayling favour .

Caught a most beautiful wild Rainbow trout today ,it was fin perfect ,pity I did not have a camera on me . The fish fought very hard , it measured around 11 inch .

High light of the day was catching a grayling on the dry fly , managed a clean sweep on catching trout or grayling in all months of the year , depending on the season the fish are legal .
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Decided to try a urban part of the river today , the river was falling ,nice and clear , lots of nice pools to try .

The river as not been fishing to well of late , but you never know you might just have a decent day if things are in your favour .

Missed a fish in the first pool , managed 2 in the next swim , blanked in some prime water that was a banker pool .

After a while your confidence gets low and you start to try different flies , I tried drab flies , Flash Backs , Pink Jobbies and nothing .

Tried fly manipulation , induced takes , swung a few , retrieved faster than the water , nothing for a hour .

Next pool I fished it from top to bottom and managed 1 grayling , carried on upstream for 2 more hours and did not even have a bite .

Looking back on my data I found the month of January to be the toughest month of the year .

The perils of Winter grayling , managed a grand total of 3 fish , fished hard for a solid 4 hours .

I will keep battling on and who knows what I will catch the next time .
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Haven't contributed to the last couple of threads much due to work moving house and a lack of fishing opportunities.

I have had a couple of days out on my local river that has not produced as well as it should, though there are big fish is the smaller 10" fish that seem to be missing.

A day out on the Clyde last week was productive with over seven good sized fish caught, I would have had around 11 that day but lost count.

Approach was either nymphs fished close in deeper slower water or at range and upstream on a FL in the shallower faster water.

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Old 15-01-2017, 12:44 PM
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Well done Baz , I bet you were pleased to be out on the rivers , nice looking fish . Good to have you contributing once more .
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