Wild Trout and Grayling fishing 2021.

sean freeman

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Had 2 chub when fly fishing, a good one of about 3lb off the Don on a beaded nymph, the other about 3oz on a streamer that was almost as big as the fish off the Dane😁

Steve
I’m going to start targeting them over winter, I’ve joined a club which has a river with chub to over 6lbs, barbel into doubles, big perch and the odd pike! A bit of a change from grayling fishing which I must admit doesn’t excite me as much as it used to! 😅
 

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Barbel on the fly could be fun, a step up in terminal tackle would be needed, depending on the amount of water they have to swim in.

Steve
It’s crystal clear too so could sight fish them, must do some research on barbel on the fly so I have some idea of what to do. The chub and perch I’ll be able to get on streamers, I don’t think the pike are worth targeting on the fly.
 

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Went out for a couple of hours a few days ago.
I really wanted to keep trying euronymphing this season. With the rivers so low I've been unable to do so but dry fly fishing is really poor, so decided to have a go anyway.
It's been hard work and have been trying to find fish right in the head of pools.
I've found a nice fish in a shallow section under some branches than took the nymph and shot off upstream, I tried to let it take the little line I had off the reel but my index finger gripped it a bit too much and it broke me off.
In the end managed 4 fish, one of which was a salmon parr I believe.
 

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Top end of the river freshened up a bit with the recent rain, still low but temperature down to 15c this evening, concentrated on the faster bits of water again, bumping fish for fun on the nymphs, I’d tied up some fresh nymphs as I did the same last time out and though the hook might have been slightly blunted though didn’t feel it, any way 15 or so stuck, had fish from 3 bits of water I’d not caught in before which pleased me, shame there’s a tree down at the bottom of a short run that usually produces which prevents getting a line in, why do .they always fall across good water:rolleyes: enjoying using the 7ft drift with a French leader on the small river, I was using the Rio nymph line previously but the fl is a big improvement, nothing over 8oz this evening but good fun.
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I'm away for a week from tomorrow up to Rannoch Moor, Scotland.

I'm hoping to escape for a day or two's fishing, although that is far from guaranteed.

All a bit negative at the moment as I'm told they have drought conditions and the fishing on Loch Laidon has been dire. However, that won't put me off. Should I get away, I'll give it my best shot.

All the best.



Douglas
 
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Top end of the river freshened up a bit with the recent rain, still low but temperature down to 15c this evening, concentrated on the faster bits of water again, bumping fish for fun on the nymphs, I’d tied up some fresh nymphs as I did the same last time out and though the hook might have been slightly blunted though didn’t feel it, any way 15 or so stuck, had fish from 3 bits of water I’d not caught in before which pleased me, shame there’s a tree down at the bottom of a short run that usually produces which prevents getting a line in, why do .they always fall across good water:rolleyes: enjoying using the 7ft drift with a French leader on the small river, I was using the Rio nymph line previously but the fl is a big improvement, nothing over 8oz this evening but good fun.
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Steve
Well done mate..
 

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I'm away for a week from tomorrow up to Rannoch Moor, Scotland.

I'm hoping to escape for a day or two's fishing, although that is far from guaranteed.

All a bit negative at the moment as I'm told they have drought conditions and the fishing on Loch Laidon has been dire. However, that won't put me off. Should I get away, I'll give it my best shot.

All the best.



Douglas
Await the update.
 

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I had a cracking early morning session today.
Things started slowly and I struggled to find fish. First one was a mere 5in trout but that meant I wasn't going to blank today.
Followed by a nice size feisty trout that took a nymph at the head of a small pool, then dashed downstream to faster water, I managed to catch up with it and held it in the current but it broke me off before I could scoop it up. It was roughly 16".
I kept working my way upstream and caught a very distinctive grayling. It had a scar indentation on the back and 2 raw scars on either "cheek". I straight away recognised that fish. Took a couple of pics and released it. I've checked the photos on my phone and found that I caught that same fish 3 weeks ago (sorry grayling!). I can't remember exactly the spot but it was in that general area. I think the wounds are healing well compared to how they were.
First two pics are from 3 weeks ago, the other two from today.
First time ever that it happens to me and I find it quite incredible actually.
I continued fishing a few more hours and caught 2 good size trouts around 18".
Ended up with 6 graylings and 5 trouts all on nymphs. There were generally good size fish but some fry in the mix as well.
 

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GEK79

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I had a cracking early morning session today.
Things started slowly and I struggled to find fish. First one was a mere 5in trout but that meant I wasn't going to blank today.
Followed by a nice size feisty trout that took a nymph at the head of a small pool, then dashed downstream to faster water, I managed to catch up with it and held it in the current but it broke me off before I could scoop it up. It was roughly 16".
I kept working my way upstream and caught a very distinctive grayling. It had a scar indentation on the back and 2 raw scars on either "cheek". I straight away recognised that fish. Took a couple of pics and released it. I've checked the photos on my phone and found that I caught that same fish 3 weeks ago (sorry grayling!). I can't remember exactly the spot but it was in that general area. I think the wounds are healing well compared to how they were.
First two pics are from 3 weeks ago, the other two from today.
First time ever that it happens to me and I find it quite incredible actually.
I continued fishing a few more hours and caught 2 good size trouts around 18".
Ended up with 6 graylings and 5 trouts all on nymphs. There were generally good size fish but some fry in the mix as well.
Great day all round lad well done.. We're they Nymphs you tied yourself.?
 

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Back on the top stretch if the river again yesterday afternoon, the bottom end of it this time, double nymphs and FL again, started slowly but picked up and like the other evening picked up fish from runs I’d not had a fish in since joining the club 6 years ago, getting on 12oz the best fish, a good size for this stretch, tried to snag me in the roots of this fallen tree
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Had this one later on of a similar size
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Plenty of smaller ones also, most fish to a copper beaded ptn with an orange tag which was the point fly.

Steve
 

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Last weekend I cut short a session, as the water temperature was over 20C. The rain we were promised this week didn’t touch the sides but at least the cooler last couple of days had lowered the water temperature to a much better 16 to 17.
I was having a pleasant early morning session on the nymphs, with a few modest trout to the net, when I broke my rod tip on some woodwork. I was in two minds whether to call it a day but I managed to whip the tip ring back on to the shortened tip using some dental floss that I carry for just such scenarios. And I’m glad I did, as I had another couple of trout, then I was surprised all of a sudden to be into a different calibre of fish altogether - a real thumping head shaker which shot off 50 yards upstream in a flash. I knew weeds might be a problem here - sure enough, it headed straight into a ranunculus bed and I had that sinking feeling when everything locked up solid. I waded out fearing the worst but once I had freed the line from round a boulder and into the weeds, miraculously the fish was still on! Down past where we started this time and into the pool below that. I kept as much pressure on as I dared and eventually I could sense the fish tiring. Shortly after, I slipped the net under a belter of a 4 pounder.
Hanak competition jig hooks have been bulletproof for me and remained so today but I'm glad I landed the trout when I did as the hook was just starting to straighten. Cheers, Billy.
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That's a very nice thumper indeed. I hope it wasn't a favorite rod , mind you, I'm on my third 8 footer this season! I don't know what's the matter with me this year. It's a case of "Rodney you ............"
 

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Was out yesterday, river seemed dead for the time of year.
Had a few trout to the nymphs, then started getting tortured by perch, literally every cast they were attacking my nymphs then shoaling together when hooked.
Had one small dollaghan about 1.5lb, real strange season tbh.
 

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That's a very nice thumper indeed. I hope it wasn't a favorite rod , mind you, I'm on my third 8 footer this season! I don't know what's the matter with me this year. It's a case of "Rodney you ............"
Cheers - yes it's annoying when you snap a section. No worries in this case though, as I've got a spare tip section at home.
 
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