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  1. #251
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    Default Re: The New 2018/19 Grayling thread.

    Fished for 3 hours on Upper Tweed today. Caught zilch. Here's my excuses.

    Water now getting a bit low.
    Water very clear.
    Bright sunshine
    Not enough cloud cover.

    On the plus side, I thought that I fished really quite well, but unfortunately the grayling disagreed.

    Another plus - I forgot my camera - Having a blank is a good day to forget the camera!


    Douglas

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    Default Re: The New 2018/19 Grayling thread.

    Afternoon all,

    Been quite a while since I last posted anything, so hope I haven't missed much

    I've had a few of days targeting the grayling over the autumn/winter, but nothing to write home about. I've had plenty of extra-curricular activities to keep me off the water for the last few months, and I just can't seem to muster up the same enthusiasm for winter grayling as I can for the trout season. I think its the variety that medium-sized freestone rivers offer when fishing for trout. Exploring pockets and undercut banks and fast-flowing pools with a light nymphing outfit is basically the reason why I love fly fishing. When the grayling move into the slower, smoother water and 'proper' czech nymphing become the order of the day, I find that my days out just don't quite do it for me in the same way.

    I'm assuming that the mild winter has probably meant that grayling have hung around in some slightly more interesting water. I haven't really fished enough to figure that out though... I did get out on Saturday for a session though, and really enjoyed it. Maybe it was the time away, maybe it was that I just really needed a few hours to properly switch off; but in any case it was one of those days that keeps you coming back.

    I fished a river that I often go to, on a (free-ish) stretch that seems to be pretty-lightly fished. This stretch is really good trout water but also holds plenty of grayling. There are some really deep pools, lots of shallow riffly bits and the smooth-bottomed, steadier glides that grayling seem to like at certain times of the year. I was intent on just taking my time, concentrating on water that I wanted to fish (rather than the slower water that I had a feeling might be more productive) and to enjoy whatever the day wanted to give me. It was pretty mild, not too breezy and grey overhead all day, with the river running fairly low and a tad coloured.

    I rigged up with my standard nymphing set-up - Snowbee 9'6 #3, .35 fluro line, a length of in-line sighter and a pretty short length of tippet. Two nymphs went on and stayed there for most of the day - a 3mm silver and purple perdigon and a drab/brown shrimp on the dropper.

    I'll cut the actual fishing story down to a few 'highlights'. My thoughts about the mild winter seemed to be correct - I targeted the slightly faster areas of water and managed to pick off quite a few fish. I was typically looking to fish the tails and soft spots of the pools and any dropoffs/lips where I seem to be able to find grayling fairly regularly. I bumped into one fish within the first handful of casts, and then caught another soon afterwards. A pretty big grayling came soon afterwards, followed by quite a few others as I progressed up the river. I was making a point of taking my time, stopping for a brew after every few pools and in carefully fighting each fish. The average size of fish taken was pretty high, probably around 12". I bumped into quite a few trout too - all big boys. These typically went apes**t after being hooked and proceeded to jump and flop around and test my reel (reminding me again why I enjoy trout season so much). All quickly returned, of course. I seem to connect with a lot of big trout in this river system in Jan/Feb/March. It seems that the bigger ones get back to feeding sooner. Anyone any thoughts on this?

    I wasn't exactly hitting cricket scores as the day went on, but Im very pleased with anything above 10 fish at this time of year. Considering the average size and quality of fish, it was a mint day out. I even landed a fish with my actual last cast, just as the sun was setting, from the thinnest bit of slack water that I'd seen all day! Ended with c. 15 fish including a number of really nice ones. More importantly, I sharpened my nymphing game a little and reminded myself why I need to get out on the water more often.

    Few pics on my instagram here:

    www.northern-fly.com on Instagram: “Saturday was my first day on the water for about a month. Was a belter: 6 or 7 good-sized ladies, a few smaller ones, and 2 big post-spawn…”

    Tight lines everyone
    Last edited by northern_fly; 09-01-2019 at 02:41 PM.
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  3. #253
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    Default Re: The New 2018/19 Grayling thread.

    Fished the Tweed at Walkerburn today. Quite a pleasant day, very mild 10 degrees.

    A couple of fish and lost a couple, one of which was a thumper. Why is it you always lose the biggies?

    River getting a bit low now, so concentrated on some of the deeper faster pools.

    Couldn't get to fish my 'banker' pool because of big swan taking residence there all day!

    Some pics to follow.


    Douglas





    Another couple of anglers fishing upstream of me, one of which caught a very good fish.




    A bit battle scarred.


    Couldn't get to fish this pool, I think it knew it was annoying me!
    Last edited by eddleston123; 10-01-2019 at 03:43 PM.

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    Default Re: The New 2018/19 Grayling thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by eddleston123 View Post
    Fished the Tweed at Walkerburn today.
    Another couple of anglers fishing upstream of me, one of which caught a very good fish.
    A salmon perhaps?

    Reg Wyatt

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    Default Re: The New 2018/19 Grayling thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by eddleston123 View Post
    Fished the Tweed at Walkerburn today. Quite a pleasant day, very mild 10 degrees.

    A couple of fish and lost a couple, one of which was a thumper. Why is it you always lose the biggies?

    River getting a bit low now, so concentrated on some of the deeper faster pools.

    Couldn't get to fish my 'banker' pool because of big swan taking residence there all day!

    Some pics to follow.


    Douglas





    Another couple of anglers fishing upstream of me, one of which caught a very good fish.




    A bit battle scarred.


    Couldn't get to fish this pool, I think it knew it was annoying me!
    The tweeds a hard river to fish at the best of times. Even harder when there's other fisherman close by. That's why I prefer the lyne

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    Default Re: The New 2018/19 Grayling thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by Reg Wyatt View Post
    A salmon perhaps?

    Reg Wyatt
    Hi Reg,

    Both anglers were fishing for grayling. I was a good couple of hundred yards downstream when I saw the fish being netted. It looked like a grayling to me. Having said that it could have been a small salmon, but I doubt it.

    There is always the possibility of hooking a salmon when fishing with weighted nymphs.
    I've caught one on the Tweed and two on the Yarrow in recent years.


    Douglas
    Last edited by eddleston123; 10-01-2019 at 06:50 PM.

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    Default Re: The New 2018/19 Grayling thread.

    Hi Conor,

    I had fished for a couple of hours without seeing a soul. When these anglers arrived we had a chat and they started well upstream from me, so it was no trouble to me.

    I am told that the week in between xmas and new year, the area above and below manor bridge was like Princess St! I simply wouldn't fish in a stretch that got as crowded as that. The river is long enough to find a free stretch were it is only me myself and I!


    You are correct regarding the river Lyne - I can't remember the last time I saw another angler. Unfortunately there is no fishing allowed for grayling during the winter months.


    ATB




    Douglas

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    Default Re: The New 2018/19 Grayling thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by eddleston123 View Post
    There is always the possibility of hooking a salmon when fishing with weighted nymphs.
    I suppose it depends on how heavy the nymph is! Always been a bit of a mystery to me that people are surprised to catch salmon on a weighted nymph when that's how they are fished for on the chalkstreams and else where. I guess it's down to the honesty of the rods wether they target salmon, trout or grayling although size and weight of nymph, fly and tippet usually gives a clue although that's another debate alltogether and not to detract from this wonderfull thread.
    I have fished at Upper Caberstoun and it really is a fantastic part of the Tweed.

    Reg Wyatt

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    Default Re: The New 2018/19 Grayling thread.

    Had half a dozen little grayling on Pickering Beck today using the French leader - a system I'm not hugely confident with but am improving with each outing. I use a 10ft Snowbee 3wt, with two beaded nymphs. This was one of the better fish:

    The New 2018/19 Grayling thread.-pickbeckgrayling4_10jan19-jpg

    A few more pics here if anyone's interested:
    A few more little grayling to boost the confidence – The Hopelessly Optimistic Angler
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    Default Re: The New 2018/19 Grayling thread.

    Quick session as it was rather windy , managed a small grayling around the 9 inch mark on a size 20 Adams , only one month to go for a clean sweep on the dries , its the 35th consecutive month I have caught a trout or grayling on the dry fly .


    Fished nymphs for around a hour or so and picked up 8 grayling , very hard work on the whole , January can be a difficult month , still it was nice to get some fresh air through the system .

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