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  1. #361
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    Default Re: The New 2018/19 Grayling thread.

    I had a day on the Dee 17th Feb fishing the Bala AA water.
    Went for a lesson with Andy Clift and John Tyzack on a Fishon Productions teaching day with a few other guys.
    Level was lower than the guys had hoped for and water very clear. We fished French Leader but a strong wind made it hard work. I picked up one grayling in the morning session but some of the guys fishing below in faster water did well. I managed a second by poaching the water behind them before we moved down river. Second session I managed 2 grayling, lost 2 and bumped a third. All fish about the 12 inch mark.
    Loads learnt again and a great day out.
    If anyone is wanting to get into river fishing, improve their techniques or learn new techniques, then keep an eye on the Fishon Productions website. They are hoping to do a teaching day every month covering different aspects of river fishing. I'm hoping to be able to attend a few more, work permitting ......... and the wife.

    Now yesterday I ventured out on my own. I chose a difficult river, that's how it turned out. First pool looked good, nothing doing initially but had a change as I saw a couple of LDOs come off. Change to grey nymph on point which resulted in the only grayling of the day.
    Met two guys who had just joined the club and was only out to walk the river. Unfortunately I couldn't give them any encouragement to get excited about the fishing. I chatted to them again on their return back. They hadn't spotted anything.
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    Default Re: The New 2018/19 Grayling thread.

    Back on my usual haunt today, well it was cloudy though still no water.
    I fished for half hour without a touch, noticed a few LDOs on the wing so put a grey nymph with 2mm bead on top dropper, 2mm met pink bead quill body partridge nymph on middle and 2.5 mm bead purple nasty on jig hook on point. Next hour and fifteen minutes I managed 5 grayling and lost 2, the last due to point fly catching bottom. 4 took the met pink bead quill partridge.
    Stopped for lunch and things went down hill, not just the flow of the river. Had an oss brown then noticed the river colouring up! Had a walk and it was quite a bit up river before it was clearing, didn't see any thing running in. Missed a lot of good water out. Started again only to be met with a few more oos browns before getting another graylng, again to the met pink bead quill. Then lost a last grayling, hook just pulled out but I was left in a tangle so called it day.
    Spoke to mill worker (mill next to the river), he mentioned the river colouring up and also seeing certain people taking fish. So only a short session and nothing big, all the big ones must have dinner. Surprised then at catching the oos browns.
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  3. #363

    Default Re: The New 2018/19 Grayling thread.

    Got out today, first time for a fortnight or so, hadn't gone as strong sun not helping with gin clear water. This morning a bit cloudy, thought it may be better.
    When parked the car and started tackling up, found I had forgotten my waistcoat, which apart from bits and pieces had my box of bugs and ready made up jig rigs. Cursed myself and everyone I knew. Thought of going home, but found in my bag a box of spiders, so rigged up a spider 12ft line with 3 spiders. Went to a different stretch than planned, where thought spiders may work, as hoped that something may hatch and fish may rise. Fished right down a good bubbly stretch, not a thing. Then found in my bag a small, probably size 16, old gold beaded hare's ear nymph. Not sure if tungsten or brass metal, but tied it on the point and tried again. Pretty soon, a good 30cm grayling. Then an oos brown. then nothing more. Lunch time by now, saw maybe 3 small flies come off, but not a single rise or sign of a fish. Tried another stretch - usually good - on way to car park but nothing doing. Met another angler arriving, who had come from another beat in desperation, so it wasn't just me. Then another turned up from another beat, also looking for fish.
    A lovely morning, all conditions right - except the fish didn't agree.

    Hmm - even the so-and-so picture is upside down! The river did look lovely.
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    Default Re: The New 2018/19 Grayling thread.

    My only chance to get out this week.
    Forecast was for moderate breeze, not the blustery gale force winds which did occur.
    River up and a bit coloured, that didn't bother me as long as I didn't get a repeat of happened last Thursday. Glad to say it didn't.
    Started with a heavier point fly than normal due to extra water, got too many rock bottoms. Went lighter but too light. eventually got it right but then needed to find a sheltered spot of the river without all the wind. When I did find the stretch, I had to fish short. used the rod at 8ft where 9ft would have been better. When I eventually got a cast and drift where I wanted it, first fish of the day. Came out of shallower water with a bit of pace but at least it was reasonable clear. Took a grey nymph with metallic hot pink bead I had on point. Couldn't get another though from the spot.
    The deeper water was definitely more coloured below the top layer so decided to concentrate on the shallow parts, wind allowing. On one section, my point fly caught on some trailing vegetation, this lifted the top dropper and a fish had a go at it. Felt the pluck but no hook up. Then noticed an LDO and shortly after a rise. I didn't make any changes but had a go at dibbling the top dropper a bit before lifting off to recast. Resulted in another offer and again missed. Decided to fish a section that runs under trees, this gave a bit of shelter from the wind and resulted in a second fish, this time to the middle dropper. Met pink bead, quill bodied partridge nymph. After that the wind was just to strong and swirling down stream.
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    Default Re: The New 2018/19 Grayling thread.

    Good to see people are getting out during the warm spell. I'm having serious withdrawal symptoms. Plus the fact I have the vision tane in a 10ft 3# to try out. Cant wait to get back on the water.

    Anyone used the tane before ?

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    Default Re: The New 2018/19 Grayling thread.

    I'm in a bit of a no mans land at the moment.

    It's getting a bit late for tweed grayling, and there is no river fishing open until 1st April.

    However, the reservoir opens on the 15th March (for wild brownies), so if the weather remains mild then I will start my season. Last year was a disaster at this time as much of the water was covered in ice!

    Should we maybe think about opening a 2019 trout thread soon?


    Douglas

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    Default Re: The New 2018/19 Grayling thread.

    This weekend the river is very high, with more rain forecast.
    Don't think I can get out by next weekend.

    So, for me, ze graylink fishink is over.


    Say hello Mr Brown.

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