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    Default Re: The New 2018/19 Grayling thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by mebu View Post
    great pics, and nice to see the fish being cradled rather than grabbed and squashed. I can never get them to stay still for long enough.
    Good write-up on the blog also.
    Peter
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    Default Re: The New 2018/19 Grayling thread.

    Nipped out for a few hours this afternoon , started off on the dries , hard work to be honest , quite a downstream wind , carried on for half a hour in hope I might catch a couple on the dry flies , managed a couple .


    Thought I would give some Spiders a whirl , good decision as I managed around 10 grayling in a nice faster riffle .


    There was some deeper water to have a go at in the same pool , switched over to a pair of light nymphs , a size 16 PTN on the point and a size 20 Hares Ear tied with a 2 mm black bead .


    The grayling preferred the small Hares Ear on the dropper , caught a few decent grayling , plus a double hook up , a Perch snaffled the point fly as I played the grayling .


    Took a walk downstream and managed more grayling in another faster piece of water , not as consistent as the first pool , but still worth the effort .


    Finished of fishing the Duo , it was not working as in previous visits , was fishing slow water around 2 to 3 foot deep , managed 2 grayling on the Duo .

    A steady days fishing , managed 35 grayling and 4 trout on various methods , nymphs and Spiders came out on top .

    Spiders used Partridge and Orange , in fact I used one on the point and one on the dropper , its a good fish catcher for me .
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    Sounds like a few hours well spent.

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    I went on the Lugg yesterday started around 10:00. In the first few runs I tried I was plagued by tiny Grayling probably last years offspring. They kept on sinking my fly so I put on a tungsten head nymph and had a couple of Grayling around the 6'' mark. I worked my way up river then on a tight right hand bend I spotted a fish rise The New 2018/19 Grayling thread.-dsc00357-jpg I couldn't see what it was taking so I tried a small black klinkhammer. It was difficult to present the fly because I had to cast across the back water to where the fast water enter the bend. Which meant my fly was travelling in the opposite direction to my fly line and the up stream breeze didn't help. When the fly hit the water I had a few seconds before it was dragged even with a mend in the line. After 4 cast and no joy I left it for while and watched the fish rising.Then I saw what it was rising to small grey olives were coming down the river. So I put on a iron blue dun and had another go first cast up it came,I mist it. not unusual has I have trouble connecting with Grayling on dry fly. My ratio one fish hooked in every five. Anyway the fish was still rising so I tried again and mist again but luckily I never touched. I watched and it was still rising so I cast one more time and it was third lucky. The New 2018/19 Grayling thread.-dsc00362-jpg Not a big fish but well deserved. As carried up the river the hatch was in full swing and I had some more Grayling on the dry fly. When it finished I went back on the nymph and finished the day with over 2 dozen GraylingThe New 2018/19 Grayling thread.-dsc00359-jpg Nothing big the biggest was around 10''
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    Default Re: The New 2018/19 Grayling thread.

    Strange day today. Started with plan B and ended on plan A after doing nearly plan A.
    Nearly plan A produce 1 small grayling on a grey nymph. Plan A produced 3 small grayling to a small aphid F fly. It only worked when I spotted grayling rising, which wasn't often or many. I was more after practising the technique so wasn't too worried over just a few fish caught.
    (see also the 2018 brown trout thread and dry on freestone river thread ).
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    I ventured out on this very windy day , the winds were 25 mph at times , may have been up to 30 mph at times , its just a case of waiting for the wind to pause , started off on the nymphs , fished a PTN on the point and a Hares Ear on the dropper , managed 9 grayling and 1 trout from the first pool .


    We had some overnight rain , the river had hardly changed , levels still low , I was on a urban stretch , I was pestered by baby wipes that snagged my nymphs up , that was doing my head in , makes you wonder if they come from the drains .


    The next pool as become very hard , it was alive last year , all season its fished poorly , the tail of the pool can fish well with dries , I have no idea were the fish have gone .


    Next pool fished better , picked up a few more grayling and the odd trout , tried a Pink Shrimp for about 20 minutes , caught a few grayling on the Pink Shrimp , next pool was pretty consistent , the grayling and trout picked the drab Hares Ear out , ditched the Pink Shrimp and went back on the PTN .


    I noticed a few grayling rising in a shallow pool , lots of leaves were on the river , grayling were mopping up the Aphids .


    I was using a size 24 IOBO , tied out of bright green Areo Wing , it was a tough job tracking the fly , not a touch on this fly , switched over to a size 21 F Fly , this fly started to work better , picked up 6 grayling and a trout on the F Fly .

    Had a dabble with a few Spiders , managed 2 grayling from the head of a pool , switched back to the dry flies .

    I only fished 4 pools , the wind was getting on my nerves , even though the fishing was steady , finished off with around 30 plus grayling and 6 trout .

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    Default Re: The New 2018/19 Grayling thread.

    Hi Danny,

    We were lashed with the tail end of Hurricane Ali - I think that's what they called it.

    Lashing rain, 70mph winds, Trees and branched all over the place. Oh, nearly forgot - Two separate power cuts.

    I haven't seen the river yet, but I'm sure it will quite high, which bodes well for a serious attempt at a Tweed grayling next week.

    You've had a good day, Well done.


    Douglas

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    Scotland took the brunt of the storm , rivers can fish well after a spate , still been waiting 5 months to fish a falling river , I think the dry ground soaks up all the rain . I hope you catch a few next week Douglas .

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    A nice fish just shy of 2.5 lbs from a Perthshire river a few days ago. Caught whilst double nymphing on a tightline setup, conditions were almost perfect for the first time in ages !

    The New 2018/19 Grayling thread.-170918017-jpg

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