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    Default Re: Fishing for Grayling 2019 / 2020

    Today I nipped down to the middle reaches of the river , I had a few jobs to do , cut a load of overhanging branches down , after my chores I started off on the dries , it was very difficult , managed 5 grayling that were around 9 inch long .

    Decided to change over to the nymphs , spent around 3 hours fishing mainly faster pools , Hares Ears and PTN's fished on a French Leader was the method I used .


    Managed plenty grayling and 5 trout ., caught a good mix of different size grayling ranging from the 9 inch class , and plenty of 12 inch grayling , plus a few bigger ones .


    For the last half hour I went back on the dries , the odd rising fish , but overall this section of river does tend to fish better later on in the Summer .
    Last edited by guestrd; 13-07-2019 at 09:39 PM.

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    I have only ever caught one when baztek took me out on the Clyde, was a beautiful fish. I wish there were more rivers closer to me that had a head of grayling

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    Default Re: Fishing for Grayling 2019 / 2020

    Had a nice day on the wee chalk stream today. Usual nymph set up 10ft 4#streamflex to a single point nymph.

    Fishing started off slow and kind off stayed that way. There is alot of weed in the river just now. Ended my day with 7 grayling and 1 trout. Caught my smallest grayling to date. Still nice to be out on the water.

    Tight lines



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    Default Re: Fishing for Grayling and Trout 2019 / 2020

    I tried to amend the title but after a week or more they become locked, never figured out why that is.

    Looks as if it worked.

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    Default Re: Fishing for Grayling and Trout 2019 / 2020

    Here's a couple of picture of the dace from yesterday evening - I hope no one complains of me posting here, I was actually fishing for trout....honest. I caught 3. If anyone wants to challenge the number, or suggests I should not reveal the quantity of dace I caught and returned, you can politely **** off.

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    Default Re: Fishing for Grayling and Trout 2019 / 2020

    Quote Originally Posted by mrnotherone View Post
    Here's a couple of picture of the dace from yesterday evening - I hope no one complains of me posting here, I was actually fishing for trout....honest. I caught 3. If anyone wants to challenge the number, or suggests I should not reveal the quantity of dace I caught and returned, you can politely **** off.
    It's interesting that back in the 60s the only catchable coarse fish in the Usk were dace and were big enough for specimen hunters to be targeting them with a few 1lb+ fish being caught.....but not on the fly!
    There is no more lovely country than Monmouthshire in early spring. Nowhere do the larks sing quite so passionately, as if somehow inspired by the Welsh themselves. There is a blackbird on every thorn and a cock chaffinch, a twink as they call him there, on every bush...... It moved me profoundly. I had been spared to see another spring, and I thank God for it.

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    I used to fish for dace on the Wye and the Taff, we had some big fish. In the '70s there were so many eels in the Taff we'd use bread paste the size of grapes knowing the eels would reduce them in minutes to an acceptable size for the dace. We got good at telling the difference between bites never dreaming that the tidal water we fished would become impounded by the Taff Barrage, the eel run would disappear and that cormorants would destroy the dace population.

    Out of the three issues, all of which were unbelievable then, was the end of the eel run, boot lace eels were present in numbers that must have been up in the millions, maggots were a no-go bait or else it would be an eel a cast as soon as the bait hit the water. The effect on the diet of fish, birds and mammals can't be exaggerated, the biomass of the run was phenomenal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sewinbasher View Post
    It's interesting that back in the 60s the only catchable coarse fish in the Usk were dace and were big enough for specimen hunters to be targeting them with a few 1lb+ fish being caught.....but not on the fly!
    Yes I've heard that. Last season I had one evening on the Usk when I didn't catch a trout but managed a dozen dace on a dry. Yesterday I was tight line nymphing and the dace all took the dropper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by diawl bach View Post
    I used to fish for dace on the Wye and the Taff, we had some big fish. In the '70s there were so many eels in the Taff we'd use bread paste the size of grapes knowing the eels would reduce them in minutes to an acceptable size for the dace. We got good at telling the difference between bites never dreaming that the tidal water we fished would become impounded by the Taff Barrage, the eel run would disappear and that cormorants would destroy the dace population.

    Out of the three issues, all of which were unbelievable then, was the end of the eel run, boot lace eels were present in numbers that must have been up in the millions, maggots were a no-go bait or else it would be an eel a cast as soon as the bait hit the water. The effect on the diet of fish, birds and mammals can't be exaggerated, the biomass of the run was phenomenal.
    I also enjoyed dace fishing on the Wye and Monnow some decades ago, some big ones on the Wye, my best 1lb 1oz, and matches were often won at Hereford and Ross with large nets of dace. For eels we often used a chunk of dace as bait to avoid the bootlaces that queued up for worms. Even in those days there could be 20 cormorants roosting in the trees on the island in the Wye at Monmouth and seriously impacted on the local silver fish.

    I'm quite pleased that eels are common in my current club's trout lake, we see eels on most days.
    There is no more lovely country than Monmouthshire in early spring. Nowhere do the larks sing quite so passionately, as if somehow inspired by the Welsh themselves. There is a blackbird on every thorn and a cock chaffinch, a twink as they call him there, on every bush...... It moved me profoundly. I had been spared to see another spring, and I thank God for it.

    Oliver Kite
    A Spring Day on the Usk
    A Fishermans Diary

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    The last eel I saw was in winter, a dip in the field used to hold water after a flood so I hand dug a ditch to the river to save on the annual cost of reseeding the area. Since then the ditch has been a never ending source of interest to me for the variety of water beetles that come and go with the floods. You see the Corixidae flying in from nowhere in the day but the best time for spotting's after dark when it teems with activity after a major flood, this year, for the first time, I saw a small eel, I was really chuffed.
    Musha rig um du rum da

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