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Old 12-01-2018, 04:18 PM
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Default January Grayling On The Dry Fly

As a bit of a challenge I have been trying to catch trout and grayling on a dry fly in all the months of the year , today I managed 6 grayling on the dry fly .

Only got February to do the grand slam or clean sweep , now the chances do increase if the temperature is 8 or 9 degrees , if it gets any higher then your chances may increase quite a lot , well today I did not have the warmer weather on my side .

I was still determined to try and see if I could achieve this , my best chance was prospecting in calm water with not to much pace and depth . I found such a place below a weir pool , I had a Fish On French Leader on the fly line , so just added 3 foot of 0.10 tippet and a size 18 Parachute Adams , after 5 minutes I had a grayling on the dry fly , was really pleased I caught one .

Prospected the river ,or that part of the river for about 40 minutes , managed another 4 grayling .

Switched over to nymphs for a hour , this was very poor , had a handful ,if that .

I then took the F/L off and used a 16 foot Varivas dry fly leader for the rest of the afternoon , things were very quiet , managed another grayling for my efforts .

Not quite over the finishing line as February can be a difficult month for dry fly fishing , a very satisfying day .
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Nice work D, always amazes me given how we think of grayling feeding the bottom how they will still readily rise, what sort of depth was the water would you say?

I went out New Years Day down to the Lambourn and saw a few olives hatching, and about 3 rises, but did the bad thing and didn't switch to a dry. I will make sure I do this Sunday as although down South, the Lambourn is as freezing as usual so would be good to have a go and succeed.

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Old 12-01-2018, 05:48 PM
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Nice work D, always amazes me given how we think of grayling feeding the bottom how they will still readily rise, what sort of depth was the water would you say?

I went out New Years Day down to the Lambourn and saw a few olives hatching, and about 3 rises, but did the bad thing and didn't switch to a dry. I will make sure I do this Sunday as although down South, the Lambourn is as freezing as usual so would be good to have a go and succeed.

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Go for it Alex , I would say the pool was anything from 4 foot to 12 inch deep , caught in the very shallow part of the river , the grayling wont waste to much energy rising in shallow water . The nymph fishing was dire .
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Alex

The day the BXII arrived I snuck the rod out prior to Xmas day and caught on both klink and dink and dries.

It just had to be done
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Today, I entered the pool that I fancied about half way up, and it became immediately apparent that my pvc waders were leaking like a sieve in my left leg.

This wasn't a small patch of dampness but some catastrophic leak. I fished for twenty minutes before calling it a day.

Tonight I have (with a bright torch inside my wader leg) tried to identify the leak, which I though would have been, easy, but have only managed to find three very small pinprick holes.

All very strange. I have circled them with a pen and will apply aquasure in the morning (once it has thawed from the fridge).

The biggest development that a tackle maker could make in fishing tackle, is simply to produce hardy, strong, robust, leak proof waders, that don't leak the minute they see water, or have to be sent to Diver Dave, to put them in the condition that they should have been in the first place!

Although not expensive these waders are just a few months old.

Consequently, I blanked today!

Bloody waders.

Sorry, I am unable to contribute anything meaningful to this thread today.


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Default Re: January Grayling On The Dry Fly

I have a pair of Orvis 'guaranteed for life' waders - they were called indestructible waders. Must be 20 years old and still perfect. The trouble is I can't get my feet in them now. I would love to find another decent pair.
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I have a pair of Orvis 'guaranteed for life' waders - they were called indestructible waders. Must be 20 years old and still perfect. The trouble is I can't get my feet in them now. I would love to find another decent pair.
Ironic really that there’s not that many pairs of them around anymore given their indestructible nature

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Funny these little challenges we set ourselves. I challenged myself to catch a carp on the fly (aided by free offerings of course) in every month of the year a couple of years back and managed it. Was a mild winter but still, makes you challenge your assumptions about fish and fishing

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