Nice and early start again this morning but not the best of days for it with a heavy down stream wind making casting and presentation a right royal pain in the butt.
I wasnt the only one on the river nice and early though.
I was on the river bank nice and early and kind of thinking what kind of day it was going to be with the condition against me. I was carrying two rods as normal, one rod set up for nymphing and the other for klink and dink. Both methods were going to be a bit of fun to use in the wind but I was hoping that it would die down later on in the afternoon. I’ve been fishing my normal spots over the last few weeks but today I took a different approach and fished the spots that are hard work to get at and taking full advantage of the lower water condition. I kept close to the banks fishing all the slack sides of the runs and where the wind wasnt making a ripple on the water. On times the gusts of wind would blow the indicator right out of the water and lift the nymphs right to the top, and with the klink it would shoot off like a pond skater and drag the nymph all over the shop. As I picked my way through a few spots I gradually started picking up a few small grayling and a few flighty trout that just wouldn’t stop jumping. As I was fishing quite close to me just beyond the rod tip, wading was a quiet affair and it was all slow-moving. It was working well so I stuck at it most of the day while the wind was blowing but as I thought it might it started to calm and it give me the chance to fish more open water. Getting the chance to fish the open water I set up the french leader, on the point I put a 2.8m hot spot jig and on the dropper a small pheasant tail hot spot. The nymph that was most effective throughout the daybelow.
I got myself into a nice looking run with a slow spot at the back-end and after only a few casts the indicator slipped away up river and me following with a steady lift, I was finally into one of the better ladies of the river. Thinking if there was one there, there had to be more so I fished it to its death but only managing a handful of trout and a few smaller grayling afterwards, most fish fell to the point fly and here is the first better size grayling of the day below.
The day was challenging and quite difficult but im a stubborn bugger and wouldn’t leave the river without a few better size grayling under my belt. As the day went on, without seeing any fly life of any sort I stuck to the nymphing and pulled the dry rod down to keep tangles to a minimum. Fishing become really slow in the backend of the runs in the afternoon so I moved into the heads of the runs searching out to see if I could find grayling on the feed. I walked into the head of the last run of the day pitching the nymphs high into the churning waters thinking i’d be lucky, but I was. I picked another hand full of grayling and trout from there, I finally called it a day and made the journey home. I’ll leave you with a few more photos of the fish that I manged to pick up throughout my day’s fishing and a few under water shots.
Making a quick exit below!
Good angling Terry some nice fish there,
And a nice jig hook nymph that clearly works well.
Thanks very much Sean.
How did you get off yesterday butt?
Nice one Terry,sounds like you made the most
of the tough conditions! Hope to be down your way soon
Hope all is well mate, its been 2 long.
Look forward to it, Grayling fishing is a little slow but the trout fishing is nuts at the moment. Should be a good season for what we are seeing now.
They seem to be everywhere and still feeding hard.
Roll on the trout season and looking for the bigger boys;)
cracking photos terry
u always seem to find them bigger lady’s jammy bugger lol
like sean said good angling mate
Nice Blog, and fantastic grayling…
Nice cat… 🙂
Nice Blog, and very nice grayling…
I like your nymphs and especially you have a beautiful cat 🙂
I use my cat’s undercoat for the bodies of these nymphs …
My blog is: http://grayling-hunter.blogspot.it/
Thanks very much Fabrizio,
Yea i have a tabby one to 🙂 lots of dubbing on that one, its as fat as a pig.
Just checked out your blog, very nice and love the photos of the trout and grayling and the nymphs. Nice work