Monday 28 September 2020

Small Stream Grayling


So it looks like the Trout season is done and dusted for the year .   There have been no monsters but a few good ones well good ones for the streams I fish.  The late start due to Covid didnt help matters much . then the August drought slowed things up . Amongst other things that are new to me this season  I have brought the cane rods out of storage in particular one I had built a few years ago and didnt really bond with it.  Getting the right line for the rod has brought it alive and have enjoyed the feel of a fish on cane rod and casting a silk line and am now looking forward to next season  and getting used to the feel of cane and silk and hopefully getting to understand what I want, then I plan to invest invest in a bespoke rod.  Cant help but worry that I need to go through the learning curve again.  The last ten or 15 years years has seen so many carbon rods come and go as I worked out what was right for me .  I dont want to make the expensive mistake with cane and have the wrong thing built.

Anyway the truth is although the trout season finishes next week apart from potential sea trout in my local stream during October thats my trout fishing finished for the winter. its likely I wont do much sea trout fishing as my enthusiasm for chucking metal about or spinning as the afficionado would call it.  I know its effective but i really struggle to be enthusiastic about it.   Although I confess that I have been known to put a hildibrandt spoon on a fly rod , now shame on you the crowd yell take him out and flog him jeer the fly only crowd.  But it is legal and it is very effective and I can sort of kid myself that at least I caught on a fly rod it also lets me dibble a lure in the places the guys with the Mepps tend to walk past.

This year I have joined a new club well actually two and will look forward to them again next year . I have enjoyed not catching more than the very occasional stocked fish and have loved the wild fish that populate the streams .  So looking forwards now  the door to the trout season has virtually closed as this weekend has been a mixture of a blowout and a washout as the storms hit fairly hard in these parts  So the little chap below is likely to be my last Trout of 2020. The aphid pattern in his mouth and the fallen leaves on the water tell their own story. 

So it looks like the end of the trout season for 2020 will be remembered for me by the quality of the grayling I have caught in the last couple of weeks , it also heightens my level of optimism for the next months . All the rivers I fish have Grayling but there are two particularly ,  one would seem to have a particularly healthy population  of fish that run to decent but not exceptional size the other seems to have very low population but with some real clunkers that show up from time to time .  the one at the top is an example. Variations on this theme have been doing well for this year .  Or a silver beaded version .  Size 16 and 18. 

Despite what you read or some experts would have you believe a 2lb Grayling is a very very special fish I fished for many years before I found one, a 3 lber is a fish of a lifetime and certainly something that will probably evade me  and anything over a pound and a half is a real specimen.  I think that sadly Social media and magazine reporting has given many an unrealistic view of what fish they could reasonably expect to catch to some extent with Grayling and most definitely with trout .  This then drives pressure on clubs and other fisheries to stock,  As I said in my last post it surely cannot be coincidence that the two rivers that I fish that are completely un stocked are the ones that consistently deliver the better fish .  


George said...

Not a bad season Andy considering everything you had to endure & that Grayling is a stunner, well done. Im considering getting the rod out now the trout season is over but in all honesty Im loving the solitude of the walking with the camera at the moment so it may be put off a while longer.
be safe George

Becks and Brown Trout said...

I am lucky that the rivers I fish are very quiet , most days I fish I see no body at all. I get the solitude bit absolutely George . You take care . Andy

Alistair said...

Hi Andy,

Although we have plenty of grayling in the waters of the two clubs I fish (one of which you have showed on here previously) their presence on the end of my line has been lacking this season. On the main water I fish, although they regularly show up in other members catch logs, they are sadly more of a pleasant surprise for me! This club decided many years ago to cease stocking trout - around 1300 per season were going into the water and only around 300 were being caught by members! They decided instead (with the help the WTT) to concentrate their efforts on habitat improvement. This has resulted in improved returns and some really good trout and grayling coming out in the last couple of seasons. I had my eyes opened at the end of this season to the shear number and size of fish present in the stream when using streamers - normally I am a dry fly fisher dabbling occasionally with wets and nymphs (mainly during the grayling season) - moving dozens of really good sized fish from lies I had covered many time with dry flies without much success.

Take care and stay safe


Becks and Brown Trout said...


Drop me an email would be nice to know if our paths have crossed .


Bill Trussell said...

I don't go on the water without my Mucilin a must if you are fishing with a Furled leader and dry flies---congrats on some nice trout landed--thanks for sharing