Master Grayling Fishing With Hints & Tips!
Check out our specialist information on grayling in our blog posts below:
- Grayling fly fishing - lady of the stream
- Grayling Fishing Tips and Hints
- Czech nymphing for grayling
What Is Happening Grayling Fishing Tips and Hints?
If the UK weather runs true to form then we can expect the usual Autumnal dollop of rain coming in now. Naturally, a lift in water is the result, which tends to see Grayling retreat to slacker flows either deep down, or on the inside of bends.
Chances are the water will be murky too, making Dry fly tactics a non-starter. With that, it’s time to dust of those Nymph boxes to search areas close to the streambed with heavier bugs.
Although they will not be physically hatching the likes of Caddis Larvae (both Cased and Caseless) will be present, as will Shrimps. All of these of course spend the bulk of their time on the Streambed, which is where Grayling seek them.
Most anglers make the mistake of heading for fast streamy water now, but given increased flows these juicy morsels are often dislodged to be washed downstream, where Grayling pick them off in slower water.
So, your first port of call should be the main body of a pool, or the tail out.
Perhaps the most effective way of combing water is by using one of the short, fixed line methods, generically referred to as “Euro Nymphing”.
The Rio Products Euro Nymph Fly Line has been designed specifically for European style Nymphing techniques, such as “French”, “Czech”, “Polish” and “Spanish” styles.
The line is built on a thin diameter, low stretch, supple core to maximise sensitivity and allow for lightning fast hook sets, while a highly visible tip helps anglers detect the slightest of strikes.
Experienced anglers often prefer the French / Spanish leader arrangement that involve an extremely long (30ft plus) of level Monofilament.
As successful as this is, such flimsy Monofilament can be tricky for beginners to handle, especially in blustery conditions.
Given that, a good fallback method is the Polish style of Nymphing. This involves a leader no longer than 9-10ft of 5-6 The Essential Fly Fluorocarbon.
Fluorocarbon is used because it’s more resistant to abrasion, so is less likely to be scuffed on subsurface boulders and the likes.
Two to three flies are now arranged only 12 inches apart to provide the required impetus not only to cast (lob) the flies, but to ensure they sink quickly.
Two feet of fly line outside the rod tip acts like a rudimentary coarse angler’s swing tip to help detect takes. After casting upstream, the rod is gently lifted to maintain contact as you track both leader and flies downstream.
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