Well! What a season! Back in February, what now seems a life time ago. I spent a very cold afternoon chasing grayling on the Calder with the late Gary Hyde. I’d never seen or caught a grayling until this day. And I will forever be grateful to Gary for taking me out that day because it was the day I got hooked on river fishing!
After that day I spent most of my free time practicing what Gary had taught me on the river. Even though I wasn’t catching anything I was having a blast!
So when the trout season came about I was eager to try my hand at catching some! The first couple of outings resulted in blanks until I finally caught my first brownie! A very exiting moment. After that My catch rate was going up. Juggling fishing between work I would get home and take the dog out and head straight for the river.
I started the year, very un-experienced at river fishing and was setting my leader up with a single jig nymph. I was catching fish, so I must have been doing something right! I was using this method up until I was shown how to use the ‘duo’ on a trip out with Lisa Isles. A nymph on the point with a dry fly, such as a sedge pattern on the dropper. How does this work? it works by you casting up-stream and letting the flow of the river bring your flies back towards you, The whole time you should concentrate on your dry fly, watching and waiting for a sudden stop or it disappears under the surface, at this point you strike! hopefully there will be a fish on the end. other times you might have caught the bottom of the river.
this year I have met some amazing anglers and fished with some of them too! I can’t wait to get back at the trout next year and go and explore new rivers. But for now.. It’s time to get at the grayling!
Check out my recent blog post Phillippa for a free day grayling fishing in Derbyshire on the Wye next week.