Friday, 27 November 2009

Wye Derbyshire Grayling Fishing (PFFA)


Been missing fishing so much lately as work is getting busy at the minute and the rivers being in a shit state.
I rang Jan (Haddon Estate river keeper) to see what the conditions were like, he said the river was high but clearing so i thought i would get off work for a few hours and wet a line, when i arrived the river was high but nice and clear but i was still optimistic fishing a high river.
I usually hate this sort of fishing but i soon got my head around where the fish would be, out of the strong flow and in the edges and behind large boulders, something that i have learnt from Barbel fishing the Dove in the same conditions, infact i have had my best fishing days when the river looks slightly unfishable.
I tackled up with a 3 fly set up, like czech nyphing but a polyyarn indicator a foot off my fly line, this is a method i thought of using on the Wye as the no wading rule can limit you when czech nymphing as to be on top of the fish.
If fishing close i could still lead the flys down with the indicator acting as the end of my fly line but i could still cast further out to get a Klink and dink method if needed.
The flys used were a large weighted Pink Shrimp on the point and a small dull shrimp on the dropper going upto a poly indicator.
On the first cast of the day is the poly yarn snatched away sideways and i hooked into a feisty fish and i had that sinking feeling that i had hooked a out of season rainbow, to my amazment the fish rolled and i saw it was a large Grayling, seconds later it come off!
I wandered about and had a quiet half hour then started to take Grayling which were suprisingly fighting there heads off all on the large pink shrimp, i usually think Grayling are plodders but these Wye fish are game...
All my fish were weighed in my new Mclean's weight net which was great as i would just lift them up, weigh them and straight back in the water having caused no stress to the Grayling as these can become a nightmare to revive..
I have posted a small video with my new waterproof camera (FugiFilm WP) of returning a Nice Grayling, you can see the fish just instantly kick off due to being out the water for seconds.
The Wye Grayling are a different colour to the Dove fish i am used to, they seem to be a deeper gray colour and fight much harder.
My new camera is doing a great job at the min on close up images but seems to lack on a general shot with them being quite grainy which i am not happy with but will have a play and see if i can get it right, the video is very good and if you click the high res sign on the you tube player its very good quality.
I ended up catching 4 Grayling all over a pound with the highest being 1 lb 10 oz

A great couple of hours fishing which was not expected which made it even better with catching some great fish..
Nice one

Glen













5 comments:

  1. Ace post Glen. Looking forward to getting back on the Wye again.

    Woody

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  2. yes was nice to be out brother, we need to start the next dvd!!

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  3. Hi Glen! Great post.

    I love the video - I have a Pentax Optio underwater camera, which has been put to extensive use out snorkelling the Mediterranian & I can bore my family for hours with pictures of fish (& videos of open expanses of water, where fish had been just moments before!!).

    We have created a little post about your exploits as a result - hope you like it!

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  4. Nice camera work Glen, reminds me of my early work.

    Au revoir and say hello to your uncle for me..

    Jaques Cousteaux

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  5. Fab photos of the most beautiful land in Britain

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