Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Chew Grayling into the pink...

Another trip to my great little local Chew. Target species again Grayling. The weather was overcast but really mild with hardly any wind. The river had been coloured and high for the past few weeks but it was looking good today with just a little colour. Met up with Red and guess what another three anglers turned up to float fish on the Bathampton stretch. We went off downstream to Keynsham stretch. I started with the usual patterns but bites were infrequent and I lost the first fish on the Brassie, it was one I hadn't changed for a while so lost faith in the point of the hook. Decided to push the boat out today and changed to a pink nymph. This is one I had tied a while back  - it had a fairly large red glass bead head and flashy pink dubbed body and had never caught for me in the past. It looked heavy and bright and as I felt my earlier Brassie wasn't getting deep enough I thought I would give it a try. I flicked it out under the Klink and within 20 minutes I'd netted three Grayling and lost two. The biggest getting towards a pound. If anything the bead was a bit big for the hook which probably lost me the two.

Next run and I lost both flies in an overhanging tree. I just had one more nymph with a pinkish hue and glass bead head. It caught me a further two Grayling. Pink is clearly the colour for December Grayling. I was also pleased I was not attracting the attention of the resident trout which have been conspicuously pre-occupied with spawning hopefully.

Both Red and I discussed how the recent spates had had quite a profound affect on the river. Clear areas of gravel had emerged and silt had been consolidated in areas where the current had slacked off. This stretch has plenty of tree root obstruction, overhanging trees and fallen debris to create a diverse river environment which is invaluable to spawning fish and makes for some really interesting fishing. It tests your skills but it is incredibly rewarding.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Frosty trip to the River Chew

Met up with Red and fished the Chew this morning. Lovely crisp morning probably the coldest we have had this year really made us wonder what we were doing getting togged up to tackle the river. Even had problems with the rings freezing. Flow a bit higher than in the summer with a slight colour. I fished the first stretch and after about a dozen casts heard a splash and instinctively lifted into medium sized Grayling on the Klink. It took the fly in a turbulent riffle in an area where it was near on impossible to see the post of the fly.

First fish to the dry

For some reason my casting wasn't coming together!

After trying a few other faster runs where I'd caught Grayling before I ended up catching another five Grayling in one confined run just a couple metre square. The fish were clearly shoaled up in specific areas and it was just a case of locating a shoal. The best fish taking the dry while smaller to medium sized ones taking the nymph. Another fisherman, James, on the bank today and also met Rich Denning and Jon from the committee on the return to the car. Glad I made the effort to get out again and great to be on the river after a bit of  lay off.

Best Grayling of the day to the dry

Nothing better to beat the winter blues.