I had a bit of time on my hands so was able to get out after grayling on Christmas Eve and also Boxing Day. The river was in fine shape, just the right amount of colour in the water so the grayling could be caught unawares. There were plenty of fish throughout the lower water, taking the nymph in places where I had never previously caught grayling so late in the year.
Christmas Eve was warmer, and I had at least a dozen fish, I also saw a large brown trout rising, so wished him a Merry Christmas and noted the spot for next season. On Boxing day I went back with my brother (narrowly missing John Aplin on the river walk), promising him that we couldn’t miss. There was a fair breeze, it was much colder this time, and the grayling were more reluctant. Despite the support of a handful of chocolate Father Christmases, action was slow, but we did manage to connect with some grayling and also saw a salmon moving.
The best fish of the two days were 46 and 47cm, with plenty of mid-sized fish too.
That’ll be my last trip of 2011 so I’m already looking forward to first outing of 2012.
The weather was amazingly kind to those who turned out for today’s work party, especially as there was some horrendous weather forecast. Unfortunately it was again a very low turn out and it was down to the usual suspects to tidy the banks from Giffords Pool up to the Withy Bed, but we were unable to tidy the right bank because the river was in full flood and still rising, which was a great sight after all the low water this autumn.
Actually we cleared from Loder Garage up, but now Loders is no more, we will have to call it Giffords Pool bridge and Giffords Pool lay-by!
New work party dates have been added, along with a planned Boxing Day walk along the Lower Water in the hope to see a few salmon. Please bring the family along for the walk or come on your own and escape the Christmas chaos for a few hours!