Merry Christmas

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.