The melt had begun

Good to see you at Christmas, as you saw for yourself, I did manage to get out after grayling, see report below:

Unlike Dorset’s roads, the river was clear and looking ideal on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, but turkey had to take priority over grayling.  By 27th, the melt had begun, leaving a short window before the river would be too coloured to fish. With snow still on the ground it was cold, but not enough to freeze the line this time out.

I did spot two good fish early on, but they were easily spooked in the clear water.  A quick break for coffee and mince pies, followed by a change of nymph, and the grayling began to take in the now slightly coloured water.  They were hard-fighting fish, ignoring my beautifully crafted Czech nymphs in favour of a simple gold head with hot orange thorax.

It looks like they will be my last grayling of the year, as the next trip will have to wait till the water drops.

My first report of 2011 will follow as soon as I can.

Cheers, Doug