The recent high water we’ve been experiencing here in South Wales has meant fly fishing on the rivers has been a little hit and miss. But the recent high pressure system has allowed the river to drop a considerable amount of height, revealing the pools, creases and hole which the grayling seem to like.
Larger grayling here have been few and far between the last few months, with many yearling grayling feasting on anything that crosses their path. One of my most succesful flies the last few weeks has been a small, simple thread nymph with a small thorax of pine squirrel to give it that buggy, leggy look.
Using anything over a 4 weight for these fish doesn’t give them much of a chance, other than joining the free flying competition when struck into. I’ve been using a Airflo Streamtec Nantec 10ft 3/4 weight fly rod which has a pretty soft tip, perfect for casting long, soft french leaders and playing these small grayling. A soft rod such as the above is the perfect way to get maximum enjoyment out of fish around 7-8 inches in length. A good grayling or trout really pulls when hooked!
Fishing for a few hours can be very rewarding when out after grayling. When a shoal is incepted, I normally try a few different methods and some new fly patterns, you’ll be surprised how many fish will reject some offerings and scoff up others. Maybe it’s just something to do with that particular days feeding habits, but I like to think I’ve found something they like.