This guest post is from Richard Fieldhouse. Richard is Founder of Barbless Flies, a company bringing the market a wide range of innovative barbless flies, all professionally tied to extremely high standards using first class materials. Richard is a passionate fly angler, and when not at the helm of Barbless Flies, you will find him on his local rivers of North Yorkshire, England, testing out new flies.
A Guide To Grayling Fishing
by Richard Fieldhouse, Barbless Flies Company, North Yorkshire, England
Coined as the ‘Lady of the Stream,’ Grayling are most recognisable for their distinct markings on their dorsal fin with a blush of golds, blues and pinks on their heads. Being a species of freshwater fish, Grayling are a popular option for fly fishing during the months of autumn and winter when the fish are at their peak, however one can also fish during the late summer. Fishing for Grayling really is a great way to extend your fly fishing beyond the trout season!
When embarking on your Grayling fishing trip, you’ll need to bear in mind that they’re a pretty smart fish, as they have a tendency to shoal, they tend to corkscrew when hooked and they can also put in a strong fight when caught. One simply needs to know the tricks…
When it comes to fishing for Grayling, it’s important to make the most of the season and to make the most of it, you’ll want to do your research on where to fish, using the right equipment and other tips and tricks you’ll need to know when waiting patiently and aiding in a successful catch of the day. The infographic below, designed by us at Barbless Flies outlines the best way to fish for Grayling by season, as well as where to find the fish, which fly to use and the leader setup.
It’s especially important to remember about the spring prohibition here in the UK, as the fishing of Grayling is officially forbidden from the 15th of March to the 15th of June. This is because Grayling spawn during the spring season and it’s a big no-no to disturb them during this time! It’s better you avoid this time and wait for the coming seasons for an easier catch. If you have Grayling in your backyard in the US or Canada you do not have these restrictions, but may have your own local restrictions.
Are you hooked on Grayling? Check out the infographic below and use it as a checklist for your upcoming fishing trip. Enjoy!