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I had a good day out on the Dee last week with some other members of the Grayling Society. A cool, bright day with a slow start but as the morning warmed the fish started to move. Even though the river was running high and fast it was clear and most fish were caught on spider patterns and dry flies.
Although it's not quite winter it was a cold, clear day yesterday and the temperature barely got above freezing. The fishing, though not easy, did prove to be productive. Since the weather, and water temperatures have cooled the fish are a lot more feisty. These lively little grayling were just two of several caught on a variety of flies from beaded nymphs, through spiders to dries.
It's not unusual to catch out of season wild spotties when fishing for grayling. This beautiful specimen of a river Dee wild brown trout was quickly released unharmed.
Grayling are a surprisingly delicate fish, they fight hard but it takes a lot out of them.
Please handle them with care, respect and minimise their time out of water, give them time to recover whilst supporting them and allow them to swim away under their own steam. Do not pull them backwards as this forces water through their gills the wrong way and can lead to foreign bodies entering their gill covers.
I now use a chest mounted GoPro that allows me to take pictures or videos without having to mess about with a hand held camera.
Well the weather up here is changing and getting a little cooler.
On Sunday I was fishing around Bangor on Dee with a mate, the sky was overcast and there was a definite nip in the air when we started fishing. We were quickly off to a good start with grayling and 'spotties' keen to take a fly. I was fishing a team of spiders and Craig fishing a single dry.
By lunchtime we'd both caught into double figures and after a well deserved break we were off for round two. Unfortunately during lunch the cloud burnt off, the sun came out, temperature soared and the fish quickly lost their appetite.
Looking back to this time last year the weather was very different. Not the dank, dreary, mild, wet stuff we've had recently, but dry, bright and cold, with low, gin clear rivers.
Kieran contacted me as he was keen to try his hand at fly fishing. We met on a bright but cold morning and spent a few hours on the river Dee. Quickly picking up the principles of fly casting and fishing Kieran was delighted to catch his first grayling.
Well done Kieran, a great result and an excellent morning, thanks for your company.
This father and son team had a productive day yesterday fishing the Dee for the first time. The Dee is low at the moment and it proved ideal for the youngster to get in the river and catch his first grayling. His father went on to catch another 11 rounding things up nicely to a dozen.
I really enjoy going fishing with a few mates but sometimes I really appreciate the solitude of fishing alone. Having time to switch off and enjoy the peace and quiet.
Simon had never fished the beat we visited over the weekend and was over the moon with the quality of the grayling fishing.
Wild brown trout are probably the fish I enjoy catching the most, very closely followed by grayling. For their weight brownies put up such a spirited struggle and they have the most beautiful markings. This one fell to the charms of a small dry caddis pattern.
I was fishing the middle section of the Dee yesterday near Bangor on Dee. It was raining heavily and the normally crystal clear water was well coloured.
I really didn't hold out much hope of catching and the first hour yielded no results. However as the morning progressed a few flies started coming off and there were sporadic rises to them. This provided a real confidence boost and shortly thereafter I'm netting my first fish. The weather improved a little after lunch and I continued to pick up the occasional fish. Then late afternoon the sun came out and the river came alive for about an hour with small hatches of mayfly and olives and a big hatch of caddis.
I ended the day having caught at least a dozen fish, I lose count quickly, mostly on a dry fly. The perfect end to a hard days fishing.
As the river Dee meanders it's 70 miles from Bala Lake (llyn Tegid in Welsh), in Snowdonia National Park, it changes its character several times. In places it's a raging boulder strewn freestone river, in others it has the appearance of a chalk stream with dense ranunculus beds and and yet other areas where the riverbed is silted offering habitat for the enigmatic mayfly (Ephemeroptera). The one constant on this ever changing river is the fly fishing opportunities for grayling, brown trout, sea trout (sewin) and salmon.
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