Sunday, 25 November 2018

Winter Grayling Fishing - November 2018 

 After the last couple of weeks chasing the ladies 'uptop' I decided to stay local in search of them silveriest of fishes - The Grayling. 
Early morning the Clyde Valley was enveloped under a blanket of cold fresh mist which on paper should be an excellent morning for trotting a float down our gorgeous river. The parking in this area has been restricted do to issues with the Mauldslie Bridge leading into the Mauldslie estate but has opened back up again allowing access to this part of the river. It was a very cold start to the day with the issue of the rod rings freezing up continuously but thats all part of the Winter Grayling season. For my efforts I was rewarded with some ladies so it was worth while braving the weather. 

*** Here is a short film clip for you to view if to wish.

Thanks for visiting the blog & tightlines for the Grayling season.
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Vid @ FishClyde

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Saturday 17th November 2018

Today myself & fishing partner MattF ventured up & down the river in search of the Lady of the stream but unfortunately today was not the day for some Grayling sport.

We fished the trotted maggot under a float all day but from 1st light the sun was high above the river which made fishing conditions very difficult.

We could be doing with a few days of very cold weather to get the Grayling shoaling up.

The forecast for the coming week is not looking good for the Grayling fishing, with the mild temperatures forecasted the ladies will still be spread far and wide

so it will take a lot of leg work to find the odd fish. HURRY UP WINTER !!!!!

The sun over Tinto Hill.

Take care all and tight lines.

Vid @ FishClyde

Sunday, 4 November 2018

A 5 year old River Clyde lady ...

(excerpt from UCAPA)
The Clyde Grayling season is now well underway, with rain forecast this weekend the river should get topped up nicely.
For the last 3 years we have been running a scale sampling project throughout the fishery to gather information which we hope will help us make more informed fishery management decisions and to bolster our fishery records.
Scale sampling is relatively non invasive, the angler can easily remove a couple of sample scales from the fish near the dorsal fin without too much distress to the fish.
These scales can then be read by an experienced scale reader like reading the rings on a tree.
Grayling scales are a distinctive scallop form, the rings on the scale can identify the age of the fish, how many times it has spawned and which years it has spawned.
For example, a large specimen Grayling caught by UCAPA angler David Reid was sampled in January 2018.
David did not have scales with him but he did have a measuring tape. David removed a couple of scales and measured the fish from the tip of the nose to the fork of the tail.
The Grayling measured 520 mm long, according to the Tweed foundation weight/length chart the Grayling should have weighed around 3lbs 4oz to 3lbs 6oz. The scale sample showed that the fish was 5 years plus old.
The fish had spawned in years 3, 4 and 5.