Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Collecting Grayling Rivers - My Collection

In recent posts I have often referred to the fact that I, like many other members of the Grayling Society, collect my grayling rivers. I believe it was Reg Righyni who first started the idea with a series of articles in the Grayling Society's newsletter in the 1980's. A compilation of these articles can be purchased from Coch-y-Bonddu Books, titled "Reg Righyni's Rivers and Reminiscences". I don't go out of my way to add new rivers to my collection, but it adds interest to your grayling fishing and I'm always on the lookout for an opportunity to add to my ever growing list. So just in case you are interested here is my current collection...

Monday, 26 November 2012

Rod Review – Hardy Classic Lightweight 7’ #3 Featherweight


When Steve Peterson, Hardy Greys Game Marketing Manager, asked me to review one of the rods I am using this season he probably had in mind that I would take it to a lovely Yorkshire Dales river to test and get a few pictures. I'm sure he would have imagined a tumbling stream with moss covered rocks, limestone crags and moorland as a backdrop, and a photo opportunity in every direction. If I'm honest so did I, but that's not how things panned out...

Monday, 12 November 2012

Chalkstream Grayling Trip - Day 4

Day 4 - River Anton: Following a successful afternoon on the River Anton yesterday I was looking forward to fishing the same river again. I was fishing alone this time, Chris had work commitments, but he had fished the same beat last week and had had a good day. When I opened the curtains in my hotel room my heart sank. Yesterday's sun and blue sky had been replaced by cloud and light rain - not what I wanted to see on my last day. It was still raining when I got to the river and it made for a depressing sight: steady rain, cold and very dull. Chances of spotting fish were virtually nil. If I hadn't already bought the ticket I think I'd have set off on the long drive home, but this was an expensive beat and I simply couldn't leave without getting something for my money...

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Chalkstream Grayling Trip - Day 3

Day 3 - River Anton: It was a typical cold and misty autumn day as we left the hotel. There had been an overnight frost due to the clear sky, which was now bright blue with a low sun - everything looked promising for the day ahead. The River Anton was just a short drive away and we'd agreed to meet the owner of the stretch at the river. He wanted to meet us so he could tell us about the river. We fished the Anton last year on a beat a few miles downstream, but this bit was new to both of us and we were eager to see it...

Chalkstream Grayling Trip - Day 2

Day 2 - River Avon: On the second day of my trip south in search of chalkstream grayling I left Fairford in Gloucestershire heading for Amesbury in Wiltshire to fish the River Avon with my friend Chris. I was to fish as his guest on Salisbury and District Angling Club's stretch of the River Avon...