Category Archive: Grayling

Winter Grayling


This last few weeks have brought some ideal conditions for Grayling fly fishing.  Many days have been mild and even up here in Yorkshire Grayling have been rising to an assortment of insects well into December.  I have long been a fan of the ‘Klink & Dink’ /Duo / New Zealand style of fishing a small lightly weighted nymph under a dry fly.  It is an excellent way of catching Trout and Grayling in many rivers.  Click here to read more

Second place on Eden but a first rate river

Two Go Fly Fishing UK guides Colin and Steve

Our excellent River Test and River Itchen guide Colin Alexander reports here on a recent competitive trip ‘up north’.  Although Colin does not himself guide on the River Eden we do have other guides who do.

‘I have hosted the English Police Qualifying Rivers match on the Lower Itchen for the past two years and have had the good fortune to be both runner up and winner. As my home water no doubt I had some advantage against anglers coming from as far afield as Northumbria . Click here to read more

The Grayling Society Symposium – 2013


The 37th Grayling Society Symposium and AGM was held at the Forest and Vale Hotel in Pickering, north Yorkshire on Saturday 2nd November and as always was a very enjoyable and successful weekend.  Steve Rhodes co-proprietor of Go Fly Fishing UK has been Chairman of the Grayling Society for the last 7 years and stood down at this years’ AGM after serving on the Grayling Society committee for the last 22 years.  Steve continues in his role as a Trustee of the Grayling Research Trust. Click here to read more

An autumn day on the River Itchen

Grayling underwater

Our excellent Chalkstreams guide and instructor Mick Siggery reports:

‘On 19th October I was guiding Lol Harris on the River Itchen just outside Winchester.  It was very mild for the time of year.  I had Lol fishing nymphs New Zealand style under a size 14 black Klinkhamer.   Click here to read more

A lifelong ambition achieved on the famous River Test

Chalkstream Brown Trout

Our guide Mick Siggery reports on his guiding day on 27th September:  ‘Husband and wife Ralph & Carolyn Duddles from the USA spent the day with me on the on the beautiful upper River Test near to Andover.  Ralph told me that he had been reading about the English chalkstreams since the age of ten and that it was his lifelong ambition to come over and fish them Click here to read more

Pink Lady


The grayling know affectionately as the “Lady of the Stream”, not surprisingly loves the colour pink. Click here to read more

Time for Grayling


The autumn is my favourite time of the whole fly fishing year.  Fly hatches are usually peaking; there are often lots of rising fish; and there is a choice every day of fishing dry fly or nymph.  Add to that the changing autumnal colours and given half-decent weather it is an absolute pleasure to be out on the riverbank.  Click here to read more

Paying homage to a Yorkshire legend

Amazing stonework, including Grayling, on the base of the gravestone of Francis Walbran.

Today I went to West Tanfield, next to the River Ure in Yorkshire, to pay my respects to Francis Walbran.  It was moving for me as I stood in front of his tombstone.   As you can see from my pictures it was a stonemason’s work of art and interesting to me that even in 1909 he was so highly respected that the tombstone was funded by ‘voluntary subscription’, presumably by his friends and readers of his books and articles.  Click here to read more

Club feature – Ilkley Angling Association


The River Wharfe at Ilkley provides excellent fly fishing for Brown Trout and Grayling.  Ilkley Angling Association control a long stretch of the river at Ilkley and Ben Rhydding and day, week and season permits are available.  The club has not stocked the river for many years so all the fish are wild.  There is a very large population of wild Brown Trout – most are in the 4oz to 12oz size range but each season fish in the 3lb to 4lb size bracket are caught.  Click here to read more

End of season Chalkstreams Grayling report

Test 2lb

The River Test really is a superb Grayling river for fly fishers.  It has to be the best Grayling river in the UK for winter fly fishing. There is a consistently large population of Grayling with many in the 1lb to 2lb size range; it never floods; in the upper reaches it almost never gets coloured; and small nymphs and even dry flies can be used all winter long…no matter how cold the weather gets. Click here to read more

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