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Grayling

Most river fishers have either caught Lady Grayling or would love to try.

Grayling are not native to Scottish rivers. The first introduction was of some thirty 1- 1/2 year old fish from Derbyshire to the Clyde at Abington by train. In 1857 eyed ova were brought up again by train to bring on in the ponds by Abington by the members of the West of Scotland Angling Club. As the fish came on some over keen fishers breached the screens of the pond to allow the fish entry to the Clyde, whilst those left were stocked into the Daer.

Fish from the experiment were stocked in the Nith along with adults from Yorkshire. As the century moved on Grayling were releaded into other main Scottish rivers, Teviot, Tweed, Tay, Ayr and Gryfe. The fish themselves colonised tributaries of the main rivers though maybe some were stalked on the quite. The Avon which is a Clyde tributary was debated for a stocking in the UCAPA minutes of 1936/37 but was passed as a NO! On the river itself some older fishers recall catching Grayling on the Sandford stretch of the Avon pre second world war.

The Grayling was seen by many as vermin, only fit to be removed from the river to save food for the Trout, some not even willing to despatch the fish. The other that with the fish breeding at opposites to the Trout they were not of the Salmonoids family. Some fishers took time to enjoy the Grayling as both a sport fish and the table such as a workmate of my Grandfathers who preffered a cold frosty morning at the Grayling on the Clyde to a morning in the Trout season.

Grayling flies are most famously based along the Red Tag family, a red wool tail, peacock herl body and a ginger hackle. The red tag being a fly from Worcestershire made famous by a well known Yorkshire angler Walbran. Variants having various coloured tags or hackles.

Lady Grayling will take many flies as does the Trout. Having a low mouth they are mainly bottom feeders though can give great sport on the dry fly. Now many fishers use heavy weighted flies such as bugs or shrimps, though your Clyde flies will catch equally as well, my first Clyde Grayling was on a Magpie tail at night.

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Our flies show many styles, from the traditional wool tagged fly to the heavy tungsten beaded fly for weight.

Many Grayling fishers also enjoy trotting a bait for a good catch amongst the shoal of fish.

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