Campbell Thomson spends a day fishing for grayling on the Test. During the middle of November a chance arose for me to have of a day’s grayling fishing on the river Test.
Despite the overcast conditions I was able to spot numerous brown trout holding station in some of the runs, although tempting they were out of season so I decided to wait until I spotted the ‘silver lady’.
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In certain sections of the River, wading was allowed. Although the use of a wading staff may be considered ‘overkill’ on a river such as The Test, I was able to use it to assess the depth of water prior to stepping in as there were some sections that were deeper than they first appeared due to weed cover etc.
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Whilst wading the river I was catching brownies, which were in great condition even though they were out of season, rather than the grayling I was targeting. I decided that due to the overcast conditions I would have a better chance in spotting the grayling higher up from the bank. After spotting a few silver flashes in the river I finally managed to winkle out a couple of the elusive grayling. I had been fishing using ‘red tags’ which had been attracting both Brownies and the odd Rainbow. I changed my fly to a Golden Nugget Nymph fished New Zealand Style suspended below a floating dry fly rather than using a bite indicator, that done the trick.
I finished by trying to catch a Grayling which looked to be around the 2lb mark, however anytime any interest was shown a Brownie would appear and try to snatch the fly. As darkness fell I decided that after an enjoyable day it was time to go.