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Mud, grayling and creases 1

Saturday, 3 February 2018 at 19:14

Itchen grayling Two short sessions trotting for grayling on the Lower Itchen. There were some sunnier spells yesterday but today was simply wet, raw, muddy and dispiriting. We did get fish and some of them were very respectable grayling around the 1lb. mark. I enjoyed trotting maggot and/or sweetecorn through the glides and creases in the current that so many of the Itchen's grayling seem to favour. It was also good to see that the fish were generally in feisty and fit condition. Yet overall they were two quiet days on a beat that is normally remarkably prolific.

Roll on, spring.

Mud, grayling and creases 2

Saturday, 3 February 2018 at 19:09

Top shallows Lovely being out there when the sun shines, though on this occasion the sunshine seemed to put the grayling off. We all managed to catch a few in the overcast glooms of the morning but when the sun broke through and the temperature rose to a magnificent 7C the grayling seemed to become very quiet. This was odd - usually you can do some briskish business with smaller grayling even in the most inclement and unpropitious of conditions - and as things were it was as if the fishing gods had thrown a switch marked 'No More Today'.

Mud, grayling and creases 3

Saturday, 3 February 2018 at 19:05

Chunky little grayling A chunky little (10oz.) grayling from the shallows at the top of the beat. I always love seeing these small fish - they mean hope for the future. This one took at range, about 50 yards downstream. It's always rather satisfying, when you're long-trotting and can connect with fish at distance.

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