A trout from one of our smaller streams
Mike bring a fish to the net on day one
I often find that the Grayling tend to disappear during the summer months - especially in the middle and upper Eden reaches. It can often be mid to late August and sometimes early September before they start to reappear in decent numbers. This year's unsettled spell and cooler water seems to have suited them. A decent number have turned up in recent catches and they've been in good condition too! I normally hate catching Grayling during the summer. The warmer water seems to exhaust them and they can take quite a while to revive sometimes. I've even chased fish down the river and re-netted them after friends or clients have released them too soon....This July's Grayling have been a different animal all together. They've fought more like a late autumn fish, they've been ready for release straight away and they've swam back to the depths with vigour.
Cooler water perked the Grayling up
July ended as it started - miserably. The river was up slightly and a touch coloured over the final weekend. A cool North Easterly wind kept the temperature down. The month ended with a distinct 'autumnal' feel. I had an interesting final Saturday of the month. I don't know if I'm allowed to say too much about it at the moment, so maybe in a future blog....