Excitement & Winter Fishing

Well that’s it; the end of the 2008 trout season. They always end so soon.

What with the trout’s attention now fully focused on spawning, my attentions are now firmly fixed on the ‘Ladies’: the beautiful grayling. I have already started refilling my collection of Czech nymphs, spiders, and grayling dries (I’m still hoping – PRAYING even! – that I’ll be able to fish with a dry fly before next March!), and plans for the winter are looking good with visits to the river Severn, river Wye, Monnow system, as well as my home waters of the river Taff.

I’m very excited for this years ‘off-season’ as there is just something special about fishing in the cold weather, as everyone with a sane mind is at home in the warm, leaving the rivers nice and quiet, and all to me!

But, that’s what grayling fishing to me is all about; cold, frosty, misty mornings, with a flask of steaming coffee in tow. With thermal base layers, fleeces, gloves, and multiple pairs of thick socks, the cold still manages to penetrate. Sometimes, wading for even ten minutes is ten minutes too much.

Sometimes you even end up hoping upon hope that as you run your team of heavy nymphs through that riffley water, there won’t be a grayling there…to hook and land the fish means getting your hands wet, and getting your hands wet at this time of year hurts!

But, then I guess, that’s all part of fishing in the winter.

I’m looking forward to putting the posts up as and when they come about, so keep tuned! I have a feeling that the coming winter is going to be fun…very cold…but still fun.

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