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Fly Fishing For Grayling
The grayling is not native to the Tweed and was introduced in the late 1800s. Until recent years they were regarded as a nuisance fish as it was widely believed that they did harm to salmon and trout stocks by eating their eggs. Some clubs and associations even asked that any grayling caught should be removed from the water. Fortunately the clubs and associations which control the majority of the grayling fishing have a more enlightened view these days and almost all of the grayling fishing is catch and release and the grayling is regarded (rightly) as a great sporting fish which will fight hard and feed in very cold weather. There is no closed season for grayling in Scotland, but as they spawn in early Spring it’s a good idea not to target them from mid March till June. This gives them time to spawn and recover in peace. Fishing for grayling is a great way to pass the Winter months and they will feed in the coldest of conditions. They are mainly bottom feeders and Czech nymphs or heavy tungsten bead nymphs are often the most effective way of catching these beautiful, hard fighting fish. The Tweed system contains huge grayling and 3lb plus fish are caught every season.