Big Grayling on Tenkara
by David Southall
(East Yorkshire, UK)
I'd been targeting a big grayling on my local, Driffield, East Yorkshire, UK, chalk stream for a couple of weeks without success, just a few big, out of season, browns in the 2 to 3lb range, that put a good bend in my ESOTERIC 410cm 6:4 rod.
However on November 9th I had another half hour session trying to persuade it. 2 big browns & a small grayling of 12" were hooked & landed & I was fearful that they had disturbed the big grayling that was clearly visible close to the pool tail. Fortunately they had not & finally I tempted it with a subtly lifted & twitched orange scud (tied with ultra violet shrimp pink ice dub). It weighted 3lb 2oz & was 18.5" long from snout to the fork of its tail; my second biggest grayling & on Tenkara.
Tenkara is ideal for UK grayling fishing as they are relatively easy to get close to but are hyper fussy about presentation.
Walk softly and carry a long stick. - Teddy Roosevelt (almost)
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The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.