Friday, 25 February 2011


A bleary eyed couple of hours spent fishing for grayling downstream from the bridge in Oughtibridge this morning - the forecast was was rain later, so I went out this morning straight from work. It was overcast but warm-ish, so I tackled up and headed down to the river. There were already a couple of guys fishing just below the bridge, I think a guide with his client. They were Czech nymphing for grayling, and I didn't hang around to see if they were successful.

I walked down river into beeley woods, until I couldn't be bothered to walk any more!

Using a Klinkhammer as an indicator with a copper john  underneath, I started searching out a likely looking glide.

The glide
After 20 minutes, I hooked a nice grayling, of about a pound or so I guess.

It took the copper john, which is my "go-to" nymph on the Don.

After an unproductive half hour I went back up to below the bridge at Oughtibridge, where there was another chap fishing, nymphing.

I had a quick 20 minutes with a sawyers nymph below an indicator here, hooking one nice fish but losing it, mainly because I didn't realise I'd hooked it - I was just about to re-cast after a drift and as I retrieved the line the fish had a quick struggle and splash and was gone!

Today was the busiest I've ever seen it on the Don!

Looking at the river here it looks like it will be fun to fish in the warmer months in trout season....

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