How To Find Grayling
How To Find Grayling
To fish successfully, you need to understand the behaviour of fish. In this guide, a professional fly fisherman shares his extensive knowledge about finding grayling in rivers. This three-minute Videojug film will help you learn to 'read' the river landscape and identify the grayling's favorite hideouts.
Grayling are a river fish and we very rarely catch them in lakes. They like fast flowing, clean water. Some parts of the stream are ideal for grayling and other parts are less so.
Some water is too shallow for the grayling but often the grayling will lie just below a piece of fast water. Where the start of the deep water is, is often the place where the grayling would lie. In this particular spot where we are today, the water immediately in front of us and to the left is very shallow - it's only a matter of inches deep - and the fish would be able to swim up through that water.
But it's not where they would normally lie and where we would normally find them. But a little bit to the right, the water gets deeper. It suddenly goes from a few inches deep to a few feet deep.
That's where the grayling would be laying. There is a good strong current but not too strong, and the food is getting washed down to them from the gravel just above. So this is an ideal spot for grayling.
Another good place to find grayling is at the downstream end of pools. It is where the water goes from slightly deeper to slightly shallower. The fish will often lay where the current starts to pick up in pace, where the water starts to get a bit shallower.
If we look out in the stream here, the water up to our left is a bit deeper. It is probably two feet deep, coming down to more like one foot deep. Sometimes, the grayling would be here in the one foot deep water but more typically, they'd be between two feet and one feet in this sort of water, not too shallow but not too deep.
This is another spot which is very good for grayling. The characteristics of the stream here are: we have got some reeds down the edge of the river and we've got fairly shallow water on this side of the river. It deepens off a little bit going over the other side and there is a nice steady glide going underneath the branches of the tree on the other side there.
So it gives the grayling the cover that they wan. They also don't have to work too hard to find their food because it's coming down on a nice steady, even paced current. It gives them access to food and they feel safe because of the reeds and the trees.
So it's a very good grayling fishing spot. That was a brief introduction into how to find grayling. .