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Grayling
'Lady of the stream'
The graceful Grayling continues to gain popularity and respect among both coarse and game anglers.
Vital Statistics:
Scientific Name: Thymallus thymallus
Maximum Weight: 4lb
Average Weight: 7-10oz
Maximum Length: 16inches
Life Span: up to 6 years
Grayling characteristics:
Grayling appear to be an enigma for anglers to classify. They possess an aidpose fin, a characteristic of the salmon family, but they spawn at the same time as coarse fish, and the grayling season corresponds to the coarse fishing season. Most anglers, however, agree that they are a game fish. Distinctively beautiful, grayling have silvery sides which are dappled with irregular dark spots and mixed with a riot of purple, green and copper hues.
A noticable feature is the huge sail like dorsal fin, mottled with black and red bars, which is raised at times of stress. A grayling hooked downstream uses this fin to battle against the angler, often in a gryrating or figure of eight motion, the erect fin increases the resistance in the current as the angler draws the fish upstream.
They are extemely sensitive to pollution, disappearing long before trout or chub. Only about half a dozen lakes hold Grayling. Grayling thrive in chalk and limestone streams and rivers.
Where to find Grayling:
Grayling thrive in chalk and limestone streams and rivers.

Feeding habits:
Grayling are well equipped for feeding off the bottom because their top lip extends beyond their lower. Nymphs, caddis larvae, shrimps, midges and small crustaceans are some of their main food items.

Grayling Baits:
Fly fisherman can represent many of their food items with dry or wet flies. Maggots and worms are also very successful. The kind or worms required are those found at the bottom of compost heaps - red worms and brandlings. Bread crust will also catch grayling.

How to catch Grayling - Techniques at a glance:
Ledgering or float fishing are the best 'coarse' methods to catch grayling. Fly fishing is also a recognised technique.