Grayling Fishing organised by Trish

Anne, GAIA Instructor Cliff Johnston and organiser Trish

Anne, GAIA Instructor Cliff Johnston and organiser Trish

Today we were privileged to fish the water owned by Lord Lothian.

This has to be one of the most memorable places I have visited and had the pleasure of fishing. The beat is overlooked by Lord Lothian’s beautiful home, Monteviot house, the river Teviot graciously curves past his manicured gardens. There are few places where one can experience magnificent landscapes, whilst standing in fabulous salmon and grayling river.

We met at 10.00am to find that the ghillies hut (which is a shed) had been transformed with tables, chairs, table cloth, mini cooker,picnic baskets, china mugs and candles lit. Over coffee and cake we laughed at the candelabra I’d bought and checked the barbless flies from Paul little.

Thank you Marion for the supberb lunch. Cheers

Thank you Marion for the supberb lunch. Cheers

The morning was spent trying to locate Grayling, Cliff was using a long trotting rod, we used a variety of techniques from Czech nymphing to standard fly fishing. Sadly the grayling were thinly distributed. We fished pools, under the bushes, streamy water, and fast running on a variety of coloured, weighted nymphs. Walking back for lunch over the bridge we enjoyed the sight of about a 15lb salmon resting in a pool below us, fabulous. The afternoon Cliff and myself had Grayling on our hooks (Cliff using maggots, myself using a nymph pink shrimp),  I need to master getting them out of the current quickly because it feels like you’ve hook Houdini

Lunch was memorable, yet another dish from our award winning cook Marion. I can’t express our thanks enough from the ladies for Marion’s mouth watering cooking. The goodies in the picnic basket resembled opening a Fortnum and Mason hamper.

Tabitha fishing for Grayling.

Tabitha fishing for Grayling.

 This is the first event Trish has organised herself. The hard work from Trish during the last 2 weeks is outstanding, visiting the beat last week 3 times, searching for grayling, speaking to Cliff on techniques.  It just shows you how much work goes  into the trips to make them enjoyable and a success. Thank you Trish.

Grayling fishing is truly a delicious way to spend one’s time with fantastic company, great food and a memorable, spectacular location.

We are looking at organising a salmon day on the Monteviot beat during summer. Any ladies interested, beginners welcome, equipment available. Contact annefishing@yahoo.co.uk

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