The trout season on the Tweed has long since finished and we are now looking forward to the first of December when the winter grayling season starts.
Grayling fishing has become more and more popular in recent years and is a great reason to get out on the river during the cold winter months. The Tweed holds some fantastic, specimen sized grayling with fish of over 2 pounds – and sometimes even larger – caught regularly.
For the first time, Gala Angling Association are holding a river grayling competition (for local members only) on Saturday 12 December. The competition will run from 10am until 4pm. Entrants should meet at Old Lindean Bridge at 9.45. As all grayling fishing on the Tweed is catch release, entrants will be drawn in pairs and asked to verify each other’s catches. The fishing is fly only – no bait fishing is permitted. Anglers will return to the Bridge for the results – a Cup will be presented to the winner at a later date. To enter, please contact Mike Allan at Border Angling Centre, Galashiels, either by popping in to the shop or by telephone on 01896 751620.
Fishing with a short line and heavy nymphs to get down to the bottom where the grayling feed is the order of the day. You do need to get in the river to fish this method effectively, so make sure you wrap up warm; thermals and woolly hats are essential items.
Remember too that grayling fishing is only permitted upstream of Old Lindean Bridge and that the same regulations, with regard to private stretches, apply as during the trout season.