Guiding Service

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Sunday, 19 October 2008

Dovedale to Tissington Spires

I made an early start from Dovedale car park to avoid the public, which I have to say worked a treat as I had the place to myself. I managed a couple of grayling before the stepping stones using spider patterns then switched to weighted nymphs through the nursery pool up towards Lovers Leap. Things went very quiet so I quickly began ripping through my nymphs to find some action, especially as I'd chose my 10ft Streamflex for that specific job, but it was to no avail.

Around lunchtime I began to spot a few delicate little rises so I thought I'd try the dries as I'd nothing to lose. I quickly caught 3 small grayling using a size 14 Bradshaws Fancy on point with Grey Duster on dropper, so thinking I'd found a shoal of grayling I worked the pool to death before realising I was wasting time. Moving on yet again, things went quiet, so I decided to work my way back to the car while having a flick here and there, of course. After hooking up with a couple of trout and loosing my leader in a tree, I decided to call it a day.

Fishing this venue quite often recently, I know there are some very large grayling here but finding them, true to form is very difficult to say the least, and like any 5 year old they don't stay still for long. Not the most productive day, but I suppose I'm a little closer to getting my hands on a big fat lady, sooner or later.

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