Overview of Grayling Fly Fishing Course for beginners or anglers looking to improve
Autumn and Winter are a wonderful time to be in the outdoors and enjoy grayling fishing on the river. If you are looking to break free of the indoors and learn new techniques, enjoy fresh air, scenery and wildlife join us for the unique opportunity to learn from river experts.
A one day course for a maximum of 4 anglers on the River Tweed. Ideal for people looking to learn or improve fly fishing and specifically river nymphing techniques and the main emphasis on Euronymphing. If you would like to learn how to catch Grayling and enjoy winter fishing on rivers, targeting techniques to catch big fish. This course is for you.
Topics Covered on Grayling Course
- Euronymphing techniques
- What gear to buy and a guide to the best value equipment and clothing
- How to fish the “Duo”/ “Trio”
- Techniques for fishing spiders and wet flies
- Leader construction
- Fly selection
- How to read the river
- Handling and releasing fish safely
- Phptographing fish how to get the best results
The majority of the day will be spent on the water actually fishing. This is hands on course, with the emphasis on FISHING
Fly Fishing Instructors
There will be two instructors, so each instructors has two anglers.
Cuillin Rae is a current member of Team Scotland and selected to compete in the World Fly Fishing Championships in Spain in 2022. He is a grayling enthusiast and ardent fly tyer. Cuillin was brought up in the Scottish Borders and has fished the River Tweed system and its tributaries since he was a boy.
Stewart Collingswood is the founder of Alba Game Fishing ltd and an Orvis Endorsed Guide. He has fished the river Tweed and its tributaries for 45 years and is a grayling enthusiast. Last year landing over a dozen grayling over 50cm, Stewart has excellent knowledge of the Tweed system and best holding spots for these magnificent fish.
Fishing Tackle for Grayling course
Guests can bring their own tackle or use Alba Game Fishing Tackle.
For this course, we will use a 10ft Orvis Clearwater AFTM # 2 weight nymphing rod matched with a Sage ESN reel.
We carry a stock of Orvis breathable Waders in all sizes and Boots with tungsten studs. Life vest are mandatory for the course and we have brand new Crewsaver 165 Sport vests which are available to guests.
What to wear when Grayling fishing
The course takes place in the winter and requires wading in cold water.
Polartech thermal leggings or Capalene Patagonia leggings and advisable too wear under comfortable trousers. We recommend the Patagonia Nano puff trousers or any thermal trouser with minimum buckles or studs.
Icebreaker make the best thermal socks and they are handed left and right foot for comfort. I would recommend going up a wader boot size and wearing a thinner summer pair of socks under a thicker pair.
Worth also doubling up on Merino wool base layers and wearing Patagonia Thermal lightweight jackets under a wading jacket.
Fingerless gloves are useful, if you suffer from cold hands. Also a pair of full thermal gloves for those moments when walking between stretches to restore the heat to your hands.
A warm thermal wool or synthetic hat on top of a baseball cap is a good ploy, offering shade against sun and warmth.
Finally good sunglasses are a must, for eye protection and we insist on sunglasses for eye protection to comply with our insurance.
How does the day go?
You will meet us at the Clovenfords Inn car park at 08:30 on the day of the course and follow us to the beat from there.
Please bring a packed lunch and drinks
Some walking is involved so participants should be relatively fit and steady on feet when wading.
The wading is generally on gravel and safe. Your guide will keep you in the safe spots.
Always best to bring a change of clothes, in case you take a dip!
Cost of grayling fishing course
The course is available for £175.00 per day for each participant and this includes VAT and permit.
Dates for the course
TBC Various 2023 dates available – Please contact us
If the river is in spate and we are unable to switch the course to an alternative part of the Tweed system. We will offer the chance to rebook your day without extra charge.