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You certainly can, grayling are a lovely fish that can offer the angler some exciting fishing over winter should conditions allow. The grayling season runs from 16 June to 14 March so very different to brown trout. We have them in both the Tamar and Exe systems and they can be tempted on nymphs right through winter if conditions are favourable (please use barbless hooks at all times and handle fish very carefully – the Grayling Society have an excellent guide here – http://www.graylingsociety.net/angling/).
Some things to consider on our Westcountry streams – our spate rivers often run high and/ or coloured for long periods over winter meaning fishing is impossible. Even when the rivers are in good condition great care must be taken when fishing in winter conditions. Other fish species, such as trout and salmon, will be spawning so great care needs to be taken if wading to avoid redds where eggs and alevins could be present. It is for this reason that many of the Passport beats close for grayling at the end of October or November. However, Beat 1 on the Batherm and Beats 20 and 21 on the Tamar are open right through the season. Beats 30 and 31 on the Carey can offer some excellent sport up to the end of November.
We have had some reports of good grayling fishing so far this year, just about to put a report up, so hope you manage to get out and enjoy some sport in the very fine weather we are having at the moment.
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