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Details of British freshwater fish anglers might come across when fishing the waters of  the UK and Ireland



Barbel  latin name: Barbus barbus



Bleak Alburnus alburnas fish species



bream  - latin name - Abramis Brama



Carp Cyprinidae  Cyprinus carpio



crucian carp

Crucian Carp


chub -  Leuciscus_cephalus



Dace - latin name - Leuciscus leuciscus



eel - latin name - Anguilla anguilla



grayling Latin name thymallus thymallus



Gudgeon Latin name Gobio gobio






pike latin name: esox lucius



Roach latin name: Rutilus Rutilus



Rudd - latin name- Scardinius erythrophthalmus






sliver bream

Silver Bream


Tench latin name: Tinca Tinca




Wels Catfish


Zander - latin name - Stizostedion lucioperca



Species of UK Coarse Fish



Description, habitat, baits and fishing methods for catching Grayling


Common name:  Grayling
Latin name:  Thymallus Thymallus
Family:  Salmonidae - Salmonids


grayling Latin name thymallus thymallus



Current UK Rod Caught Game Fish Record

GRAYLING (Thymallus thymallus) 4lb 3oz  1989 S R Lanigan, River Frome, Dorset


Description and Habitat of Grayling:
Grayling, affectionately known as, 'the Lady of the Stream', are members of the salmon family and are considered by some anglers as coarse fish and by others as game fish. Grayling with their huge dorsal fin are unmistakable from other fish. The Grayling is a streamlined fish with a small pointed head, silvery blue body with thin silver / violet stripes and irregular dark spots on the flanks. Grayling are a shoaling fish sensitive to pollution and are generally found in clean, fast flowing, well oxygenated streams and small rivers with gravel or chalk beds. If a Grayling is found in a stream or river is a good sign of the purity of the water


Grayling feed on various freshwater larvae, worms, small water creatures, freshwater shrimp and fish eggs; and of course the game and coarse fisherman's baits, artificial flies and maggots etc.

Fishing Methods for catching Grayling:
Grayling can be caught all year but the best fishing is noted to be best on a clear, cold winters day, although any time from autumn through winter can be very productive. Grayling feed mainly on the bottom but will feed from the surface when mayfly and nymphs are about. Grayling can also be caught fly fishing and most are probably caught on the fly by fly fishermen fishing for trout or salmon. Not being a fly fisherman I cannot give advice on how to catch grayling on the fly. Trotting is another method for catching grayling. See under Chub for trotting technique; Using a light to medium rod with a fixed spool reel loaded with 4lb mainline and 3lb hook length, trot a small worm or 2 or 3 maggots on a size 16 barbless hook down the stream. As grayling are predominantly bottom feeders, fishing with a feeder rod can also be effective. Using a light feeder rod with 4lb or 5lb main line, small blockend feeder loaded with maggots, 3lb hook length of 12 to 24 inches with 2 or 3 maggots on a size 16 barbless hook or a worm on a 14 barbless or whisker barb hook. The bigger grayling seem to be caught on worms. A good fish is around a pound and 2 lb or over considered a specimen.


Baits for catching Grayling:

maggots and worms are considered the best baits for grayling. Grayling will also take artificial flies.





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