The Tweed is well renowned for its superb grayling fishing. The season at St Boswells runs from 1st December - 31st January and the 15th June to the 30th September. Grayling to large sizes can be caught and every year a few grayling in the 50cm 3lb size range are reported. The average size is 1lb-1.5lb.
The club now tag grayling in conjunction with the Tweed trout and grayling initiative. It is important that anyone capturing these fish reports the capture with the tag number to Kenny Galt at the Tweed Foundation on 01896 848271 or by email to email@example.com. It is hoped that the information gleaned from this survey will give us a better insight into the Tweed's grayling. A lot has already been learned - but with anglers input we hope to gain a comprehensive picture of stocks, distribution and movement.
So far it seems that most grayling stay resident in the same area of river (200 yards or so) until spawning time when fish have been recorded moving as much as five miles or more after which it is thought they return to their previous residence. This is preliminary data and the more reported recaptures the better.
Flies and Tactics
The tweed grayling like all others respond well to deep nymphs in the winter and readily take dry/wet fly and small nymphs in the summer months. Favoured winter patterns include : Hare's Ear, Peeping Caddis, Pink Shrimp and a variety of Czech nymphs. In the summer match the hatch for dry flies (a variety of olive patterns emerger/adult and spinner in sizes 14-18) as will Yellow May Dun's and sedges. Nymph-wise pheasant tails etc can account for a lot of fish during the warmer months.
In the winter it is important that anglers avoid areas where Salmon have (or are) spawning.