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Grayling Fishing Nov 6 2021
Grayling Fishing on the Test Saturday 6th November 2021
Meetingt at our usual spot at 8.30 am all were on time. The meeting point is next to the new Cottonworth Wine store owned by the family who have Fullerton Farms. Paying our fishing fees, we made our way down the much improved newly laid track down to beats 1&2.
Altogether there were 5 of us, Richard B, Richard E, Richard L, Peter H & John A. Richard E went off to fish the May Fly Inn beat which incorporates the River Anton.
The morning was a glorious day peaceful with the sound of a meandering river accompanied with soft birdsong. Only to be broken with squeals of delight as the wild swimmers in the adjacent pool immersed their nether regions into the duck poo infused water.
The morning fishing was slow with some large Grayling being caught Richard E had success on the Anton.
Breaking for lunch Richard E re-joined us from The May Fly Inn, was that a hint of Glenfiddich catching on the morning air?
After lunch Peter H headed for the May Fly Inn beat. The afternoon session was more difficult than the morning. Fish were caught on both nymph and dry fly.
The top of beat 1 was not looking particularly inviting there had been a lot of work done on this part of the riverbank and the river appeared to be shallow. Also, about 25 swans had taken up residence on the stretch.
We finished fishing at around 4pm.Once again everybody had an enjoyable day, even the wild swimmers.