In France, very few anglers are lucky enough to fish rivers that holds both trouts and graylings. This fall offered us very good fishing conditions in the nort east of France with low levels. The temperatures are between 12 and 16°C, offering a good insect activity both over and under the surface.

However, few fish are rising, but so much fish are are eating underneath the surface ! I start on the first stream on the duo nymphing, using a K1 indicator dry fly, and attaching a PT1 nymph 0,7 meters behind the dry fly.

Like usual I make sure that the full part of the leader touching the surface is heavily greased to ensure perfect drifts and perfect final snatches ( to not drawn the indicator dry fly).

Seventh drift… ! KABOOM ! A 47 cm trout meets the net… Looks like a good start, this trout loved the PT1 tungsten nymph ! The “October fest” just started, because I will catch  only big fish on this day.

Many BWO’s are drifting on the surface, but very few of these big fish want to rise… No panic ! We all know that salmonids spend 90% of their time feeding underwater… Why do we have to wait for fish to rise, let’s provoke them on the nymph ! 

The next spot is a shallow ripple, I have to change my setup from a distance of 0,7 meters to 0,5 meters between the K1 fly and the PT1 nymph…

First fish : a 42 cm grayling. This lady of the stream was standing on a trout place, really close from the bank.

Then, I’ll catch another bunch of big graylings, all of them on the PT1 nymph.

All graylings are fat, calibrated between 42 to 48 cm for the bigger fish. This big 48 cm grayling is infact a massive female presenting a ridiculously small dorsal fin…

But the day fishing is not over… I can see on the next spot that barbels are reflecting on the bottom of a clear pool. Sight nymphing time !

I cut my actual line set up to switch to a bow cast sight nymphing set up, using a T2 tungsten  ceramic fly. After twenty drifts, a big barbel makes a move on the T2 nymph… Big fisht ! Fortunately, the G Loomis Czech nymph Max rod is doing the job.

A bunch of quick drifts in Czech nymphing in a rough streams… A nice trout jumped on the T1 point nymph !

Night is coming, but still, there’s a good spot to fish… I must switch to a bigger indicator dry fly to fish this rough surface. So I attacj a K2 fly, and I use a PT2 nymph as point nymph, because this stream is kind of deep. 

This last fish will be what I call a “ Dalmatian grayling”, a nice highly dotted grayling, a pure strain from the north east of France !

Keep an eye on the blog for the next article, and don’t forget : trout and graylings spend 90% of their time feeding underwater !