Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Advice -

Grayling ha­bit­u­ally hold close to the riverbed whether they are ac­tively scan­ning for food, or rest­ing. Even when ris­ing to in­sects at the sur­face, grayling tend to hug the stony struc­ture, re­sult­ing in longer jour­neys to the sur­face and back. Why they do this is beyond me though it might have some­thing to do with their stream­line pro­file and shoal­ing na­ture, both of which are made eas­ier when sta­tioned over a bed of gravel. More soli­tary trout on the other hand, will hold just be­neath the sur­face (on the fin) when nab­bing sur­face food. Some­thing else that sep­a­rates grayling from trout is the lat­ter in­vari­ably make for cover when they are alarmed, of­ten hid­ing be­neath tree roots, boul­ders, or un­der­cut banks. Grayling, mean­while, sim­ply break rank when spooked, only for the shoal to re­group shortly af­ter­wards, which is cer­tainly down to the ‘safety in num­bers’ men­tal­ity! Con­tin­u­ally pes­ter­ing a shoal though, will even­tu­ally send them to deeper and darker parts of a pool.

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