Grayling Fly Fishing and Long Trotting

Grayling Fly Fishing

Go Fly Fishing UK have particular strengths in providing Grayling fishing days, guiding, tuition and short breaks. Both the owners of the business have been keen Grayling fishers for well over 40 years. Steve Rhodes is Yorkshire area Secretary for The Grayling Society (see below) and was Chairman for a number of years.  Dave Martin has been an area Secretary while based in the south of England and has been an active member for over 25 years. Steve and Dave both have a lifetime of experience in fishing for Grayling and are both Orvis Endorsed Guides. Steve and Dave both guide for Grayling in Yorkshire and for 18 years Dave fished and guided for Grayling (and Trout) on the chalkstream rivers of Hampshire, Berkshire and the Cotswolds.  Dave also fishes around the UK and around the world for Grayling and has caught them in Sweden, Wyoming USA and at many locations in Alaska (see below).  Go Fly Fishing UK has excellent fly fishing guides in most of the parts of the UK where Grayling populations exist.

Many of the rivers we fish have excellent stocks of often large Grayling. In the Yorkshire Dales the rivers Wharfe, Ure and Ribble are classic grayling rivers as are the Southern chalk stream rivers Test, Itchen and Kennet together with the River Coln in the Cotswolds. The Welsh rivers Wye, Irfon, Severn, Dee and Taff also provide superb Grayling fishing and in the Lake District the River Eden and its tributary the River Eamont are excellent.

We can arrange guided Grayling fishing on all these rivers.


A full guided day of grayling fishing for one person costs from £169 to £229 depending on the water being fished and whether the date is before or after (lower price) the end of October. For groups of two or more fishers the cost per person is much lower. Call or email us for an exact quotation.

What to expect

Grayling offer great sporting opportunities for the river fisher. From late- August to mid-March they provide excellent fishing. As autumn moves into winter the fly fishing methods we use for Grayling change. On the freestone rivers in the north and west dry fly fishing becomes less effective and fishing heavily weighted nymphs and long trotting take over as the preferred methods. On the crystal clear chalk streams in the South of England it is still possible to catch Grayling with dry fly even through the very coldest winter weather. However even here the preferred method is sight fishing with a weighted nymph.

Grayling can be caught on all the standard river fly fishing techniques and the guides at Go Fly Fishing UK can teach you all of these together with the more specialised grayling techniques such as the "induced take", Czech nymph fishing and long trotting. Long trotting is a traditional method of fishing for Grayling using a float and a free-running centre pin reel with a worm or maggot as bait.

So just because the Trout season has ended don't pack away your fly fishing tackle, give us a call or send an email and we'll be happy to organise a superb Grayling fishing trip for you.

To book your Grayling fishing day with Go Fly Fishing UK or for more information please telephone Dave on 07899 034728 (south of England, excluding Devon) or Steve on 01756 748378 (north of England, Devon, Wales and Scotland) or email us at

Alaska Grayling hosted trips and advice

Over a number of visits to Alaska between 1999 and 2015 Dave has gained enormous experience of the best places to fish, the best places for access and the best places to stay.  In August 2015 Dave experienced by far the best Grayling dry fly fishing that he has ever had anywhere, landing many fish of over 2lbs with the largest weighed at just under 3lbs.  Dave has now partnered up with the owner of one of the excellent lodge where he stayed.  A party of fishers from the UK will be visiting in 2016 and in August 2017 Dave plans to host a small group to experience the best of Alaskan Grayling fly fishing and the best of Alaska.  Wives/partners are welcome to attend and in all parts of Alaska where Dave has visited in the past there are lots of interesting activities for non-fishers and fishers alike to participate in.  Dave's wife has accompanied him on all his past trips to Alaska and she has always very much enjoyed her holidays in Alaska even though she does very little fishing.  

Dave is also happy to provide advice and information for any fisher wanting to 'do their own thing' and visit Alaska separate to the planned hosted trip.  In addition to incredibe scenery and fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities, as well as Grayling, the fishing is superb for completely wild Rainbow Trout and all the species of Pacific Salmon.  Due to an 11 hour time difference to the UK It is possible to travel door to door from home in the UK to accommodation in Anchorage Alaska in a single day.  Some very good Grayling fishing can be reached via the Alaska road system but most of the best fishing for the biggest fish requires travelling by plane to areas of Alaska not accessible by car.   

Contact Dave on 07899 034728 or email him at

The Grayling Society

The Grayling Society is an international organisation with around 1000 members promoting "Awareness, Conservation and Angling for Grayling".  We would urge you to consider joining The Grayling Society by visiting their website at or by contacting Mike Tebbs, membership secretary on 01985 841192 or email him at

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