The Art of Grayling Fishing…21st September 2021

September 25, 2021

Fly fishing clubs are a great way to meet fellow minded people and improve your own skills as most clubs have some very knowledgeable members. I’ve been a member of Corwen and District Angling Club now for several years and I’ve benefited enormously from the people I’ve met there. CADAC as a club is awash talent. Amongst the members are a number of qualified guides, fly tyers and casting instructors some of whom hold the very highest international qualifications. In addition, we have many fishermen who have competed at national and international levels.


The arts are well represented too with several members contributing to fly fishing publications and videos on a regular basis. We even have a famous sculptor in our ranks!

Local artist Neil Dalrymple is renowned for his wildlife pieces and in particular his depictions of game fish. His smaller pieces adorn man caves across the globe whilst some of his larger pieces are commissioned by institutions such as the Charles Cotton Museum.


Earlier this week, Neil and I finally managed to arrange our long awaited Grayling fishing day on the Dee. Shortly after meeting, he told me that he’d really like to get some fresh shots of a good grayling for an upcoming sculpture.

The CADAC stretches of the Dee didn’t let us down and Neil managed to land a couple of absolute crackers on the dry fly.

I can’t wait to see the finished piece!

The take!
The fish!
A second big male Grayling on the dry fly.
One of Neil’s Brown Trout pieces

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