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Grayling School

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Grayling School (4 Day School) – £640

This School will run when we get enough interest so register your interest now by emailing Grayling School.

In recent years Kirkwood, on the river Annan, has been the venue of many highly-acclaimed Salmon and Sea Trout Schools.  Now Anthony Steel of Kirkwood, together with angling expert Chris Bowman are offering a Grayling School.

February is usually one of the best times of the year for grayling and there are some exceptional grayling in the Annan.  The Kirkwood beat holds some enormous fish too, recently an angler at Kirkwood caught a superb 3lb 3oz example and next door to Kirkwood one of 4lb 2oz was caught and released.

Based at Kirkwood, your accommodation will be in one of our holiday cottages situated in the Stables Courtyard.  You will have your own bedroom but will share a cottage with fellow anglers.  All meals (breakfast, packed lunch and evening meal) are included in the price, as is the fishing, accommodation, guidance and tuition.  The price for all this is just £640.

Steve and GraylingGuidance from Chris

You will be accompanied by or near Anthony or the qualified instructors at all times for group and one-to-one tuition.  Casting instruction, guidance and tips will be available thoughout the day.  The emphasis will be on fishing hard, putting into practise the knowledge gleaned from the evening talks and tuition sessions.

During the sessions you will learn about efficient fly-casting, fly fishing tactics, long trotting, tying of effective flies and how to read the river, along with safety and wading.  On booking, we will supply an equipment list and if you need kit, it can be hired, although please tell us what you want to hire well in advance.

You will learn about grayling ecology, identify some of its food items during the entemology session and learn how to imitate them during the fly tying session.  You will try fly fishing including Czech nymphing, North Country Spiders, nymphing tactics and fishing the dry fly.

You will explore bait-fishing techniques, traditional and modern, long trotting, Wallis casting with a centre pin, ledgering for grayling using a swim feeder and how to use a bait dropper.  There is also a chance of a specimen chub.

Demonstration from GlynWading

Most importantly though, this is about grayling fishing.  Whilst the River Annan is particularly beautiful and a joy to fish, especially at Kirkwood, it also holds monstrous grayling and there is even the potential to catch a UK record here!

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Phone: 01576 510 200 or Email:

Sadly, we must remind you that weather is a major factor in fishing and if faced with poor weather conditions we may have to change how we fish or the location.  In very high water it is even possible that we would not be able to fish at all, but it is unlikely.  If so, we would have extra tuition and talks and organise more fly tying sessions etc.  Once booked and paid for no refunds are given under any circumstances and we recommend that you purchase a suitable holiday insurance policy to cover you for any unseen eventualities.