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Old 07-01-2017, 15:59
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just wondering what type / pattern hook you guys recommend ?
I'd guess that, in the last three years or so, 80% of my fishing has revolved around grayling. My hook of preference for them is the Drennan Wide Gape Match.

However, if it's just the better ones that are doing you, it might be worth examining the rest of your gear, especially the action of the rod. There's more than the odd float rod out there that stiffen up a little too suddenly when bigger fish are encountered.
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Old 07-01-2017, 17:15
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I'd guess that, in the last three years or so, 80% of my fishing has revolved around grayling. My hook of preference for them is the Drennan Wide Gape Match.

However, if it's just the better ones that are doing you, it might be worth examining the rest of your gear, especially the action of the rod. There's more than the odd float rod out there that stiffen up a little too suddenly when bigger fish are encountered.
Yes i was wondering about the action of the rod ! I'm using a 14ft Drennan Acolyte Ultra which i thought would be perfect ?

These fish are in quite fast water and maybe i need to be a bit more forceful with them as they seem to come off quite quickly ?
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Old 07-01-2017, 18:01
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Yes i was wondering about the action of the rod ! I'm using a 14ft Drennan Acolyte Ultra which i thought would be perfect ?

These fish are in quite fast water and maybe i need to be a bit more forceful with them as they seem to come off quite quickly ?
I can't say that I'm having any issues with Acolyte Ultras, they do suit me well. However, I do use an eleven foot Matchpro Ultralight on small rivers and becks. It's from these venues that all my better grayling have come in recent years. The fish on the main rivers I fish are tending to average around the pound mark. The average on the becks is closer to a pound and a half. The best recent fish being an agonizing ounce short of two pounds.

I know a few anglers fishing the slower Dorset and Hampshire chalk streams that prefer the softer, more forgiving, action of a Matchpro Ultralights. I suspect that individual styles of playing fish is likely to be a factor too.
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Old 07-01-2017, 20:28
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I have found the Kamasan B525 hooks to be the best. I rarely suffer hook pulls and have enormous confidence in them. These are tied direct to Preston Power Reflo line which I also rate very highly and use as mainline on the pin.
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Old 07-01-2017, 21:39
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Do you possibly think some of them could be foulhooked,feel bigger then drop off ?.Though i have had a lot of big roach come off when using a 13ft acolyte ultra,its really put me off of the rod.
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Old 08-01-2017, 09:12
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I have ordered some different hooks as you guys have recommended and will try them out on my next visit and see if they make any difference.
I do foul hook some of the average size fish and usually land them also some nice Trout fairly hooked that stay on despite their aerobatics !
Maybe most of my problem is down to me tensing up and of course Grayling are experts and getting off !! The rod is relatively new so maybe there's a learning curve there as well ?
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Old 08-01-2017, 10:11
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I have found the Kamasan B525 hooks to be the best. I rarely suffer hook pulls and have enormous confidence in them. These are tied direct to Preston Power Reflo line which I also rate very highly and use as mainline on the pin.
I've used Preston power reflo as a match angler, and rated it back then fishing up to rushes/reed beds. I still use it now as main line and hooklink on my pins, and for feeder fishing hooklinks. Brilliant line!

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Old 08-01-2017, 18:54
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IME the very best hook is the drennan red maggot hook.

Very few fish lost. I fish 3 maggots on a 14. Tough mouths demand fine wire to penetrate and hold.

They really work well.
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Old 09-01-2017, 10:04
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Agree with Graham , Drennan Red Maggot micro barbed also Maggot Carp , same hook but barbless . In Kamasan B911 barbless , superb hook imho .Have taken some nombers of fish on all of these hooks , losses are par for the course due to the action of the fish when hooked.
I use rods with different actions , on the stiffer rods my line of choice is power pro , on softe rods I use dynema braid .
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Old 16-02-2017, 21:59
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A great days grayling fishing. Still trying for my first 3lber



And had a 2.13 and a 2.15 1/2!!!!!

Cant post pics as photobucket account canx as full of virus rubbish
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