The 2017 Earlston Grayling Competition took place on Saturday 14th January on a snow lined River Tweed between Upper Pavillion and Lower Makerstoun. The annual catch and release competition was attended by 47 anglers and the fishing proved tough on the day with the average catch per angler being only 1.4 Grayling (the competition average is 2.1). The winning angler on the day was Aberdeen’s Mike Cordiner with 10 Grayling. Local anglers Jake Harvey (nine Grayling) and Jim Fairgrieve (eight Grayling) finished second and third respectively. The largest Grayling on the day fell to Jim Fairgrieve with a fish of 57cm (measured to the tip of the tail). It would have weighed around 3 ½ lb’s according to the Tweed Foundation’s Grayling length/weight chart (the Scottish Grayling record is 3lb 1oz from the Upper Tweed). Congratulations to Mike who gets to hold on to the competition trophy until next year’s competition.
The competition organisers, the Earlston Angling Association, are kind enough to donate the results from the competition to the Tweed Foundation so that we can use the data to monitor Tweed Grayling. The results are of particular interest to the Foundation due to number of years we have data for, the first data provided being in 1996; and because of the Grayling length data provided, as each fish is accurately measured before being returned. The Grayling data from the competition shows that catches from year to year are highly variable and whilst this year’s competition catch was below average, the overall trend is one of improving catches.
The competition was not held in 2011, 2015 and 2016 due to high flows