Clive Collier was once again the Guest Speaker at the Christmas Special evening. The main focus of his presentation was grayling flies particularly in the context of the Hanak European Grayling Festival held on the River Dee in November of 2018. Clive demonstrated the use of Edgebrite in the tying of a grayling hare’s ear pattern with which he has had success. He also tied a Perdigon pattern which has been successful on the welsh River Dee at Llangollen followed by a Squirmy Wormy pattern tied to international rules.

Clive has developed a “sliding indicator leader” for use where support is required for the nymphs tied on the tippet. This uses booby cord as the floating material and is proven to be an effective indicator rig especially for competition use.

This was a very instructive and enlightening evening in which Clive spoke about his recent grayling fishing experiences and the trends in fishing techniques that are occurring as a result of the competition from Belgium, Poland, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Norway, Isle of Man, etc