pink…

“The question still abounds, ‘why do grayling love the colour pink?’ In the pink shrimp it’s fairly obvious, as our rivers do hold a number of these fresh water shrimps; however, it’s now a regular occurrence to see row after row of patterns in many angler’s fly boxes sporting patterns with pink bodies, pink thoraxes, pink ribs, etc.
One theory regularly discussed on the riverbank is whether the grayling (bottom feeders by default) think the pink, shiny shades resemble eggs. Another theory of course, is that this so called ‘Lady of the Stream’ is just that…a lady…and like her human counterparts (with their love for all things bags and shoes), she loves a bit of flashy bling! Of course, I couldn’t possibly comment on such a sexist theory! All I know is…pink works. ”
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yeah, some things are better left unsaid… whether pink works or not  is neither here nor there for me because i’m simply not interested in catching a fish that goes that way… 😆

ok, kidding and silly guffawing aside, here’s a great step-by-step tutorial by buddy Gareth Lewis on making a heavy, bottom-dredging freshwater shrimp pattern that’ll work wonderfully with not only the horrid graylings but just about any insect-eating river fish (and some stillwaters) like trout, barbell, chub, carp and who knows what else.
simple, fast and easy to tie are prerequisites for this type of fly as dredging the bottom means hanging up on a regular basis with it’s ensuing ritual ‘offering to the flow’… but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have all the necessary fish-seducing elements and trigger appeal as they’re tumbling along the bottom of the stream and these have just that. by varying a few materials you can use the same  tying method and end up with beauties like these.

click the pink thing or HERE to access Gareth’s excellent step-by-step, enjoy !

4 thoughts on “pink…

  1. Marc it is quite strange that in UK pink works. In Romania pink don’t work at all. In Winter is working grey , tan and cream with orange hot spot and orange in Spring. Late in Autumn in Poland and Slovakia is working violet better than pink…
    cheers,
    lucian

    • well, although i’ve not seen them myself, Gareth does refer to a natural ‘pink shrimp’. he’s in Wales.
      i’ve done some searching and the only one i could find that was really pink is from this page so they do exist !
      http://www.gemel-normandie.org/index.php?pages/Animal
      (which is of course french… 😆 )
      apart from areas that have these freakishly coloured bugs, my thoughts are that the colour of pink and orange hotspots (or complete flies) get’s transformed by light reflectance from the stream bed and water quality and this brings the colour to a more natural tone to the fish while still sticking out a bit from the natural bugs.
      this reflectance from the bottom thing is a real colour changer that completely alters the fly’s appearance as opposed to when viewed in the air. funnily enough, i’ve never heard or read about this phenomenon.
      i’ll have more on this subject with pics and stuff to explain it easily soon.
      marc

  2. well, I’m curios. Sometimes I tested strange colors when I was on San and Dunajec in Poland. I used shrimps tied in green or violet. The entire body was made with these colors. And in some days these flies works better than the classic flies used there. But in others days, in the same week that I spent for fishing there, I had to change the colors to catch something 🙂

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