Cascade Nymph

named that way because that’s precisely it’s playing ground.

Cascade Nymph m.fauvet:tlc 23-3-14whether presenting it from the side or casting directly upstream into the boil (or even above and let it tumble in), this type of flashy, heavy, big and bulky fly more than often does the trick when all the fish see is something like this:
you got it, its busy and noisy and to get there attention, something a lot bigger than ‘normal’ needs to stand out from all the bubbles, smaller bugs and debris that gets washed down. simply put, the dainty calmer-water flies we’ll use down or upstream of these waterfalls have a much lesser chance of being seen and trout tend to not eat what they can’t see !
knowing full well that a lot would consider this fly as more of a grayling attractor, if you remember this post you’ll also remember that the least of my interests is trying to catch ugly fish, but ! beautiful fish love it too which in turn, makes me happy  because i still get to tie and fish ugly flies without having to deal with the horrible horrids

tied with love &
hook- Demmon DGS 900 BL #10
bead- tungsten 3.5mm black
thread- Veevus 8/0 black
rib- Veevus French Tinsel large gold
after completion of the fly the rib was coated with a reddish-brown marker
abdomen- Hends Spectra Flash peacock
thorax- Hends Spectra black
brush out the dubs with a velcro stick once finished

an ugly fly for an ugly fish

if ever there was a friggin’ ugly and stupid looking fish, this is it.
uglylipsgrayling

grayling  (Thymallus thymallus):  their flaccid, distorted, insecure ‘Angelina‘ lips and biology class dead frog expressions are the disgrace of the animal world.
often referred to as “The Lady of the Streams” by what must be myopic, sexually repressed, football or hockey-on-tv-watching anglers, we’ll note that this expression is a horrible insult to women of all kinds.  i’d gladly sucker-punch the ******** who came up with the term and greatly incourage you to do the same next time you hear those despicable words.

these things often live in pods where there can be hundreds of them scrounging around meaninglessly right around your feet. once found, the hardest challenge for the angler is to avoid stepping on them while wading. once hooked, they fight like they look: like a flip-flopping one-legged sheep with butt cancer and to make things worse…  just like vampires, a lot of these creepy things don’t even show up on film leaving the impression that the whole thing was just a bad dream  !

no grayling

anyhow, a lot of us live in areas where trout fishing is closed during their reproductive season and we’re left to resort to  this soggy species if we want to fish in rivers so, as pitiful as these creatures may be they still need to eat and to trick them we’ll often need to resort to ‘flie’s that match their looks, personalities and lack of  taste.
along the same lines as a Happy-Meal placed in front of a pimply kid, this strange, unnatural and otherwise all-around offensive ‘discodildo on a hook’ wakes up these stupid fish’s appetites and gets them to open their disgusting mouths long enough to set the hook.
this fly-thing is very heavy and it’s not really safe to cast. it’s lobbed Euro-Nymphing style through fast and deep pools and holes and we dredge the bottom where these horrid fish hide in shame waiting for something ugly to be swept downstream into their gross mouths.
the line/leader  is tight and takes are usually lacking in subtlety so all we have to do is lift the rod and slide the slimy thing to the net, slip out the ‘fly’ and let it go back where it belongs. job done, next.

disco-dildo (a grayling fly)

made with-
no love whatsoever but a deep sense of desperation mingled with an overwhelming urge to offend any dry-fly purist i might meet on the water.

hook– Partridge “pre-leaded for ugly fish, grub style” #12.
flatten out the round body with pliers so it doesn’t look like a jumbo hotdog when finished.
be sure to sharpen the points as they’re pre-dulled at the factory.
under thread – anything white and cheap, it’s just to make a nice smooth discodildo shape that will be covered by:
abdomen‘ –  Glitter Thread chose the color to match your own tastes, these fish are too dumb to see the difference
head–  Demmon Hot Spot Thread in orange. they’re attracted to orange and considering there’s no orange food available to them naturally, this makes perfect sense.

i’m always fond of saying that “any fish is a good fish”, except for grayling…