“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. ”

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 !

Tying The Chironomid Emerger

by Gareth Lewis in Southern Wales
“Like most of the patterns I tie, I can’t claim any creative-rights, however, I have tweaked this pattern a lot over the years, and it’s a simply fantastic pattern for both trout and grayling; during the warmest and coldest months. A simple pattern with only a handful of materials, it’s a great imitation of the emerging chironomid (non-biting midge) as it sits in the surface film, attempting to break free. All the triggers are there – with an emerging ‘mess’ of legs, a little flash to imitate the chemical-like bursts of bio-matter, and a nice, simple, CDC wing. I never EVER go on a fishing trip without this pattern.”

sounds pretty darn good and the fly looks even gooder ! click the pic for the step-by-step video on Gareth’s web page Fly Fishing in South Wales.