“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 !

an ugly fly for an ugly fish

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

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…

Hello Kitty flies

both they go: up, up, up to the Sky

and down, down, down to the graylings.

why any fish would want to put something so ungodly and unnatural in their mouths is beyond me but one thing’s for sure, these campy fish love these pink fluffy candy-like things !

– Hello Mary by Soasig Chamaillard

– Luscious Pink-Puffs by Lucian Vasies

sorry for the offensive links but pink really gets to me in a bad way… :mrgreen:

wet sunday

made with:
Hayabusa ‘Bent Nymph’ H.Fly 383 no. 10
Veevus thread 16/0 brown
tail- Whiting Pardo medium fibers splayed out fan-style
body- a groovy knitting yarn found on some open-air market somewhere in France
hackle- the fluffy-fuzzy stuff at the base of the Pardo feather wound in a dubbing loop

the body’s a little plump but it all slims down to the right size when wet and gives a somewhat translucent, browner, buggy appearance in a similar manner as Chadwick’s 477 changes color. yummy !

DHE 2.0

Bob Wyatt‘s  Deer Hair Emerger, an updated version tied by Hans Weilenmann

what a treat ! a few months back we had seen Bob tie his Snow Shoe Hare Emerger variant of the mega-classic D.H.E. and here’s an awesome tutorial with a new twist.
notice the ‘reversed dubbing’, the pronounced deer hair stubs, Hans’ sparse use of thread and specially the ultra-buggy appearance of the finished fly.
this is definitely a pattern to have in different sizes and colors in every box. enjoy !

be sure to check out Hans’ site for the absolute best online collection of flies from around the world.

Bee Cee Caddis Pupa

By Barry Ord Clarke via the Mustad site

 here’s a particularly nice and juicy step by step of a great caddis pupae imitation worth having in every box. the use of chamois skin and the way the ostrich herls are wrapped around each winding of the skin give a very life-like look and realistic movement to this fly. something to note and that we don’t see in the images is how chamois skin looks when wet: very-very buggy with an impression of translucency and just plain awesome bug-like yumminess ! quite common in the past as it was used to get a spot-free finish after washing automobiles, they’re not the easiest material to find as they have mostly been replaced by synthetics but well worth the search.
 click either pic to access the step by step and nice accompanying notes and fishing suggestions. enjoy !