10 October 2012

some simple grayling flies

With some grayling fishing on the cards soon I've been stocking up the box with a few of my favourite flies for this time of year, like most of my fly tying these days i tend to keep it as simple as possible.

It's not unusual to find Grayling smutting on small black flies at this time of year so a suitable imitation in black such as a klink is a useful pattern to have in the box

the grayling were smutting in this pool on a very low and clear river

rather than the heavy bugging associated with grayling fishing in the depths of winter, a nz set up with a wire nymph suspended below a big klink can be good, pink or plain tungsten beads have their day.

 Ive started using coq de leon for the tail rather than pheasant tail as its more durable

a nice autumn grayling

a simple shrimp pattern  in grey with a wee bit of glister is another one for the box

a  fine October day on a grayling stream


  1. For the most part fish eat drab simple food.
    Your flies fit the menu.

    1. thanks Alan, drab except for a little touch of glister in the thorax.

  2. Yep..simple and easy..sometime they like MacDonald's too :)
    Nice blog,am following.
    Feel free to visit and follow our fishing blog in Borneo at http://www.kakinginti.rumahpanjai.com

    1. thanks Anglers Belong, looking forward to reading about fishing in Borneo.

    2. Real nice post Brian, got me in the mood!

      Anglers Belong looking forward to reading of your exploits in the jungle i'll put your blog on the side bar.


  3. Nice pics well presented i would have to add a tungsten prince nymph size 16, caught so many Grayling & Brownies on this fly this season.

  4. Thanks russ, i'll need to tie up some of those wee prince nymphs to try for the grayling, its good to have some different options in the box.