Fly Fishing Grayling Flies For Sale
What Makes Good Grayling Flies?
What is needed to make a good grayling fly pattern? As they are normally a bottom feeder the best grayling flies are often nymphs and bugs, however when grayling are rising to dry flies they are superb sport. However they cannot be teased to the surface with Klinkhammers in the same way trout can. When grayling are subsurface then a fly fisherman would be silly to try anything other than grayling nymph and grayling bugs. While czech nymphs, bugs and river nymph patterns especially infected shimps with their pink colouration are excellent fly patterns to use do not forget to try dry flies when grayling are rising.
Using Grayling Flies Through Winter
The grayling is a game fish but it has a different closed season to trout. It means we can fly fish for grayling over winter on rivers when we cannot fly fish for brownies on rivers. The Grayling provides great sport, especially over-winter during closed season for Trout the Grayling can be both challenging and rewarding for the fly fisherman. With its big sail it produces a very different fight when hooked. Dry fly fishing is decided by the availability of insects and the attitude of the grayling to surface feeding, if Grayling are not rising do not expect them to come to the surface. Choosing a grayling dry fly is not difficult if there are naturals simply match the hatch. Wet fly fishing or czech numphing is he most successful technique for Grayling. Traditional Grayling fly patterns such as Greenwells, Snipe and Purple, Partridge and Orange, Blue Dun, Red Tag, Hares Ear or Wickhams Fancy, worked across and downstream is often a sucessful way to search the water for Grayling. These patterns are of course mainly suitable for use in the autumn when grayling fly fishing is at its height. The Baetis nymph, Rhyacophilia Larva, Hydropsyche Larva and cased caddis are all direct imitations of the most frequently found river nymphs.
The Grayling - Thymallus thymallus
The grayling (Thymallus thymallus) is a species of freshwater fish in the salmon family (family Salmonidae) of order Salmoniformes. Native to the Palaearctic ecozone, the grayling is widespread throughout northern Europe, from the United Kingdom and France to the Ural Mountains in Russia. The grayling grows to a maximum recorded length of 60 cm (24 in) and a maximum recorded weight of 6.7 kg (15 lb). Of typical Thymallus appearance, the grayling proper is distinguished from the similar arctic grayling (Thymallus arcticus arcticus) by the presence of 5–8 dorsal and 3–4 anal spines, which are absent in the other species; Thymallus thymallus also has a smaller number of soft rays in these fins. Individuals of the species have been recorded as reaching an age of 14 years
The grayling prefers cold, clean, running river waters, but also occurs in lakes and, exceptionally, in brackish waters around the Baltic Sea (see the video below for grayling fly fishing in lakes in the Arctic using grayling flies on an ice fishing rod!).. Omnivorous, the fish feeds on vegetable matter as well as crustaceans, insects and spiders, molluscs, zooplankton, and smaller fish.
For more information on Grayling check our grayling fly fishing information blog post or our Winter Grayling Fly Fishing e-guide downloadable 35 Page Booklet which is a an e-guide immediately available on purchase.
Fly Fishing With Grayling Dry Flies
Dry fly fishing for grayling is fantastic fun, however the availability of insects and the attitude of the fish towards surface feeding always dictate the flies to use for Grayling. If Grayling are not rising do not expect them to come to the surface ....they simply will not. Choosing a dry fly is not difficult if there are naturals simply match the hatch, however flies that are really good for grayling include the Red Tag and Klinkhammer's and Black Magic in all their colours to match the hatching insects. Klinkhammers represent an emerging insect rather than a dun and it is successful for Grayling.
Fishing With Grayling Wet Flies
Wet fly fishing with a team of three traditional flies, patterns such as Greenwells, Snipe and Purple, Partridge and Orange, Blue Dun, Red Tag, Hares Ear or Wickhams Fancy, worked across and downstream is often a sucessful way to search the water. These patterns are of course mainly suitable for use in the autumn when grayling fly fishing is at its height.
Grayling Flies In Our Arctic Ice Fishing Video
Check out our video on a stunning fishing trip to 250 miles inside the Arctic Circle where we went ice fishing for lake grayling. The fish are so voratious with so little food available over winter under the ice they hit the grayling flies like a Pike hits a deceiver.