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Category: Flies for Fly Fishing | Author: Samuel Piekar

In this article you will find some good tips for the best grayling flies from Fulling Mill assortment.

Grayling caught on fly

The English company Fulling Mill is one of the largest producers and producers of artificial flies in the world. I chose 10 grayling patterns for you to use throughout the year. Grayling actively takes food throughout the year, so it is not unusual to go to grayling fly fising even in winter. But the best season for grayling hunting is autumn. Most often we fish with nymphs and dry flies.

Modern nymphs can not do without tungsten beads. The most versatile bead color is silver, I recommend black beads to clear  and often fished waters, but the grayling also responds well to pink and pink beads. On the contrary, for fly fishing rivers and stream with peat water, I prefer to use copper heads. It is also important that the fly is revived by something, such as a colored dot, ribbing, tag or colored head. Graylings love such triggers in pink, orange, purple or red.

Fly fishing for grayling is a matter of the heart for many fly fishermen, and we must not underestimate the preparation of flies. It is important to choose a really small fly size, which often ranges in size 18-20, but the exception is not even using much smaller flies.

The most common flies used are various patterns of ephemera, emergers, caddis and beetles.

Dirty Pink Shrimp

1) Dirty Pink Shrimp

This pattern has the best use in the winter months. Winter nymphing is strongly associated with fishing with Czech Nymphs, so my favorite pattern is the pink-purple gammarus, after which graylings literally go crazy in the winter months.

SR Grayling special

2) SR Grayling Special

For me, definitely one of the most interesting grayling patterns that Fulling Mill offers. The hare body combined with the pink-orange tip, pink wire and pink tungsten head combines several proven combinations into one killer unit. The ideal use of this fly will be in autumn and winter.

Duracel Jig

3) Duracell Jig

Violet-blue pattern with a silver head, which is very simple for fly tying, but has everything I imagine from the right nymph and corresponds to modern trends in competition fly
fishing. Equipped with Coq de Leon feathers, which has a beautiful glassy underwater structure, it has legs made from CDC feathers, which are very vivid under water and bind air bubbles under water. Nice pattern with universal use throughout the season.

KJ CDC Red Tag

4) KJ CDC Red Tag

Year-round pattern, which is excellent for grayling and trout fly fishing, but I also use it for catching coarse fish on fly. Orange tip (in the title is a red tag, but the tip is rather orange), black body, legs from CDC and gold head is the combination no fish can resist. This fly can be found on my set up almost everytime I go nymph fishing due to its versatility and efficiency.

SR Grayling special

5) Pink Hot Spot

Pheasant tail pattern with black head, Coq de Leon feather juice and pink trigger. The dark head is a good option for catching grayling in clear or intensively fished water. I personally used a very similar pattern during my visits to neighboring Austria. This pattern of pheasant nymphs is very versatile throughout the season.

Red Neck Pheasant Tail

6) Red Neck Pheasant Tail

Another universal pheasant tail nymph pattern in natural colors with copper head. Copper heads are on some waters the best choice, I prefer them a lot on the Šumava rivers (Vltava, Otava), they  have more acidic water and the shade of water is darker. However this fly is the right natural nymph, suitable for plenty of waters.

Squirminator Jig

7) Squirminator Jig B/L

Squirmy worms are recently the most controversial patterns of modern fly fishing. Some love them, others hate them, but one thing is certain, you cannot know anything about their
effectiveness unless you see it for yourself. These flies are all-year-round, but they can surprise you the most in sloppy and murky water, or when you can't catch a fish for anything else. I recommend using squirmy wormy in pink in very muddy water.

McPhail CDC Olive Quill

8) McPhail CDC Olive Quill B/L

The flies from quill have an irreplaceable place for grayling fly fishing, it is a real classic grayling fly. Quill material very realistically mimics the ephemera body (mayfly body) and it is almost impossible to replace. I can highly recommend this pattern for most of the situations you will encounter from late spring to late autumn!

JL Mole Cul

9) JL Mole Cul

The CDC Shuttlecock variant, which mimics small olive emergers. Due to the absence of tail, this fly naturally sinks into the water blank, which is very natural for the fish. This is an excellent fly patern for catching large graylings. I recommend using this fly when the fish does not seem interested in the classic ephemera patterns.

JL Mole ´F´

10) JL Mole ´F´ Fly

F-Fly was one of the very first versions of the CDC flies. The basis of F-Fly is a few CDC feathers and olive dubbing body. The biggest advantage of this fly is its universal silhouette and thin body, which is lightly embedded in the water blank. Again, I recommend this pattern when the fish are very careful, or when they actively accept insects other than ephemera.

The grayling hunting is the domain of only fly fishermen, and fly fishing for grayling in autumn is an unforgettable notion we are looking forward to all season. With variations of these patterns, grayling and other fish, I catch myself and I believe they will definitely not disappoint you and lead you to a dream catch.

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