Category Archives: Grayling Fly

Tying the Pink and Tan Grayling Bug with Darren MacEachern

The Pink and Tan is a fly that reminds me of a time early in my fly fishing career when some of my fellow anglers took me to a secluded spot deep in the northern Alberta backcountry. We drove through foresty roads, more or less unmarked and abandoned. You may pass a truck every 20 miles or so, but they are few and far between. Our destination was a little trickle of glacier water brimming with grayling, whitefish, and the occasional bull trout. From that day, the Arctic grayling became one of my favorite fishes to catch on the fly. They are gems and look as though they belong in the tropics rather than the cooler climates they are often found in. I fished for grayling quite a bit in Alberta and have had days where I was able to catch so many I wasn’t able to keep count.

Pink is a great color for grayling, but I like to fish it somewhat subdued. While I have done well with glowing bright hot pink flies, the hint of pink feels right. I tie these on a jig hook like the Partridge SUJ barbless hook or a Mustad C49s in sizes 10 down to 18. You can vary the weight by using either brass or tungsten beads and with the amount of weight you choose to wrap around the shank.

Pink and Tan Grayling Bug Fly pattern recipe

Hook: Partridge SUJ #10-18
Bead: Hot pink tungsten or brass
Thread: Pink 6/0 (140d)
Tail: Pink Congo Hair
Ribbing: Gold Ultrawire
Body: Tan Laser Dubbing
Thorax: Golden brown Ice Dubbing

Pink and Tan Grayling Bug
Pink and Tan Grayling Bug

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Muir Boatman tied by Darren MacEachern

I love tying and fishing waterboatman fly patterns. I find them particularly useful in the early spring and the fall. This pattern uses a shiny Flashabou shellback and is weighted for a quick descent. If you can’t or do not want to use lead, I recommend tying this in a beaded or beadhead version. Just be sure to use a black colored bead for that application.

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Bubble Wing Caenis tied by Davie McPhail

This little CDC Bubble Wing Caenis tied by Davie is a magical little dry/emerger fly pattern. The bubble wing is constructed with loops of CDC and this pattern will really float high. The Canis is tied using high contrasting white and natural gray CDC which should help keep it visible in a variety of lighting conditions. This style looks promising, and I’ll be tying a few versions for this week’s trout opener.

Bubble Wing Caenis fly pattern recipe

Hook: Fulling Mill All-Purpose Medium size 16
Thread: White Giorgio Beneccchi
Tail: Light Speckled Coq de Leon Fibres
Body: White CDC Feather
Wing: Two Natural Grey CDC Feathers
Thorax: White CDC Dubbing

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Youtube Channel: Davie McPhail
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