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
William ties a really beautiful fly. This emerger is one of the nicest I’ve seen in a while. The body uses 3 hairs from elk and moose so that there is a color difference in the body. This combination gives the body the look if a stripped peacock quill body. It is reinforced with a coating of UV resin, creating a durable fly body.
The floating portion of the fly is comprised of snowshoe hare feet and deer hair. The fly will float wonderfully while the body dips into the drink. I can’t wait until spring to give this pattern a throw.
Danica Emerger Fly Tying Pattern Recipe
Hook: Gamakatsu F22 #10
Thread: UTC 70 white
Body: Elk Hair or Moose Mane Hair
Resin: UV Resin
Tail: Pheasant Tail
Thorax and Legs: Snowshoe Hare
Wing: Winter Deer Hair
This is an easy way to put together a custom collection of dubbing and to build an assortment box or dispenser. The dubbing I blend is similar to the Senyo’s Laser Dubbing from Hareline. I use a lot of Laser Dubbing, but I like to be able to build my own custom colors and blend several colors of acrylic yarn with an accent like Ice Dubbing or Angelina Fibers.
Here is the Ebay Store I buy my Angelina Fiber from – http://ebay.to/2G08kt1
You can mix 1 color of yarn with some of the Angelina fibers, or mix multiple colors with multiple colors of Angelina fiber. I like to mix black in with lighter colors for a dirty looking blend.
For the tool, just find a paperclip and use some pliers to straighten the wire and add a tight bend to one end. I added the weight on the other end so I can find it a little easier in my giant messy fly tying room. I’ve also used a bodkin that I heated the tip and bent into a hook.
Yarn – Acrylic, wool or blends
Scissors (not your fly tying scissors
Plastic compartment box (plano)
Drill w/ 1/16 & 3/16 bits
2x pet grooming tools
Angelina fibers or ice dubbing