Tag Archives: Grayling Fly

Acetate Floss Caddis Nymph

I’ve used acetate for a number of red wormy patterns, but it never dawned on me to try it with a caddis. This is a really quick, durable pattern, and I rather like the idea of brushing on the acetate instead of the dunking. One thing that came to mind watching this clip was to add a touch of dubbing between the 2 strands of floss and using it like a dubbing loop before wrapping it like on the Shark’s Caddis Pupa. I will have to experiment with the technique to see if that could work.

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Creepy Crawly Stonefly Nymph – Hans Stephenson

this is a killer looking little stonefly nymph that I know will work perfectly on my favorite little stream. The legs on this are killer looking, and although Hans uses golden pheasant, you could easily use ringneck in it’s place. It’s a fairly realistic pattern once you add the legs, and I can’t see how a hungry trout could pass up that little morsel. I love the fact that it’s tied on a short scud hooks. I find these are great for hook ratios and favor them over the longer shanked curved hooks. Happy tying.


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Pinkie – Hans Stephenson

Hans ties up a great looking fly, and this midge / Chironimid patterns looks like cotton candy for trout. The hot pink wire is a nice contrast, and the color might even be a trigger for trout feeding on scuds or mysis shrimp. One thing I would probably change up is the hook to a smaller shanked scud hook on the larger sizes, but smaller flies in the 14-18 range should be fine on the longer shank. Pink is also one of my favorite colors for picking up grayling, something I’m long over due for.

This fly came about after seeing small pink worms in stomach pump samples in our local tailwater Rapid Creek. While this is not a perfect match it works very well. Coincidently it also works very well on the Bighorn River. Fish might also be taking this fly in our tailwater as a mysis shrimp.

Don’t forget to stop by and visit hans at www.flyfishsd.com

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