‘Nymph-IT’ Nymphs

Nymph-IT Nymphs

The Nymph-IT tying thread has fast become one of my favourite tying materials. It’s replaced things like pheasant tails in my normal tying regime – the colours are fantastic and can be incorporating into almost any fly you can think of. The chestnut brown jig pictured above has been a favoruite of mine for years, and now has been updated with this versatile material.

The pink and red jigs were both favoured by the chalkstream grayling, however, the UV pink went somewhat dull when wet, so the addition of a mirage underbody soon sorted that out and started to take plenty of grayling in faster runs.

Pink UV Jig

Hook: Fulling Mill Jig Hook
Bead: 3mm Black Tungsten Bead
Thread: UV Pink Nymph-IT
Tail: Glo Brite Floss
Underbody: Lrg Mirage Tinsel
Body: UV Pink Nymph-IT
Hackle: Flo Pink CDC
Thorax: UV Pink Ice Dub

Chestnut Brown Jig

Hook: Fulling Mill Jig Hook
Bead: 3mm Copper Tungsten Bead
Thread: Copper Brown Nymph-IT
Tail: Coq De Leon
Body: Copper Brown Nymph-IT
Hackle: Natural CDC
Thorax: 45 Hends Glister

Ron’s Vimto Jig

Hook: Fulling Mill Jig Hook
Bead: 3.5mm Red Tungsten Bead
Thread: Copper Purple Nymph-IT
Tail: Coq De Leon
Body:  Copper Purple Nymph-IT
Hackle: Natural CDC
Thorax: UV Pink/Hares Ear Dubbing

A Trio of Chalkstreams

The past weekend was a bit mental to say the least – fishing three chalkstreams in two days, all done on the whim of excitement… and anticipation of large grayling. For any river angler – especially at this time of year when the conditions can be somewhat challenging – a single, large lady can make any ones day.

Friday evening Kristian and I decided to travel to Southampton to meet up with Wesley Boyd for a chalkstream filled, fishing weekend. We arrived pretty late Friday evening so it was a quick cuppa and off to bed, ready for an early start to the River Test at Timsbury.

I’d been playing around for a whole week with the new Nymph-It material from Funky Fly Tying, basically a thread with either UV, Copper or Pearl supporting strand. It’s ideal for those who haven’t got a lot of time to sit down and tie, simply use it as your thread, make the body out of it’s 20 delicious colours (60 in all with the different blends) and you’re ready to go.

The Test and it’s carrier fished fairly well considering the conditions, with 20 grayling just like the below gracing my net alone. Kris and Wes both got plenty of fish, but at 1.30pm we had the chance to jump ship and head to the Itchen, an offer too good to refuse. A short 20 minute trip down the motorway and we were there, fishing by 10 past 2.

Chalkstream Grayling Nymph-It

The conditions were much the same with a slight colouring in the water, but the clear patches were easily identifiable and we caught plenty of trout and grayling. The grayling weren’t as big as we’d caught on the Test, not until Kristian came up with this…

Kristian Itchen Grayling

Sunday we headed over to the Lambourn, much higher up the system than the two stretches of river we fished the day before. The river was crystal clear and absolutely full of fish. The Lambourn was somewhere I’d never fished before, so it was a great treat having a day on there.

The average size of grayling was much larger than I first anticipated, so I spent the majority of the day chasing these larger grayling. The biggest however, remained elusive to whatever I threw at them, they’d even turn their noses up at the worm… but this is what makes you want to go back for more…

Chalkstream Grayling Fishing

Pink Shrimp for Grayling

Alex Jardine Pink Grayling Bug

Featured in a previous post about Flies for River Dee Grayling this pink shrimp caught me a few fish on a recent trips to the river. A fly which had been described to me by Alex Jardine of Aardvark Mcleod as “The only fly you’ll ever need for grayling”. So, it had to be worth a go, right? Certainly.

The body is a mix of two coloured dubbings, Flo Pink and Lavender Ice Dub in a 50/50 mix, covered with a pearl shell back and ribbed with pink wire. Alex mentioned the use of purple wire as the rib, which, im sure would work also. Ice dub has a tendency to loose its colour when wet, so a brightly coloured thread layered over the dull lead body is key to tying this fly, allowing the colour to penetrate the dubbed body once wet.

Fished Czech or French style under the rod tip with either a team of flies or as a single fly to target fish in clear water.

Pink Shrimp (Alex Jardine)

Hook: Fulling Mill Czech Nymph Size 12
Underbody: 2 layers lead
Thread: Glo-Brite No4
Body: Flo Pink Ice Dub Mixed with Lavender Ice Dub
Shellback: Broad Pearl (Tyers Mate)
Rib: Pink UTC Wire
Black Pen Coloured

River Dee Grayling Flies

With the Grayling Festival coming up at the end of the month, many anglers are getting ready for a (usually) alcohol filled weekend meeting new friends, catching up with old, and fishing for Grayling on the famous Welsh Dee. So before this armada of anglers get stuck in, I decided to get a couple of days in on the river before they take a pummeling by some of the best anglers from around the globe.

The fly box has been stocked with the usual grayling bugs, but there’s a few that I’ve been waiting to try for quite some time. Over the weekend I had the chance to try some of the new ‘nymph-it‘ thread material (which will be available very soon) on some new grayling bugs. The speed of which you can tie great looking nymphs is unheard of, and the juicy looks gives them more appeal for both grayling and human. Im 100% sure with the right weights, these simple flies will work a treat on the Dee, and any other rivers for grayling.

A the moment, I’ve only tied with the olive although I seriously can’t wait to get my hands on the other 12 or so colours.

grayling flies for the river dee

Fly 1 – Red Tag Olive

Hook: Fulling Mill Jig Size 12
Bead: 4mm Tungsten Bead
Thread: Olive Nymph-It
Body: Olive Nymph-It
Hackle: Caddis Green CDC
Thorax: Caddis Green & Olive Hares Ear

Fly 2 – Olive Jig Nymph

Hook: Fulling Mill Jig Size 12
Bead: 4mm Tungsten Bead
Thread: Olive Nymph-It
Body: Olive Nymph-It
Thorax: Caddis Green & Olive Hares Ear
Thorax Cover: Large Mirage Pearl

Fly 3 – Pink Shrimp (Alex Jardine)

Hook: Fulling Mill Czech Nymph Size 12
Underbody: 2 layers lead
Thread: Glo-Brite No4
Body: Flo Pink Ice Dub Mixed with Lavender Ice Dub
Shellback: Broad Pearl (Tyers Mate)
Black Pen Coloured

Squirmy Worms

Deer Creek Squirmy Worm Material

When you struggle to find a materials it’s always good to turn to a mate who can point you in the right direction, recently I’d run out of the Squirm Worm rubber and desperately needed some for an up-coming trip where I was pretty sure the trout and grayling hadn’t seen the imitation worm… yet!

Lucky for me, my mate Chris Rawle Custom Flies sorted me out with a selection of Squirmy Worm Material from Deer Creek to tie me over for the next couple of weeks.

Oh, and the Charlkstream Grayling certainly liked the Brown Squirmy Worm and Maggot tied with this versatile material!

River Test Grayling Fishing Kieron

Stalking Grayling on the River Test

River Test Grayling Fishing

Every winter I always try and get down to the river Test for a few days grayling fishing, the clarity of the water on both the Test and it’s carriers are something that has to be seen to be believed – Crystal clear waters, even with the most horrendous conditions – which hinders much of our fishing through the winter to say the least! If you can get on the Test, anywhere throughout it’s 40 mile length, you’ll be in for some amazing fishing.

My mates Will and Sean joined me for a session below Andover on the Timsbury Fishing stretch of the River Test, a section I’ve only fished once previously. The beat is around two miles long, including a great section of carrier.

Unfortunately the heavy rain we experienced Saturday evening and into Sunday morning coloured the main test up somewhat, granted it was still ‘clear’ but there was a lot of leaves and floating debris which made spotting them a little difficult. The carrier was absolutely gin clear which made for very interesting fishing.

Top Grayling Fly

The french leader was the best method on the day, with mainly trout coming to the dries. Hot spot hares ears and Hot Head maggot imitations dropped strategically in front of the larger grayling with fine 6X tippet taking most. With the water being so clear, Airflo Sightfree G3 was my choice as it’s suppleness and clarity in the water is second to nonem the thin diameter also cuts the water tension quickly, sinking to my desired depth quickly. The extra strength of fluorocarbon also helped when snagging the occasional branch!

The grayling ranged from fingerlings to fish near enough 2lbs in weight, with larger fish being spotted, but spooked before getting the right cast. The majority of the fish were around 11 inches long, with the odd rainbow and brown trout mixed in.

Here are a few favourite fish from the day. The two bows, although out of season, gave hell of an account for themselves, taking both Will and Sean two or three runs downstream!

River Test Grayling Fishing Kieron

Fishing The River Test Will Thomas

Fishing The River Test Sean Jones

Fishing The River Test Will Thomas

A few hours Grayling Fishing

Grayling Fishing Ronsfishing

Well it’s that time of year again where many anglers go crazy over the ladies, of the stream that is! A great time of year for river angling with many beautiful fish caught on even the coldest of days.

This past weekend I’ve been lucky enough to get out for my first grayling of the season. An extremely windy day with a river which seemed to be filled to bursting point of fallen leaves, but still able to produced some cracking fish.

I’ve been lucky enough to have the chance of try some new fly fishing tackle from Fishtec, of which, I can’t comment on at the moment unfortunately – But all I can say is it’s perfect for river fishing, especially on a smaller river…

The fish however seemed to be very obliging with many grayling falling to the usually hares ear jigs. As I gradually made my way to some turbulent water in a series of weirs I convinced myself to try something bright, such as the pink beaded grayling bugs below. The idea behind the brighter colour was to, in theory, aid the sight for the fish between the tumbling leaves in the white water at the head of each run. A duo of flies tied with 3.5mm tungsten beads hit the correct depth quickly and took the majority of the fish out of each weir where the more sombre flies seemed to loose their effectiveness.

Grayling Fishing Ronsfishing

The above fly also caught my mate Alex the best fish of the session, this beautiful lady below…

Grayling Fishing Ronsfishing