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

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