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Finicky grayling

Posted: Mon May 18, 2020 6:42 pm
by mamatried
Another feather in the hat for the flymph.

The other day I saw the first baetis emergence this year on my home stream, at least the first that the fish responded well to.
Plenty of grayling rising and the vast majority of them refusing the winged adult. I’ve seen this on numerous occasions, not only refusal of the dun but also likely to the “surface trapped” emerger.
Grayling have a reputation for being pushovers, anyone who has fished my neck of the woods will disagree. I have also scratched my head many times wondering what the heck is wrong with me, or them, and what to do.

Far too many times when we, at least me, see rising fish it’s easy to think dry fly. It won’t come as a surprise to members of this forum that the answer may well be wet. As was the case the other day; upstream flymph allowed to sink a little bit before gently “twitched” home a little faster than the current. Fish took it on both the dead drift and the manipulation.
The rises were, as often before, the fish taking the emerging nymph near the surface rather than eating off the surface/surface film.

No big news, but maybe food for thought to someone who hasn’t tried it under those circumstances. Waiting for the first caddis, this method will be even more prevalent.

Re: Finicky grayling

Posted: Tue May 19, 2020 8:55 pm
by Johnno
Isn’t it fun? Why it’s called Fishin’ and not Catchin’ 8-)

Re: Finicky grayling

Posted: Thu May 21, 2020 6:40 pm
by bocast
That's a great description of how well-fished flymphs can be the ticket to success. It is good to say it, and say it often, so that those who succeed us learn to succeed on the water with wet flies.

Re: Finicky grayling

Posted: Thu May 21, 2020 7:35 pm
by DUBBN
bocast wrote:
Thu May 21, 2020 6:40 pm
That's a great description of how well-fished flymphs can be the ticket to success. It is good to say it, and say it often, so that those who succeed us learn to succeed on the water with wet flies.


Year round fly fishing with a three fly rig. Rarely is not one of them a soft hackle.

Re: Finicky grayling

Posted: Tue May 26, 2020 9:17 pm
by Fishnkilts
Grayling is on my list this year. They can be found high up on the Cache La Poudre River, and I am anxious and exited to catch one.

I have heard to fish with smaller flies, and if they miss the take be patient because they are known to try again. What sizes would you recommend for these fish?

Re: Finicky grayling

Posted: Tue May 26, 2020 9:47 pm
by DUBBN
The Grayling on this side of the divide are suckers for a standard hen hackle hares ear or my personal favorite the Muskrat. Size 16 and 14. Atleast, that is what I use.