This deadly pattern is one of the most productive flies in my father's fly box. He fishes it nearly exclusively and keeps them tied in all sorts of sizes and colors. Tie it on a dry fly hook and fish it as a dry and snatch it underwater at the end of the drift or tie it as I have here with a bead and fish it as an absolutely deadly nymph pattern. Be sure to vary the dubbing colors up to match the active bugs in your waters!
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In episode 55 of Grayling Flies, we're tying fly #48 from Steve Skuce's book Grayling Flies--it's the Normal Pink Shrimp. In the US, we call "shrimp" scuds. Pink is an incredibly effective color across many patterns--scuds included! You should tie some of these up for your next trip--especially if you're fishing areas that have lots of aquatic grasses where scuds thrive.
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Well, we have reached the halfway mark! In episode 35, we are tying the PPP--The Purple & Pink Peril, fly number 56 from Steve Skuce's book Grayling Flies!
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Pink beads rock! This is a tremendously great fly. Simple to tie--CDC rocks. Tie this in many sizes and don't be afraid to manipulate the body color! Make sure you get your copy of Grayling Flies: http://www.anglebooks.com/grayling-flies-by-steve-skuce.html
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This scud (or freshwater shrimp) pattern is fly number 46 from Steve Skuce's book Grayling Flies. A very simple tie, this bug is sure to wreck fish anywhere there's an abundance of these high-protein meals for our fishy friends!
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This instructional video demonstrates tying a fusion fly between two really successful patterns--the Sexy Walt's Worm and the Holy Grail. Like all great patterns, this fly can be manipulated by just changing the thread color, dubbing color, and ribbing material color!
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Pink! It's an intensely successful color for both trout and grayling. You should tie these flies up in bulk numbers. Don't be afraid to sub in purple for pink on some of them for the body!
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In episode 36, we are tying fly #55 from Steve Skuce's book Grayling Flies--the GGG--The Green Grayling Grabber. It'll catch trout, too!
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In episode 27 of tying through Steve Skuce's great book Grayling Flies, we are tying fly #53--Predro's White Bead Nymph. While grayling like all sorts of bright and shiny things, USA trout do to on high, fast, stained water! Give this one a tie--and don't be afraid to mix the body color...Purple should wreck fish!
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This video chronicles the tying of fly number 41 from Steve Skuce's book Grayling Flies. It's an excellent fly to mimic drowned ants, especially during typically high summer and early fall flows. Make sure you get your copy of Grayling Flies: http://www.anglebooks.com/grayling-flies-by-steve-skuce.html
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Perdigon flies are AWESOME. They are really effective in general for fly tying--and intensely customizable. I keep an entire box of just Perdigon patterns--so should you! Make sure you get your copy of Grayling Flies: http://www.anglebooks.com/grayling-flies-by-steve-skuce.html
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This subtle scud (fresh water shrimp) pattern is sure to catch fish any where scuds are abundant. It's fly number 45 in Steve Skuce's book Grayling Flies. Look for thick pads of grass beds and other densely vegetated areas. These are locations where scuds congregate. Don't be afraid to investigate your local waters and examine the scuds there to get a fix on their colors and tie this fly to match those colors.
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In Episode 22 of tying through Steve Skuce's book Grayling Flies, we start at the beginning and tie the first fly described. In many ways, this fly was a homecoming for me--simple materials, very thin body, overly long hackles, no wings--ah, a Southern Appalachian dry fly cousin from across the pond!
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Very similar to fly #48 from the book, fly #49, the Flat Belly Pink Shrimp has a bead right in the middle to help with sink rate. Be sure to have plenty of this fly as well as the Normal Pink Shrimp any time you are headed to rivers or creeks that have an abundance of aquatic grasses where scuds thrive--on this side of the pond we call fresh water shrimps "scuds." On the other side, they call them shrimp!
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