What are these new grayling jigs?
Every year Fulling Mill introduces a load of new fly patterns developed by its team of expert fly fishers and this year's collection, includes some lovely new grayling jigs for Euro nymphing fanatics.
While they are a little more expensive than some other flies, these are tied on premium Fulling Mill Jig Force jig hooks and are really well-tied. Each one is made from quality materials and tied carefully and consistently. The quality really is a cut above what you see from some other suppliers, so you do get what you pay for.
1. Chewing Gum Cased Caddis
Although the Chewing Gum Cased Caddis is a new pattern in Fulling Mill's collection, it's actually a fly pattern I've been using it for a year or two. Just after FNF Fly Fishing brought out their excellent Chewing Gum material, I noticed that Fulling Mill's Kieron Jenkins had used it to create a great looking fly using the material for its body, so I shamelessly stole the idea and made some of my own.
Kieron's version, obviously, is much better than my ersatz one. His uses a bigger copper bead, adds some tufts of partridge feathers and burns the tip of the green chewing gum to add a more lifelike quality. The little tuft of green FNF Chewing Gum peeping out from the brown worm body really looks like a real cased caddis, and it seems a convincing match to the grayling too. I've found it an excellent pattern for the point and its weight helps get your flies down to the fish very quickly. I've taken some nice fish with this fly.
The Chewing Gum Cased Caddis is available in sizes 12, 10 and 8 and comes with either a green or pink tuft. It's tied on a high-quality barbless jig hook.
2. Purple Nasty
Again, this pattern has been around for a few years and has become a really popular pattern for grayling. It's tied with a large (ish) silver bead to help it get down deep quickly and has a body of black dubbing, a Coq de Leon tail and a fine silver wire rib. The purple bit is usually made from Hends' UV purple dubbing, or something very similar. The purple colour, like pink, is a magnet to grayling so the fly can work really well.
The Purple Nasty is tied on a high-quality barbless jig hook and is available in sizes 18, 16, and 14.
3. Roza's French Fly
Roza's French Fly is a stunning French style nymph pattern aimed at grayling. It's a pattern from the Czech grayling angler Lubos Roza and has also been around for a few years, so is a tried-and-tested fish catcher.
It's tied on the usual jig hook, features a heavy silver bead (2.8-3.2mm in diameter, depending on the hook size), a Coq de Leon tail and a glossy body of red and black, finished off with a collar of glitzy black peacock herl coloured dubbing. It's a stunning little thing and sinks quickly thanks to the heavy bead and slim profile, so it works well in fast water.
These are sold in size 16 and 18 and are available with a choice of 2.8mm or 3.2mm beads so you can pick the size you need to match the speed of river you're fishing.
4. Hollow Point Red Jig
The Hollow Point Red Jig is a Perdigon fly pattern. These have a heavy bead, a Coq de Leon tail and a body which is coated in UV resin to make it hard, shiny and sink like a stone. These ones have a lovely quill body and a red colour, which helps act as a so-called trigger point and entice the grayling to take.
This one is sold in sizes 14, 16 and 18.
How much do they cost?
Most of these fly patterns cost around £1.70 each. While a fraction more expensive than some patterns sold online, these ones are made from high-quality materials and are based on tried and tested patterns. They're not bad value for money at all when you take this into consideration.
Available from: Fulling Mill