Category Archives: Grayling patterns

Guest Speaker: Karl Humphries – Spiders for trout, sea-trout and grayling

8th January, 2015 – Karl Humphries

Karl visited Congleton Fly tying Club on January 8th, 2015 where he tied a variety of spider patterns and described how he fishes them.

Karl Humphries (600 x 400)

Karl described how the basic spider pattern forms the basis for a number of variants that are distinctive from the classical North Country spider. In particular, it is a versatile pattern that anyone can tie and it is very effective, so much so that Karl has fished variants of this pattern exclusively on the Welsh Dee for the last 2 years. Karl fishes a team of three spiders with a bright coloured spider as an attracter pattern on the point and a more drab coloured spider on the top dropper. Spacing is generally 4’, 4’ 5’ for the leader using 11lb bs fluorocarbon or copolymer. Gink can also be applied to fish the fly higher. Karl favours reds for grayling and blues for sea trout. These are also great daytime spiders for sea trout which have been fished successfully on the Welsh Dee. The soft hackle is from a variety of game birds (woodcock, plover, partridge, grouse, moorhen, coot and woodpigeon) which give greater movement than spikier cock hackles.

Lagartun flatbraid (600 x 400)

One of the flashier spider patterns tied by Karl uses purple Lagartun mini flat braid to form the body. This has probably been the most successful all round pattern that Karl has used, catching salmon, sea trout, brown trout as well as grayling. This fly is used as a ‘search’ pattern on the point.

More details of the patterns and how to tie them can be found here.

Karl is  an AAPGAI qualified fly fishing and fly casting instructor for both single and double handed rod as well as a AAPGAI master fly dresser.

Find more details about Karl here

Guest speaker: Malcolm Greenhalgh – Grayling flies (old and new)

6th November, 2014 – Malcolm Greenhalgh

Malcolm GreenhalghMalcolm Greenhalgh is both a naturalist and a fly fisherman. After reading biological sciences and researching estuary ecology for his PhD he lectured for sixteen years before becoming a freelance writer on his fortieth birthday (in 1986).

Although Malcolm has fished in many far-flung corners of the world, he still enjoys pottering about in his own rivers and lakes in north-west England (and his fortnight at mayfly-time on Ireland’s Lough Erne), and he is proud to be the Vice President of the best fly-fishing club in the region, Bowland Game Fishing Association. He has written over twenty books and has contributed to a wide range of magazines and writes a regular blog for FlyFishing and FlyTying.

During his visit to the Congleton Fly Tying Club Malcolm will be tying a selection of grayling flies – both old and new.

Read more from Malcolm’s blog here

Read more about the patterns tied by Malcolm when he visited CFTC here