Sawyer's grayling lure.
Please be aware that I do not subscribe to the Chadwick's 477 mystique. That wool yarn is a mixture of approx. 90% undyed and 10% rusty brown. Every wool manufacterer has a similar one on their range. Chadwick's 477 did not remain constant even through the period that Sawyer used it.
I have long experience as a colour matcher in wool mixtures. I am using here a mixture which looks overall similar to the original but contains a small amount of red and a smaller amount of fluorescent orange.
Tied on curved shank nymph hooks
List code NG 12 14 £0.95
Highly recommended for grayling. Weighted
The pink dubbing used for this shrimp is a mixture of several carefully chosen component colours in wool, mohair, seal's fur and fluorescent synthetics. The reason is to give it the best chance of visibility under all conditions of water colour.
(See 'Colour vision in trout')
(It also applies to grayling)
On the right is a picture of one of these shrimps viewed in ultraviolet light. This illustrates that its pink colour will be visible in clear water at depths where the red light can not reach.
List code NS 12 14 £0.95
Weighted by a tungsten bead hot spot.
List code NO 12 14 £1.05
Pheasant tail nymph (standard)
One of many simple but effective PT patterns Copper wire rib and thorax weighting, Peacock herl thorax
List code NP 14 16 Kamasan B803 £0.80
See also 'Copperhead Pheasant Tail Nymph' on the Beadheads page
Pheasant tail nymph (Flashback)
Now tied on a curved shank nymph hook This gives an improved profile and hooking properties.
My version has partridge hackle legs, an ostrich thorax and a ‘flashback’, i.e. A strip of pearly tinsel laid along the back of the body
List code NT 14 16 18 Niche N502 £1.00
Collyer's Green Nymph
Weighted or not - please state which.
List code NY 12 14 Kamasan B175 or 14 long shank Kamasan B830 £0.80
Small and neat, intended for use in the current.
List code NC orange, green, amber, olive, brown, black 16 Kamasan B175 £0.70
Gold-ribbed Hare's Ear
Traditional with the small variation of a latex thorax cover, started as a special for a customer. Weighted.
List code NH 12 14 16 Kamasan B175 £0.80
A single biot forms the body. A pearly thorax cover gives a flash of colour.
Could be very useful as a dropper on a dry fly.
The size 16 is a heavier hook than the 18. This is more significant than the marginal difference in size.
List code NN 16 18 Kamasan B405 0.80
So that you can see the relative sizes of the above three, here they are:
18 Tiny, 16 Tiny, 16 Little Copper, 14 long shank PTN
The Keepers' Nymph
Not well known, a river pattern for trout and grayling.