During the second half of February I guided clients Grayling fly fishing on the River Test on six days.  Mostly the fishing was good with my clients catching from 5 to 21 fish, averaging about 10.  What surprised me was the killer fly – a Fulling Mill pattern called the Atomic Worm.Its basically a bloodworm imitation more normally used in stillwaters for Rainbow Trout but it also works very well for Grayling.  I’ve often used it with my Grayling guiding clients but its never been my favourite fly.  It usually catches a fish or two – and sometimes big ones.  But this last two weeks it has become my ‘go to’ fly.  It has consistently outfished my more normal size 16 PTN / GRHE copper head or gold head nymphs. 

My clients this last two weeks have been successful using the Atomic Worm fished ‘Klink & Dink’ style under a Klinkhamer dry fly.  Give it a go.