It's my goal to catch my Alaska 25 on my own fly patterns so, I want to tie flies I have not seen before. It's probable that variations of all of the flies I am going to tie have been done before, but I'm making an effort to stay away from the "go-to" flies, I'm staying away from fly pattern recipes and pictures of flies.
My procedure for each game fish will be to decide on two or three prey species to imitate, research that prey animal, and tie flies from pictures of the prey animal. In my research I will discover what stages of the life cycle my food species will be in when I plan to fish, as well as their ranges, color phases, size and other things.
There are lots of effective grayling flies, almost any dry fly will work, as well as nymph and egg patterns.
I have decided on three that I think will be a lot of fun.
A moth, a bumble bee and a stink bug.
There's a little white moth that I have often seen fluttering over streams in the fall, I have seen grayling feed on them and I have dangled small spinners inches above the surface of the water like a moth, enticing grayling to jump at it. I'm sure a Light Cahill would do nicely to imitate this moth, but I am on another mission.
In my research, I learned that the moth is likely a spruce bud worm moth. In many parts of their range they are bigger and darker, but up here in northern Alaska they are quite small and very pale. I thought I had an original idea, to tie a fly that emulates the moth, but as it turns out, it has been done before, lots of times.
I still liked the idea an copied some pictures of it off of the internet.
The materials I will use are:
No. 10 and 12 dry fly hooks, I will do smaller ones after I have tied a few of these.
The thread is light tan 70 denier.
The tail tuft and the dubbing will be mountain goat fur.
The rib, legs, and antennae will be white moose or caribou hair.
The underwing will be ring neck pheasant shoulder feathers.
The wing will be white chicken feathers.