The rivers and the weather in general have severely curtailed the Grayling fishing so far this season so when there appeared a brief window of opportunity today, I jumped through it!

The crazy Christmas traffic and the howling winds were no deterrent. The river itself wouldn’t have looked out of place flowing into Willie Wonka’s chocolate factory as it was deep, brown and frothy! Nevertheless and in keeping with the season, I did manage to pull a few crackers from the raging, icy depths.

I’ve been on a mission to thin down the river fly boxes recently and to carry only productive flies as opposed to those that we all carry for show. Today, I properly auditioned the Utah Killer Bug. It’s a pattern I’ve had for a while but never got around to using. Partnered with a heavier, ‘sacrificial’ bug, this fly took every fish bar one! It’s a variant of Frank Sawyers legendary Killer Bug and it’s easy to tie. It’s strength lies in its appearance when wet as it looks like a succulent and juicy shrimp. Congratulations UKB, you made the cut!

One of a few

One of a few

Raging river

Raging river

A dry UKB

A dry UKB

A wet UKB

A wet UKB