A blog about fly fishing and fly tying. Mostly for brown trout and pike but a few other species every now and again too. I intend to cover a lot of different “how to” type of things too. As well as fly tying instructions for some of my most successful fly patterns.
The Grey Duster is a real old school classic. In fact it is credited as the first ever emerger fly. For it to be a Grey Duster and indeed fished as an emerger it must not have a tail. It has a rabbit underfur dubbed body which along with having no tail allows the body to sink below the surface and is suspended by the good quality stiff grizzle cock hackle. It can be difficult to see this fly on the surface in certain light as all thats visible above the surface is the hackle. But takes are unmissable and trout really Hammer this fly whenever they are feeding on emergers . It is important to remember not to put any floatant on the body, just the hackle only as you want the body to sink and just the hackle to float.
The Grey Duster will imitate any emerging upwinged fly. Just use the appropriate size for the species of fly you are trying to imitate depending on the time of year.
Large Dark Olive- March, April and September size 14
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This fly was created by Canon Greenwell in 1860. It is still as popular today as it ever was. This fly has stood the test of time for a very good reason; it works and it works well! This is a fly no river trout angler should be without.
This is my own creation to imitate the Iron Blue Dun. I’ve experimented a lot with different colours, different materials etc and this is the combination that I found works the best for imitating the I.B.D.