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Blue Dun - Dry Fly

The Blue Dun is a classic dry fly pattern that was originated to imitate the early mayfly hatches. This dry fly works for a number of hatches including the Blue Winged Olives, Hendricksons, Blue Quills and Quill Gordons.Like many old-style imitation of ephemerals, its wings are made of fiber segment View more...
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Blue Dun
List of materials
MATERIALSHook: TMC 100 or equivalent # 12 to 20.Thread: 8/0 gray.Wings: Equal segments of two mallard duck feathers.Tail: Blue dun saddle fibers.Abdomen: Adams Gray or muskrat dubbing.Hackle: Blue dun.

Step 1

Tie the two segments of duck feather wing with their tips pointing forward, cut the surplus and raise them with a few turns of thread on the base trying to prop them open.

Fly tying - Blue Dun - Step 1

Step 2

Tie the saddle feather fibers of at least twice the length of the hook shank in order to make the tail.

Fly tying - Blue Dun - Step 2

Step 3

Make the cone shaped abdomen with dubbing, leaving a free space equal to that between the wings and the eye of the hook.

Fly tying - Blue Dun - Step 3

Step 4

Tie a rooster feather for dry fly along the abdomen with a fiber length equal to one and a half hook gapes.

Fly tying - Blue Dun - Step 4

Step 5

Make the hackle with a rooster feather. Whip finish.

Fly tying - Blue Dun - Step 5


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