Fly Tying: Simple Dry Fly (BWO)

Many dry fly patterns have a ‘wing’ comprised of upright feather or synthetic fibers. Poly yarns, mallard, hackle tips etc. In this instance, I tied what I have most often tied, a very simple pattern with no upright wing. Is this good? Yes it is. But, as a beginning fly tier, you should try to perfect certain skills (such as an upright wing?). So, as much as I offer up this perfect fly that catches fish!, try to at least try the upright wing, but note…..this fly if a simply wound hackle (with no upright wing) catches trout (river/stillwater). Medium Blue Dun hackle fibers for the tail; sparsely dubbed medium olive Super Fine dubbing; one medium blue dun (dry fly quality) wound tight and tied off. The bottom hackle fibers of the wound hackle can be cut on the bottom to create a fly that rides lower in the film or water surface. I rarely think to trim the bottom hackle fibers. I offer it as an option.

3 Responses to “Fly Tying: Simple Dry Fly (BWO)”

  1. 1 Roger Sannwald
    August 3, 2018 at 07:39

    The color of the tail appears to be Dun however, what color is the hackle collar? Nicely tied.


  2. April 9, 2011 at 14:41


    That’s one I like to tie a lot too. Nice and simple and really effective. I also tie it with a gray body. I usually like fishing it nearly flush on the surface so I cut the bottom hackles short starting about half the hook gap and shorter. Nothing wrong with simple flies, the simpler the better which means more time fishing and less time tying.


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