I have only recently started to fish with the Grey Duster pattern having favoured its State Side cousin the ‘Adams Dry Fly’. The Grey Duster is primarily a small river Dry Fly but I believe it is also used quite regulary on  still waters though out the UK. Authorities on the subject would insist that the fly imitates a broad spectrum of flies including midges, caenis, assorted olives and four to five stonefly species to name but a few. I couldnt say how effective the Greg Duster against those species listed but what I can state is the Greg Duster is a great utility fly and should be in every fly box.

Fly Tying Materials needed to dress the pattern:

greg-dusterHook: 12-16 Dry Fly Hook (I like the Partridge SLD)
Thread: Brown
Tail (Optional): Badger Cock Fibres
Body: Blue Grey Rabbit Fur
Hackle: Badger Cock


FlyTyingMaterialsAnyone that enjoys fishing on a regular basis may want to learn more about the materials that are definitely needed to enjoy fly tying. A fly is a replication of an insect, in most cases flies, that is used to lure fish to bite a line. Although many avid fishers like to use real bait for fishing, gathering worms and leaches can be quite a messy chore. Thus, the use of artificial bait, such as a fly is preferred by some people over the real bait. While some people prefer to purchase their flies, others like to make their own  by using an assortment of fly tying materials. The making of a fly with an assortment of items is not as difficult as believed. The following provides information on how to construct a fly using fly tying materials of one’s choice.

In order to create a fly that is effective at baiting fish there are a few basic fly tying materials that are considered a necessity. These materials include a vise which holds the hook that the fly is tied to, hackle pliers, hackle gauges and bobbins. Since many of these basic materials are very small, the use of a magnifying glass may be necessary. These basic materials form the base that the fish will hook onto. The material part of the fly can be made out of anything of one’s choosing. Some popular fly tying materials include yarns, furs, feathers, thread and assortment of feathers from different animals. Companies that create flies may use synthetic materials as well.

Some of the fly tying materials may include chicken parts such as the neck and saddle of the chicken. This may be included if desired to increase baiting performance. An alternative to using chicken parts as fly tying materials is the use of synthetic materials which mimic real parts; These synthetic materials can include rubber legs and wings which are molded into the fly. One of the main fly tying materials is the weight. In the past lead thread was added to weight to the fly. Lead thread has been replaced with such items as marble, glass, brass cones and beads. Thread made from epoxy and silicone is also used. The hook of the fly holds everything together, and ultimately the size and shape of the fly is determined by the type of hook that is used.

All of the fly tying materials can be purchased at a local arts and crafts or hardware stores for very little cost. Individuals that enjoy fishing and want to put more personal effort into making bait for fishing will enjoy this hobby. There are many individuals that have taken their love for fishing and turned into an additional hobby of gathering an assortment of fly tying materials to make unique flies. Making a fly is a very simple way for avid fishers to create bait that is unique, easy to clean, affordable and not difficult at all to make.