Category Archives: Dry Flies


A dry fly is an artificial fly that floats on the surface of the water when cast out. It can be either a realistic fly imitation or an attractor or stimulator pattern, which broadly represents the type of insects trout like to eat whilst not representing any insect in particular.

Cicada Trout Dry Fly Fishing with Ian Cole

Cicada

Home » New Zealand Fishing Flies » Dry Flies This cicada was caught in Hagley Park, central Christchurch, during mid-February. According to Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand – there are 42 cicada species and subspecies in five genera, that are all unique to New Zealand. Cicada is a large flying insect If ever there is a sight to More...

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Hackle Tips Adams and Irresistables.
By Allan Burgess On Friday, August 21st, 2015
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Learn Your Wings – Fly Tying with John Hey – Looking at Methods

Tying Wings on your Dry Fly Patterns Quill Wings – Traditional With John Hey When I first started tying my own flies, wings on dry flies were too difficult, so any dry fly that had wings I bought. More...

Love's Lure. 1. Tie in the tail first and then the wings. Hook size 10 - 14 turned down eye. 2. Tie in the body of peacock herl. 3. Tie in black cock hackle. 4. Finish by tying-off and apply a drop of head cement.
By Allan Burgess On Sunday, May 24th, 2015
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Loves Lure Trout Fly with John Hey

Home » New Zealand Fishing Flies » Dry Flies Love’s Lure. 1. Tie in the tail first and then the wings. Hook size 10 – 14 turned down eye. 2. Tie in the body of peacock herl. 3. Tie in black cock hackle. More...

Wind the tinsel over the fur. Then spin the hackles. Tie off and apply a few drops of head cement to finish.
By Allan Burgess On Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
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March Brown Dry Fly with John Hey

Tie in the wings first, then the tail. Tie in tinsel, then dub the body of hair fur. March Brown While most of the dry flies are tied with deer hair to make them float, the March Brown is tied with a hackle of brown More...

Elk hair Caddis with Ian Cole
By Allan Burgess On Monday, May 18th, 2015
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Elk Hair Caddis with Ian Cole

The Elk Hair Caddis Caddis flies, or sedge flies as they are more commonly called in the U. K., form an extremely important food source; to trout. Of the Trichoptera order of insects, they are similar to mayflies More...

Float foam beetles
By Allan Burgess On Monday, April 27th, 2015
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Brown Beetle Trout Dry Fly – imitations by Louie “The Fish” Denolfo

Fishing the Brown Beetle with John Hey – Foam Beetles by Louie “The Fish” Denolfo Trout feed on many insects but none create a feeding frenzy like the brown beetle on a warm nor’west night. More...

Humpy Blowfly featured
By Allan Burgess On Monday, December 29th, 2014
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Humpy is a buoyant fly that sits high on the water

Humpy Dry Fly The Humpy is a buoyant fly that sits high on the water making it a good choice in fast broken water it is less likely to drown and is easy for the angler to see! It can also be used to imitate numerous More...

Elk hair caddis featured
By Allan Burgess On Monday, December 29th, 2014
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Elk Hair Caddis Trout Dry Fly

Elk Hair Caddis Caddis or sedge flies come in many different shapes and colours. I suggest you make up several versions in slightly differing colours from dark tan to a light creamy colour together with some variation More...

By Allan Burgess On Monday, December 29th, 2014
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Coch-Y-Bondhu Dry Fly of Welsh Origin – Very effective and easy to tie

Coch-Y-Bondhu This one appears in Mike Weddell’s 10 of the Best New Zealand Trout Flies. It certainly is one of the most often used dry flies fished in New Zealand and a must for your fly box. I particularly More...

The Cicada is quite a large and bulky insect.
By Allan Burgess On Monday, December 29th, 2014
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Cicada Dry Fly with Allan Burgess

The Cicada is quite a large and bulky insect. Cicada Dry Fly The cicada pattern is a popular surface fly to use when this insect is chirping in high summer. I have been at Lake Selfe, in the Canterbury high country, More...