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 insect patterns for trout fly fishing with John Hey

Cicada Insect Patterns Olive deer hair cicada. The number one contender in the chirpy insect stakes must be the cicada. The sound of cicadas can be heard everywhere throughout the countryside on warm summer days. Cicada insect patterns make big juicy targets for feeding trout. I don’t think any insect imitation has accounted for more double figure More...

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Live brown beetle.
By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
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Beetle Patterns for Trout – brown beetles hatch followed by green beetles

The finished green beetle with a wing case of green raffia. Beetle Patterns At this time of the year beetles represent a plentiful food supply for trout. They begin to hatch around October and continue to do so More...

Randall Kauffman Stimulator fly tied by John Hey
By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
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Attractor Flies Versus an Exact Imitation – Randall Kauffman’s Stimulator Fly

Attractor Flies Versus an Exact Imitation Randall Kauffman Stimulator fly tied by John Hey. Dry fly fishing is the easiest form of fly fishing. You don’t need fancy strike indicators or split shot needed in More...

Deer Hair Mouse Fly.
By Allan Burgess On Sunday, November 30th, 2014
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Mouse Flies for Trout Fishing

Deer Hair Mouse Fly. Mouse Fly Surely any trout prepared to eat rats or mice swimming on the surface would have to be a good size fish. Just last year during the Canterbury high country opening weekend a rat shot More...

Royal Wulff
By Allan Burgess On Sunday, November 30th, 2014
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Royal Wulff Dry Fly – tying this popular dry fly with John Hey

Royal Wulff The Royal Wulff is one of those flies that has no direct resemblance to a natural insect and yet is the most popular dry fly I sell. Whether used by it self or as a dropper for a nymph, the white calf More...

Wasp
By Allan Burgess On Sunday, November 30th, 2014
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Terrestrial Insects – Wasps, Bees, Beetles and more with John Hey

Yellow Grass Hopper Terrestrial Insects By the time mid summer comes around in New Zealand the trout have seen hundreds of dry flies and nymphs. Why not try your luck with terrestrials instead. The most common More...

Adams Dry Fly
By Allan Burgess On Monday, November 10th, 2014
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Adams Dry Fly – Adams Parachute Fly

Adams Dry Fly pattern. Adams Dry Fly This pattern is credited to the American Len Halliday of Michigan and dates from 1922. It is fished in New Zealand as a mayfly. This is a pattern that every angler should have More...