Thorax duns, Funnel duns and emergers

Despite the popularity of the fancier dry fly patterns, the very simple hackle flies remain as effective as they always were, especially in the smaller sizes. Good for grayling as well as trout.

These can potentially be any combination of colours. I do the following as standard but if you want something else please tell me.

Hooks are Fulling Mill 31310 or BARBLESS TMC103BL unless otherwise stated.

PLEASE NOTE THE HOOK COMPARISON ON THE HOME PAGE.



Paraloops

Paraloops

This method of dressing the hackle creates a distinct thoraxwith the hackle spread above the hook shank so that it sits down in the water. The body is feather herl.

Grizzle, brown, olive, black.

Hooks: Fulling Mill 31310

List code HP      14 16     0.85
or BARBLESS 15 17          0.95

Thorax dun Adams Thorax dun grizzle Thorax dun olive Thorax dun PT Thorax dun Greenwell

Thorax duns

The simplest of dry flies - tail, body and hackle wound over the thorax.

Adams, black, Greenwell, grizzle, olive, pheasant tail

Hooks: Fulling Mill 31310

List code HX      12 14 16 18     0.75
or BARBLESS 15 17 19         0.85



Funnel dun black Funnel dun grizzle Funnel dun brown Funnel dun olive

Funnel duns

The simplest of upside-down dry flies. I tie these with a stripped-quill body which aids buoyancy. They create a very natural-looking 'footprint' on the surface of the water.

Black, brown*, olive, grizzle.

The brown might be a red game or a Greenwell hackle depending on current stock.

Hooks: Fulling Mill 31310

List code HQ      14 16 18 20     0.85
or BARBLESS 15 17 19 21         0.95



Below is a funnel dun in action. The hackle and tail are carefully angled to ensure that it floats with the hook point upward.



Emerger grizzle Emerger olive Emerger PT

Emergers

these are dry flies which sit with there bodies below the surface - like a Klinkhamer but simpler. They all have a rib which simulates gas pockets carried by the insect and a tail shuck. If you don't want the shuck it is easy to clip off.

Grizzle, olive, pheasant tail offered as standard but again, let me know if you would prefer some other combination.

Hooks: Kamasan B401

List code HE      12 14 16 18     0.75
or BARBLESS 15 17 19         0.85