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The Dirty White

Published Nov 14th 2008

The light gray and white shades has earned this fly its name

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The Dirty White

Hackling a tube fly with mallard is a great way of finishing it. The long mallard fibers will not only give it a great speckled veil, but also gather the rest of the fly in the water when the fibers sweep along the body and wing of the fly.

The Dirty White uses discrete and light colors combined with a natural light gray mallard front hackle to obtain a subdued but still nice appearance. The combination of yellow, white and light gray makes it a fine fly for bright conditions in clear water.

Danish fly tyer Ken Bonde Larsen has again utilized the winging technique where the wing is tied in in sections separated by flash. Since we want a fly, which is slender and torpedo-shaped there is no hackle between the sections to lift the wing, just a body hackle to add some volume to the rear of the fly.

This fly has a silver metal cone mounted, but you can omit that and tie a plain head or substitute it for a plastic cone or dish where weight is not allowed.

The Dirty White
TypeTube fly
Ken Bonde Larsen
Year of origin
Target species
Atlantic salmon (sea run)
Steelhead (sea run)

TubeHalf inch clear tube with inner tube (FITS)
TailPale yellow Antron
RibOval silver tinsel
TagFlat silver tinsel
BodySilver flash dubbing
Body hackleBadger
Wing flashPale yellow twinkle flash
First wing sectionYellow Arctic fox
Wing flashSilver Angel Hair
Second wing sectionSilver fox - gray tipped
Front hackleMallard, natural
ConeFlat silver dish

Tying instructions
See the pictures below

User comments
From: Lorenzo Swanson · lorenzo_swanson·at·  Link
Submitted September 29th 2009


This site is most interesting with the Dirty White fly pattern shown here. I would like to try this pattern on some of the rivers in Michigan where Trout, Salmon, and Steelhead are plentiful. I have only been fly fishing since March and I am hooked. By any chance do you sell these flies? Are they sold from any particular Web site?

Best Regards,

Lorenzo Swanson
South Holland, Illinois

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