Published Nov 2. 2008 - 8 years ago
Updated or edited Jun 11. 2016

The Dirty White

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

The Dirty White - The gray/white shade of the fly has earned it its name
The Dirty White
Martin Joergensen

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.

Three in a row - You can hook the fly with trebles, doubles or single hooks according to taste and rules
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Martin Joergensen
The Dirty White
Pattern type: 
Tube fly
Originator: 
Ken Bonde Larsen
Materials: 
Tube
Half inch clear tube with inner tube (FITS)
Thread
White
Tail
Pale yellow Antron
Rib
Oval silver tinsel
Tag
Flat silver tinsel
Body
Silver flash dubbing
Body hackle
Badger
Wing flash
Silver Angel Hair
First wing section
Yellow Arctic fox
Second wing section
Silver fox - gray tipped
Front hackle
Mallard, natural
Cone
Flat silver dish
Difficulty: 
Medium
Instruction: 
See the pictures below

Step 1 - the tube


Step 2 - the tail


Step 3 - folded tail


Step 4 - trim the tail


Step 5 - ribbing


Step 6 - flat tinsel


Step 7 - varnish


Step 8 - tag


Step 9 - body


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Step 10 - tease out body


Step 11 - hackle


Step 12 - wrap the hackle


Step 13 - start the rib


Step 14 - watch the hackle


Step 15 - trim hackle


Step 16 - wing flash


Step 17 - first wing section


Step 18 - first wing section


Step 19 - flash


Step 20 - fold back


Step 21 - trim the flash


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Step 22 - second wing section


Step 23 - tie down


Step 24 - trim the butts


Step 25 - jungle cock


Step 26 - JC tied in


Step 27 - symmetry


Step 28 - front hackle


Step 29 - wrap the hackle


Step 30 - hackle done


Step 31 - cone


Step 32 - meltdown


Step 33 - be rough!


Martin Joergensen

Comments

Martin,

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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