Published Nov 2. 2008 - 10 years ago
Updated or edited Jun 11. 2016

The Dirty White

We continue our series of tube flies tied in the Scandinavian style. This fly is another subdued yellow, white and gray fly, well suited for bright light and clear water. It uses a mallard hackle to create a nice, closed shape.

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
Martin Joergensen
Martin Joergensen
Martin Joergensen
Martin Joergensen


Martin, This site...


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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