Hairwing Dun

Created by House of Harrop



HOOK: 1X fine wire, standard shank, turned-down eye; e.g., TMC 100 or equivalent. Sizes 12-20


TAIL: Blue dun fibers, split

BODY: Olive Superfine

HACKLE: Blue dun. Turn hackle five times around thorax. Optional but usually a good idea: trim hackle flush on bottom

WING: Elk hair.



Use to imitate mayfly duns when they are present on the surface. Like the Elk Hair Caddis, the Hairwing Dun is a simple, versatile dressing that works in a wide variety of fishing situations. While it may not fool super-fussy spring-creek trout, it will take fish in many other circumstances.



In sizes 18-20, the olive dressing listed here imitates blue-winged olives).

Other mayflies can be imitated by using hook sizes and body colors that match the natural insect.

Another useful variation is an Adams color (gray thread, grizzly tail, gray body, grizzly and brown mixed hackle, gray wing).


How to Fish

Dress with floatant and use standard dry fly presentations.



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