Fly Friday #84 The Grey Duster

This weeks Fly Friday is from PRO-Team member Stevie Munn, it's The Grey Duster..

The Grey Duster is perhaps one of the greatest dry flies ever to have been invented and I know many anglers that would not be without it. As a midge imitation it is fantastic on Stillwater's and in my friends Charles Jardine’s book ‘Sotherby’s Guide to Trout Fishing’ Charles states it is a fly that is excellent when Caenis are on the water dressed on sizes 18-20s. It also works well in a olive or mayfly hatch on rivers , in fact  it seems to work well In just about any kind of fly hatch on rivers, its a great general utility dry fly. I am unsure just how old the duster is but I have came across it in many old fly dressing books so it has been around for a long time. In E.J Malone’s (or Ted to his friends) classic book ‘Irish Trout and Salmon Flies’ he also gives a alternative body of black greyhound undercoat and In a book by John Roberts entitled ‘A Guide to River Trout Flies’ Roberts states it as one of the top eight most proven and reliable dry flies for river trout in Britain, again we read in ‘A Dictionary of Trout Flies’ by A. Courtney Williams first published in 1949 of the merits of this wonderful fly, Williams goes into detail telling us how well the fly has fished. The grey duster is without doubt a classic fly that has been around for a long time and will be around for a long time to come, it has a fan club list of great trout anglers from past and present, so become a fan and dress a few grey dusters.

The Grey Duster Materials

Hook; 20-10, Dry

Tail; (Optional) a few Badger cock fibers.

Body: Blue-grey rabbit’s fur.

Head Hackle: Badger cock


Fact File

Stevie Munn works full time as a fishing guide, writer and qualified game angling instructor in fly casting and fly tying, he has also appeared in many angling books, magazines and DVDs and gives casting and fly dressing demonstrations at angling events all over the world. He has fished many places in the world and grew up fishing on rivers and loughs of Ireland where he often guides. He runs teaching courses in Ireland and host groups to fish in BC Canada, Norway, Argentina and other parts of the world. You can contact him via email and for more information visit