May 2015 Fly Tying Tutorial: The Deadly 'Dirty Duster' by Allan Liddle

Allan Liddle's May Tutorial is The Deadly 'Dirty Duster'. To tie this fly using Allans step-by-step tutorial, click on the materials image at the bottom of this blog post!

Last month Allan took us through the Heather Beetle, click here to find out more.

Every once in a while a fly so simple and yet so effective comes along and you simply have to try it, which was exactly what I thought when I first set eyes on another Bob Wyatt classic, the Dirty Duster.

Perfect follow on to my recent tutorial on Bob’s Deer Hair Emerger, the Dirty Duster helps you still offer that simple deadly vulnerable ‘prey’ position acquired by use of a semi-submerged curved hook but with a fraction of the bulk, meaning you can scale down to much smaller sizes and still retain the desired shape.

Bob initially intended this as an out and out dry pattern, however I’ve found it to be much more versatile and use it as a handy wee spider, or work it slow on Stillwater’s as a kind of very sparse and small ‘Snatcher’ style pattern. That said these are merely as the conditions dictate as I too prefer this as a target, dry pitched at sighted fish or sometimes run ‘blind’ through likely runs, glides or ‘hot spots.’

In its original hare’s ear garb it’s a pretty handy all rounder, however I also like it in olive ranging from size 12 through to size 16 depending on particular species of fly I’m trying to imitate / match.  In black or black and pearl it’s an extremely effective emerging buzzer and I’m sure I’ll follow up this tutorial in future with my favourite wee dressings on this, meantime I hope you enjoy this simple little deadly dry, a must have in any trout anglers armoury.


Hook: Partridge K4A grub or K4AY (Barbless) size 12 – 16

Thread: Black Uni 6/0 or 8/0 depending on hook size

Rib: Tying thread tag

Body: Rabbit / hare mix (colour of choice) tied sparse

Hackle: 2 to 3 (maximum) turn’s natural grizzle trimmed ‘level’ below.