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Thursday, 17 October 2019

Tying a Bootlace Dun Dry Fly with Davie McPhail

If you have ever wondered why it's called the 'Bootlace Dun' then Davie McPhail has answered your question. Post wing style patterns are commonly tied using polypropylene (sic) yarn or CDC these days but some were traditionally tied using brushed fibres from bootlaces to form the wing of the Dun. If you've got a bootlace going spare, Davie will show you how to turn it into a superb all-rounder, although they are simple in making and appearance, they are surprisingly effective, especially with Grayling in the Winter. As Davie McPhail explains, Trout will take these little flies and Grayling love them as well. With winter fast approaching, it's a great time to start tying a few colour variants of this little fly.

All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre as listed below, but as always, if you need any help finding materials or substitutes then we'll be happy to help. Time to tie a Bootlace Dun Dry Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.




Materials Used:
Hook: Tiemco 2487BL size 20 to 24 Thread: Uni -8/0 Lt.Cahill Tail: Yellow Micro Fibbetts Body: Yellow Dubbing Wing: Dark.Grey Boot or Shoelace
Alternative Wing: Polypropylene Floating Yarn

Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of Varnish, which he applied to the thread after completing the fly.

Davie's preferred type of whip finish tool can be found HERE!

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