In this week’s “How to Tie” video feature, Davie McPhail ties a mayfly dry that every angler should carry with them this winter season, the Ultra Dry Yarn Dun.

Learn About This Fly:

Difficulty: Easy

With colder weather upon us, smaller mayfly and midge patterns will begin to be the key for success. Temperatures dropping is often a great indicator to start decreasing the size of both flies and tippet. Throwing dries when mayflies are popping off in the winter is a great way to mix things up and get away from just throwing nymphs. This Ultra Dry Yarn Dun is a simple yet effect mayfly imitation and should be in every trout angler’s dry box this season.

This fly joins the list of very simple patterns that any level tyer can master. The simplistic steps and materials allow for different variations to be made with ease and cover all your bases on the water. Tying in the tail may create frustrations for newer tyers, but patience is the best remedy for overcoming that. Following Davie’s proportions and material quantity for his Ultra Dry Yarn Dun is my best advice for producing the best results.

Stock up on this fly for when temperatures drop even more into the winter season and watch the magic happen. Tying a variety of sizes and colors is the perfect way to prepare yourself for any mayfly hatch on the water during cooler months. Don’t put away the rod for the season at the end of fall, as some of the most technical and fun fishing can be had right after. Be sure to continue your angling adventures into the winter and don’t forget to bring a batch of this Ultra Dry Yarn Dun to imitate any mayfly coming of the surface.


Now you know how to tie an Ultra Dry Yarn Dun!

Video and ingredients courtesy of Davie McPhail.


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