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


Stevie Munn

Pro Fly Dresser Stevie Munn is from Co. Antrim in N.Ireland, he has fly fished all his life and grew up fishing rivers and loughs in Ireland. He is a qualified Advanced Professional Game Angling Instructor in Fly Tying and Fly Casting with APGAI-Ireland, and a APGAI fly casting instructor. He teaches fly casting and fly tying to all levels from beginner to advanced and has given lessons at many schools and clubs.

Stevie has been a Professional guide for many years for trout, salmon and a lough run wild brown trout called the Dollaghan which runs his local rivers to spawn, that said he will fish for any fish that will take a fly and also loves fly fishing in the sea. He has won many fly fishing competitions though mostly now fishes for pleasure and he has also won fly casting competitions including 2 Accuracy Casting Championships in England and at the CLA game fair 2011 Stevie helped set a new World record in fly casting which was done for the charity Help of Heroes, 141 miles of fly casting with Stevie setting the high score of 627 casts at distance in 30 mins.

Stevie hosts fishing trips worldwide and can help you if you want to fish many places in the world including Canada, Iceland, Norway and Argentina as well as his native Ireland, North and South.

Stevie flies patterns have appeared in many angling books including Malcolm Greenhalgh’s new book ‘A guide to fishing flies from around the World, Stevie also writes articles in many angling magazines including Irish Angler, Total Flyfisher, Trout & Salmon, Flyfishing & Fly Tying and Chasing Silver of which he is the Field Editor in Ireland.

Stevie has given fly tying and casting demos, at many game and fly fairs over the years, including the CLA game fair in England, Angling Ireland, Irish Game Fairs, Dutch Fly Fair, Rio Grande Fly Fishers in TDF, British fly fair International and The Irish Fly Fair .

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