Fulling Mill Dry Flies

 

Standard Dry Fly Patterns

 

Adams

Adams

A delicate upwing dry fly with a huge following across the world. An excellent generalist mayfly imitation which matches the profile and posture of many Ephemerella species.

Order Code Size
172112 12
172114 14
172116 16
172118 18

Group 3

Adams - Parachute

Adams - Parachute

A global best-seller. Features parachute hackle, wound horizontally around the upright wing, this pattern always lands upright and floats low and delicately in the water. The white wing provides excellent visibility.

Order Code Size
181312 12
181314 14
181316 16
181318 18

Group 3

Barry Lodge Emerger

Barry Lodge Emerger

An excellent representation of emerging mayfly duns. This pattern is a must have for the Tasmanian highlands and the alpine lakes of the Snowy Mountains.

Order Code Size
COA92412 12
COA92414 14

Group 16

Blowfly - Blue

Blowfly - Blue

An excellent all-round attractor pattern. This pattern is considered a must-have for anglers fishing the South Island of New Zealand and is just as effective on Australian waters.

Order Code Size
COA75012 12
COA75014 14

Group 16

Blue Winged Olive

Blue Winged Olive

The blue winged olive group of mayflies is beloved of trout, and trout-fishers, everywhere. Often appearing in large hatches, they can drive the fish into a feeding frenzy.

Order Code Size
173914 14
173916 16

Group 3

Braided Butt Damsel

Braided Butt Damsel

Adult damsel flies are a common sight in warmer months and are eagerly hunted by trout. This pattern is effective whenever naturals are seen hovering over the water; don't forget about the nymphs though.

Order Code Size
184012 12

Group 3

Bristol Hopper - Bibio

Bristol Hopper - Bibio

The classic Bibio given the Hopper treatment, this style has become a modern classic. Effective as a general representation of many different terrestrial and aquatic insects.

Order Code Size
74910 10
74912 12

Group 3

Bristol Hopper - CDC Bibio

Bristol Hopper - CDC Bibio

The CDC Bibio is a variation on the original Hopper as it uses the natural water repellent properties of CDC to keep it in the surface film. It represents a variety of struggling insects in the water.

Order Code Size
235310 10
235312 12

Group 3

Bristol Hopper - Red

Bristol Hopper - Red

The original standard Bristol Hopper. Inspired by small craneflies blowing onto the lake and 'hopping' from wave to wave, this style has become a modern classic.

Order Code Size
75510 10
75512 12

Group 3

CDC Ant - Black

CDC Ant - Black

No serious angler should be without a good selection of terrestrial patterns, especially ants. When ants are blown onto the water's surface, trout ofen become fixated on them to the exclusion of other prey.

Order Code Size
AK10614 14
AK10616 16

Group 3

CDC Ant - Tan

CDC Ant - Tan

No serious angler should be without a good selection of terrestrial patterns, especially ants. When ants are blown onto the water's surface, trout ofen become fixated on them to the exclusion of other prey.

Order Code Size
AK10514 14
AK10516 16

Group 3

CDC Elk Caddis

CDC Elk Caddis

With hundreds of species of Trichoptera present in Australia, caddis are a major source of food for hungry trout. These insects are often found hatching in the evenings and can provide frantic surface activity.

Order Code Size
107112 12
107114 14
107116 16

Group 3

Elk Wing Caddis - Tan

Elk Wing Caddis - Tan

With hundreds of species of Trichoptera present in Australia, caddis are a major source of food for hungry trout. This is a terrific waking pattern when skated on the surface during a caddis hatch.

Order Code Size
175512 12
175514 14
175516 16

Group 3

F Fly - Hare's Ear CDC

F Fly - Hare's Ear CDC

Originally called the Fratnik Midge, but now simply referred to as the F Fly. This versatile pattern may be used to imitate small sedges, olives, or midges.

Order Code Size
65314 14
65316 16

Group 3

Grasshopper

Grasshopper

In summer, when the grasshoppers are active, they may become easy prey for fish along the banks of lakes and streams. Cast this pattern close to the margins and brace for action.

Order Code Size
185910 10
185912 12

Group 3

Greenwell's Glory

Greenwell's Glory

A classic best seller. This delicate upwing dry fly is a great general mayfly representation, presenting the perfect profile to feeding fish.

Order Code Size
51212 12
51214 14
51216 16

Group 3

Greenwell's - Parachute

Greenwell's - Parachute

The classic Greenwell's Glory, but tied with a parachute hackle so that it sits low and delicately on the water. Some anglers use nothing else.

Order Code Size
72014 14
72016 16

Group 3

Griffith's Gnat

Griffith's Gnat

Best known for representing balling midges, this pattern imitates a wide range of terrestrial and aquatic insects and floats perfectly for delicate fishing.

Order Code Size
178014 14
178016 16

Group 3

Hare's Ear - Parachute

Hare's Ear - Parachute

An excellent medium dun pattern with the hackle wound horizontally around an upright 'wing' or post, this is an easy to see and very buoyant style of fly that sits low on the water.

Order Code Size
187414 14
187416 16

Group 3

Hi-Vis Foam Beetle - Black

Hi-Vis Foam Beetle - Black

No serious angler should be without a good selection of terrestrial patterns. Beetles are the most numerous of all the insect lineages on earth and form an important part of the diet of trout everywhere.

Order Code Size
105912 12
105914 14

Group 3

Humpy - Yellow

Humpy - Yellow

This high visibility dry fly is a variation on the standard Humpy, it is heavily dressed and designed for floatability and visibility in fast running and turbulent water.

Order Code Size
186210 10
186212 12
186214 14
186216 16

Group 3

Klinkhammer - Caddis Green

Klinkhammer - Caddis Green

Basically a parachute, but designed by Hans van Klinken so that the abdomen and tail dip into the water. Variations abound, but the concept is highly effective.

Order Code Size
54112 12
54114 14
54116 16

Group 3

Klinkhammer - Flexi Claret

Klinkhammer - Flexi Claret

Basically a parachute, but designed by Hans van Klinken so that the abdomen and tail dip into the water. Variations abound, but the concept is highly effective.

Order Code Size
184212 12
184214 14

Group 3

March Brown

March Brown

The natural March Brown is an important early season food source for trout which appears from September - October. This pattern is a great imitation of the Kosciusko Dun.

Order Code Size
172912 12
172914 14

Group 3

Mouserat

Mouserat

Originally designed for bass fishing, but increasingly sought after for a multitude of freshwater species including trout and cod.

Order Code Size
252606 6

Group 7

Muddler Minnow

Muddler Minnow

Traditionally fished on a floating line but also being used more and more on sinkers, deer hair flies create a fish inducing wake behind them and provide fantastic visual sport with any retrieve.

Order Code Size
101504 4
101506 6
101508 8
101510 10

Group 3

Muddler Minnow - Black

Muddler Minnow - Black

Traditionally fished on a floating line but also being used more and more on sinkers, deer hair flies create a fish inducing wake behind them and provide fantastic visual sport with any retrieve.

Order Code Size
101606 6
101608 8
101610 10

Group 3

Possum Emerger

Possum Emerger

Originally developed in Tasmania, this pattern is an excellent representation of emerging mayflies. The Possum Emerger has since proven effective around the world.

Order Code Size
COA92012 12
COA92014 14

Group 12

Red Tag

Red Tag

A best seller. All sorts of adult terrestrial or aquatic bugs are represented by these flies which float perfectly for delicate fishing.

Order Code Size
COA92510 10
COA92512 12
COA92514 14
COA92516 16

Group 16

Spinner - Black

Spinner - Black

Spinners can provide some of the most exciting surface action found anywhere. Often drawing trout to the surface to pursue low-flying individuals or falling spent to the water in numbers, fish love them.

Order Code Size
COA92210 10
COA92212 12
COA92214 14
COA92216 16

Group 06

Spinner - Orange

Spinner - Orange

Spinners can provide some of the most exciting surface action found anywhere. Often drawing trout to the surface to pursue low-flying individuals or falling spent to the water in numbers, fish love them.

Order Code Size
COA92112 12
COA92114 14
COA92116 16

Group 16

Stimulator - Yellow

Stimulator - Yellow

A highly bouyant, bushy, impressionistic pattern that can be taken for a large adult stonefly, grasshopper or large adult sedge. Particularly effective in faster streamy water when skated across the surface.

Order Code Size
69412 12
69414 14

Group 16

Wulff - Grey

Wulff - Grey

A best seller. The original Grey Wulff pattern with its upright wing was invented in the 1930's by American angler Lee Wulff. Still as effective today. Now used worldwide in a variety of circumstances.

Order Code Size
180812 12
180814 14
180816 16

Group 3

Wulff - Royal

Wulff - Royal

A style of fly bulked up with hair rather than feathers. Originated by Lee Wulff to ensure floatability on the big fast western USA rivers. Now used worldwide in a variety of circumstances.

Order Code Size
181110 10
181112 12
181114 14
181116 16
181118 18

Group 3

 

Cristopher Bassano Australian Range Dry Fly Patterns

 

Black Spinner

Bassano's Spinner - Black

The Black Spinner must surely be the most popular dry fly for polaroiding on Tasmanian lakes. If not, it should be. The fly is fine and as the name suggests, black – two things that help the fly to get eaten in tough, bright conditions. Along with the “Spun”, I am not sure that I need another fly when polaroiding in Tasmania. This Black Spinner is designed to sit correctly every time it lands and is deliberately tied ‘sparse’ to remove unnecessary material. This gives the fly a much finer, more lifelike profile and less reason for the fish to refuse it.  It also means that the fly does not float as well as many dry flies as it does not have the capacity to hold floatant very well. It is specifically designed to float long enough to remain on the surface for enough time for the fish to cruise over and eat it. It is not designed for rough weather or blind fishing.

Gaining drag free drifts on rivers will ensure that the fly remains dry and is eaten with gusto. Fish it along any high banks or when the winds are light and the natural spinners are coming out over the water.

This fly can be seen being eaten throughout the ‘Polaroiding’ segments of the “Tasmanian Fly Fishing Techniques” DVD’s. During the ‘Boat Polaroiding” segment, you will even see this fly eaten by a cruising fish after it has sunk. I do not suggest that this is a good way to fish the fly but certainly proves how effective it can be.

The fly must be fished by itself on a long leader and not in a team. Aim at the fish and cast with a delicate presentation.  As is the case with the Orange Spinner, the Black Spinner should be used on any waterway that contains mayflies. There are far too many to mention. One of the beauties of this fly is that you do not have to see the natural black spinners in order to tie it on. All you have to do is see the fish and during the summer and autumn months, it is rarely refused. You can’t have too many of these in your box. Barbless.

Order Code Size
COA96910 10
COA96912 12

Group 16

Orange Spinner

Bassano's Spinner - Orange

There are many orange spinner patterns available and this one is a variant shown to me former Tasmanian fishing guide, Damian How. Originally it was used on the lowland rivers of northern Tasmania where the fish would eat it in preference to many other imitations.  Now, it is regularly tied on not only when fishing the rivers, but in all other lakes which contain orange spinners. These include Woods and Arthurs Lake, Lake Leak, Four Springs, Penstock, Bronte and many more.

The fly is designed to be fished when trout are eating spinners and as such, it is fished singly to sighted fish. The fly is designed to land the correct way every cast and closely represent the natural insect.  Fished in quiet backwaters on rivers or to jumping fish, this is the most effective orange spinner pattern I have ever used. These flies are under used by almost every Tasmanian angler and although the window of opportunity to use them may be small in comparison to many other flies in the range, when the fish are locked in on this colour of spinner, you must have it on the end of your long leader. Barbless.

Order Code Size
COA96810 10
COA96812 12

Group 16

Possum Emerger

Bassano's Possum Emerger

Any Australian fly fisherman should already know about the effectiveness of this fly. My guiding diary over the past twenty years clearly shows that this fly has caught many, many more fish than any other fly I have. It is clearly my number one fish catcher and many of my clients have caught their first ever trout on this fly.

It was shown to me by the former owner of Rainbow Lodge, Neil Grose and I believe that it was invented by well-known Australian fly tier, Muz Wilson.  Its genius lies in its simplicity and effectiveness. I have seen a hundred different versions of this fly and they are no doubt all effective but it is one of those flies that should be kept simple. Possum fur floats extremely well when treated with floatant and this fly is 100% possum. It can be pulled hard on top of waves, fished static to cruising fish, be used singly or in a team and it will be equally effective. I have seen more than twenty fish caught and released on the exact same fly and still have it float perfectly. It is remarkable.

It is important to remember that at times, the fly will be very hard to see. It is best fished on the point in a team and will therefore be a long way past the end of your fly line. Being small and dark, it does not stand out well. This is a positive attribute. It is subtle and as such, it is eaten with confidence. You DO NOT HAVE TO SEE THIS FLY when fishing it. Simply look around the area in which you think the fly will be and when you see a confident rise, STRIKE…. it will be your fly! If the fly does sink at any stage, just fish it back to you slowly and be prepared for a classic nymph take.

Any lake that has mayflies on it will be perfect for this fly. I have not used it on rivers but perhaps I should. Once a lake has seen mayflies hatching on it during the season, this fly can be fished blind even when nothing is rising or hatching. Foam lines and slicks are other places where this fly catches a lot of fish. Remember that when all else fails, try moving it across the surface. Barbless.

Order Code Size
COA96512 12
COA96514 14

Group 16

Carrot Fly

Carrot Fly

As with the ‘Claret Carrot’, this fly was introduced to Australia by Englishman, John Horsey. This is the original pattern. It is very, very easy to see on the water and is eaten extremely well over the summer months. If you have trouble seeing your flies, this is a good one for you. Orange continues to be a very productive colour in Australia and the extreme brightness of this fly is more than likely the reason why it is eaten so well. As with many flies, when the trout seem locked in on this fly, they seem to ignore all others to get to it. Pulling this fly across the surface in overcast and windy conditions is a productive way of waking fish up. Being carrot shaped, the fly pushes water well and the seals fur body aids floatability.  A generous amount of floatant applied at the start of the day is usually all that is needed no matter how many fish you catch on it. The fly works well in almost all of the popular Tasmanian waterways but interestingly, it is also very good on many of the western lakes in rough weather. The fact that this fly was designed for Rainbow Trout in the northern hemisphere and is equally at home catching wild Browns in Australia, means it is worth trying where ever you are. Barbless.

Order Code Size
COA96412 12

Group 16

Claret Carrot

Claret Carrot

The carrot fly was introduced to Australia by famous English fisherman, John Horsey. The original pattern was orange in colour but all other colour variations were used. As claret is a particularly good colour in Australia when our mayflies are hatching, the claret carrot was always going to be successful. Originally designed as a ‘sighter’ fly when using a three fly rig, the claret carrot is very much a fish catcher on its own. This is a top dropper fly. The floatability of the fly makes it perfect for ‘pulling’ along the surface but it is eaten static just as often. Large sizes are the norm as the bulk adds to its effectiveness. When mayflies abound, this fly is at its best and even more so when there is a good wave. For one of my guides, this is the number one fly for ‘shark fishing’ on Great Lake because it is so easy to see and readily eaten. Although you can use this fly in a ‘nymph under dry’ rig, it is better used in a team and when you are trying to pull fish to the surface when there appears to be nothing happening. Barbless.

Order Code Size
COA96312 12

Group 16

Grab All

Grab All

Barbless.

Order Code Size
COA97914 14

Group 16

Great Lake Hopper

Great Lake Hopper

Barbless.

Order Code Size
COA97812 12

Group 16

Hares Ear Klinkhammer

Hares Ear Klinkhammer

Barbless.

Order Code Size
COA98012 12
COA98014 14

Group 16

Loop Wing Claret Hopper - Flexi Rib

Loop Wing Claret Hopper - Flexi Rib

The loop wing claret hopper can be fished singly or in a team. It can genuinely fit anywhere in a cast of three flies and works in sunny or overcast weather. This differs from the normal claret hopper in that it has a possum wing which is highly suggestive of a mayfly, emerging from the nymph. The possum fur also adds floatability to what is otherwise a poor floating fly. Again, this fly can be pulled across the surface and fits beautifully with other dries that have the same attribute. I have had tremendous fishing with this on Little Pine when other flies failed. It is very effective during mayfly hatches but I have had as much success using it without a mayfly in sight and on waters with very few mayfly.  On those tricky days when fish are rising once and then disappearing, this fly will pull them up. I carry dozens of these at all times. Barbless.

Order Code Size
COA96610 10
COA98112 12

Group 16

Loop Wing Claret Hopper - Mylar Rib

Loop Wing Claret Hopper - Mylar Rib

Barbless.

Order Code Size
COA98212 12

Group 16

Palmered Orange Tag

Palmered Orange Tag

It is always dangerous when you mess with a great fly pattern such as the red tag! The palmered orange tag has as many differences as there are similarities. This pattern floats much better than the original red tag due to the palmer but remains very delicate. The palmer gives the fly obvious advantages but most importantly, it enables you to fish a very small fly in a fast current and still be able to see it, knowing that it is floating well. If you want to fish a small fly but have difficult seeing them, this is the fly for you. The orange tag replaces the normal red, giving the fly even more subtlety. The tying of this fly ensures that no matter how it lands, it look the same to the fish. I.e. unlike other flies, it doesn't matter how it sits on the water.

This is a polaroiding fly, and one that is best fished by itself. It is equally at home on lakes and rivers and is a fantastic searching fly, able to be fished blind and especially to difficult fish. Although you could do it, I don't recommend this fly as one to fish a nymph under. There is no particular lake or river in which this fly works best. It should be carried in various sizes and cast at any opportunistic fish. If anything, go smaller! Barbless.

Order Code Size
COA94612 12
COA94614 14
COA94616 16
COA94618 18

Group 16

Para Adams - Fluoro Post

Parachute Adams - Fluoro Post

Barbless.

Order Code Size
COA97716 16

Group 16

Parachute Possum Emerger

Parachute Possum Emerger

Being tied almost entirely out of possum fur, this fly floats brilliantly. Much more robust than its "CDC winged" counterpart, the fly is very imitative. One fly could last you for days and keep floating! There is almost never any need to put silicon on your fly after the initial floatant has been applied at the start of the day. When fish are rising to mayfly duns, it is extremely effective but on any occasion when fish are rising after the first mayfly hatch of the season, it will work well. Although moving the fly is not often recommended with such imitative flies, fish will still eat this pattern pulled on lakes in overcast weather. Always try it static first!

The smaller sizes are extremely effective on the rivers and when fish are cruising in shallow water. The take is always confident and slow when this fly is eaten. Being a parachute fly, it sits beautifully on the water and once the hatch is over, it is also taken as a spent mayfly. As the body sits in and under the meniscus, the Parachute Possum Emerger will get eaten from the start to the end of the hatch without having to change from a low riding to high riding fly as the hatch reaches its' peak. Sometimes I wish I had an entire box of these flies in various sizes.

I fish this fly on every lake in Tasmania which has mayflies but my favourites are Penstock, Little Pine, Arthurs, Four Springs, Bronte and the entire western lakes and nineteen lagoons region. When fished in a team, this is NOT a point fly and suits the middle or top dropper much better depending on what else you have in your team. Remember not to strike too soon! Barbless.

Order Code Size
COA95112 12
COA95114 14
COA95116 16

Group 16

Parachute Spinner - Black

Parachute Spinner - Black

Barbless.

Order Code Size
COA98610 10
COA98612 12

Group 16

Parachute Spinner - Orange

Parachute Spinner - Orange

Barbless.

Order Code Size
COA98510 10
COA98512 12

Group 16

Shaving Brush - Claret

Shaving Brush - Claret

Barbless.

Order Code Size
COA98312 12
COA98314 14

Group 16

Shaving Brush - Hares Ear / Possum

Shaving Brush - Hares Ear / Possum

Barbless.

Order Code Size
COA98412 12
COA98414 14

Group 16

Spun

Spun

The “Spun” is as the name suggests, a half spinner, half dun. It was invented by my good friend and Tasmanian based fly fisherman, Cameron Spur. Cameron tied this fly in the early nineties for polaroiding and fishing to fish that are inherently difficult to catch. He was successful. While filming “Tasmanian Fly Fishing Techniques Vol 1 and 2”, this fly proved itself time and again. It is in the same mould as a black spinner but is much easier to see and floats better. The Spun is also suggestive of a spinner, a dun and an emerger. It covers so many bases. I do not fish this fly in a team as it is best fished singly to sighted or rising fish. Whether on lakes or rivers, this is a superb fly. I often snip the bottom half of the hackle off, flush with the end of the hook eye. This ensures that the fly will sit correctly 100% of the time and can also be used as a ‘spent’ pattern.

No fish in the western lakes is safe when using this fly. I never seem to have enough of these flies in my box and consequently, I save them for when we are fishing at large fish in clear water. This pattern is only ever used singly and never in a team. I put it on the end of a fine tippet (.12 - .14mm) and cast it at sighted fish. Never move this fly! Thank you Cameron!!! Barbless.

Order Code Size
COA96714 14

Group 16

Zulu Tag

Zulu Tag

This fly floats so well that it works superbly with a nymph hanging under it. The colour combination of black and red has stood the test of time. It is another great fly when used on its own in smaller sizes when sight fishing. In a team, it can be fished anywhere on the leader and although it floats well when "pulled", it fishes best static. I am usually using this fly when I catch my first trout on the dry fly each season. It is just as effective when used on lakes and rivers although the smaller size is recommended for the river. Barbless.

Order Code Size
COA94112 12
COA94114 14
COA94116 16

Group 16

 

Bill Beck Australian Range Dry Fly Patterns

 

Beck's Bibio Hopper

Beck's Bibio Hopper

The best nondescript fly in my fly box. Will take fish blind and takes them on duns, chironomids, beetles etc. If I could only fish one fly – this would be it. Use a floating fly line.

Order Code Size
COA93712 12
COA93714 14

Group 16

Beck's Guide Tag

Beck's Guide Tag

A good high floating Red Tag variant, easily seen on both bright and dull days. Effective on rivers and lakes. Use a floating fly line.

Order Code Size
COA93510 10
COA93512 12
COA93514 14
COA93516 16

Group 16

Beck's Jassid

Beck's Jassid

My go to fly when the Jassids are about, gathers dust in the fly box waiting for the next Jassid fall but I would feel naked without half a dozen when it happens. Use a floating fly line.

Order Code Size
COA93114 14
COA93116 16

Group 16

Brown Wulff

Brown Wulff

Good, high floating dun pattern, especially in rough weather. Good Penstock fly fished off the floating line. In size10 it is good for suspending the Krystal Flash Nymph with 3 foot dropper. Use a floating fly line.

Order Code Size
COA93210 10
COA93212 12

Group 16

Parachute Emerger - Black

Parachute Emerger - Black

My other standard dun pattern (with the Parachute Emerger Brown), usually fished as the middle dropper in a team of three. Best used on dull days during a mayfly hatch but also very effective on evenings when the trout are feeding on chironomids. Also works well on the Great Lake sharks when they are beetle feeding - don’t ask me why! Use a floating fly line.

Order Code Size
COA93412 12

Group 16

Parachute Emerger - Brown

Parachute Emerger - Brown

This is the best dun pattern that I use, it takes fish anywhere. May be used as a single fly or as a point fly in a team of 3 and works best with a bit of sunshine around. Use a floating fly line.

Order Code Size
COA93312 12

Group 16