How to Tie Dry Flies Information & Video for Fly Fishing from The Blue Quill Angler in Evergreen, CO

Catching fish on the surface with a dry fly is among the most exciting parts of fly fishing, and we want to show you just how easy it can be to tie your own. In this video, we show you how to tie Jim Cannon’s Snowshoe Dun which is a relatively easy blue-winged olive pattern. Imitating a member of the baetis hatch of mayflies occurring throughout much of the year, the blue-winged olive (BWO) is an outstanding trout fly to have in your box year-round. The thing to keep in mind when fly fishing with dry flies is to match the hatch. With a little practice, you can pretty accurately identify the general types of insects that are hatching to the dun stage and taking flight. While you don’t have to get a degree in entomology (the study of insects), being able to discern bugs like mayflies, stoneflies, and caddis can make a big difference in your day of fly fishing. This is just some of what you can get started on during a guided fly fishing trip with our expert guides at The Blue Quill Angler. We also offer fly tying classes in addition to videos like this one to help you expand your enjoyment of all things fly fishing.

Why is Fly Fishing with Dry Flies so Popular?

Perhaps one of the most prominent reasons for the popularity of fly fishing with dry flies like the snowshoe dun is that the fish come to the top of the water for a meal from the surface allowing for a visual presentation. This also allows you to know right when the fly is taken which adds a bit of excitement and control to the catch. Having a healthy arsenal of dry flies in your box is something every fly fishing angler should have. Aside from the frequency and volumes of the mayfly hatch, the Blue-Winged Olive tend to ride the top of the water for a long time prior to taking flight. In this case, the term ‘dun’ refers to the stage of development when the insect has emerged on top of the water from its larva state but has not yet taken flight. Dun can also refer to the brownish gray color in your fly tying materials. Once you’re familiar with tying the snowshoe dun, check out our other fly tying videos and contact us at The Blue Quill Angler for all things fly fishing, including expert instruction and guided Colorado fly fishing trips.