Our Man In Canada
April 24th, 2000
The Dinger

The Dinger

By Chris Marshall

The Dinger is the invention of Peter Dunne, an Irishman from Durrow Co. Laois who is now "transplanted" to Ste-Marcelline, Quebec. He is a world champion fly tyer, with eight medals to his credit. He specialises in classic salmon flies, and tied the flies for Paul Marriner's recent book, Modern Atlantic Salmon Flies. When he's not tying or fishing, he earns his livelihood as a garden designer/landscaper. Here's what he has to say about his favourite trout fly.

This fly is, perhaps, the deadliest all-rounder I have ever fished with. It began life 16 to 18 years ago, has been modified bit-by-bit over the seasons, and I feel it is now at its best. The most significant change was replacing the original bronze mallard fibre wings with natural dun CDC. What makes it effective is the sparsely dubbed and the dirty brown, but sparkly, seal's fur body. The Dinger is an impressionistic pattern, which works well in both mayfly and caddis hatches, as well as when there's nothing hatching.

I've fished the Dinger very successfully on rivers and lakes in Ireland and Canada, and the majority of my big brown trout have been taken on it. French friends who used it with great success in Ireland last summer were so impressed they took copies home to try on alpine browns. This summer I hope to try large versions to entice Atlantic salmon.

Variations include a fluorescent green/chartreuse rib for cloudy days, gold holographic tinsel for bright sunshine, and gold metal rib for springtime.


    Hook:  #14 barbless.

    Thread:  chartreuse 8/0

    Wing:  2 natural dun CDC plumes.

    Shuck:  6-8 dirty brown/olive hackle fibres 1 length of the body.

    Tail:  brown partridge fibres the length of the shuck.

    Body:  dirty brown/olive seal's fur.

    Rib:  gold holographic tinsel.

    Thorax:  as body.

    Hackle:  5 turns the dirty brown/olive hackle fibres tied parachute style.

The Dinger


1. Tie in the wing at the shank length from the head, with the wing facing over the eye, then post it. The stumps behind will help form a taper for the thorax.

2. Tie in the hackle pointing forward, followed by the shuck, tail, and rib.

Spring 2000 issue 3. Dub the thread sparsely, form the body, and rib it.

4. Dub the thread again and form the thorax.

5. Wrap the hackle around the wing post parachute style.

6. After completing the head, also seal the butts of the wing with cement. ~ Chris Marshall

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