This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Grey Ugly.

Grey Ugly | www.johnkreft.com

Recently, a potential customer contacted me to see if I would tie some Grey Ugly flies for him. I had never heard of this fly and did a quick Google search to learn about it.

Looking at an image of the fly, I thought it looked like a variant of a Renegade.

Renegade | www.johnkreft.com

It also has similarities to the Griffith’s Gnat.

Griffiths Gnat | www.johnkreft.com

In my quick research, I found fly fishers use it to imitate midge clusters in small sizes.

I couldn’t find any references to the history of the fly. I searched some older books I have along with an Internet search.

What could be wrong with a fly using peacock herl and grizzly hackle?

If you know about the fly, please leave a Comment below.

Enjoy…go fish, stay safe!

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3 Comments

  1. Hi John,
    There is a French or Spanish fly call ‘The Ugly’, ‘La Peute’.
    It uses a dry fly or nymph hook, a thread body, and a hen mallard breast feather for hackle. The feather is tied in wet fly style and long barbs are cut slightly past the hook bend. The body may also be built using dubbing and peacock herl. One tier used CDC for the hackle.

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