This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the White Miller dry fly.

White Miller Dry Fly |

This is a fly a customer gave me as a sample to tie for him, a size 12 short-shank hook.

I did some quick research on a White Miller dry fly and couldn’t find much at all about the origins of the fly. It was listed as a fly the Dette’s tied in the Catskills. Most White Miller’s I found generally talk about the wet fly version. In fact, my usual source is Ray Bergman’s Trout and sure enough, I found it on Plate 9.

The fly itself seems fairly simple to tie, with one exception – the quill wings.

Perhaps they are simple for you to tie on the hook, but I certainly have problems with them. As I tell those who ask for advice on improving their fly tying, practice…practice…practice.

Well, I decided to take my own advice and tie a dozen each of size 12 and 14 White Millers.

It’s still a work in progress for me, but here are three that turned out OK. Not good, just OK.

White Miller Dry Fly Side View |
White Miller Dry Fly Front View |

I didn’t have very good white hackle for these flies. What I found in the garage was a Keogh tyer’s grade cape.

As I said earlier, I still need to practice more.

If you have more information about the White Miller dry fly, leave a Comment below and I’ll update this post.

Enjoy…go fish!

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  1. Hi John,
    I have several commercial grade saddles that may help. Hit me up when you visit next month and we’ll look through them. The hackle in them is fairly good but for one reason or another the “pelt” didn’t make retail grade. Take care & …
    Tight Lines – (Gretchen &) Al Beatty

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