"Standard Flies: 29. The Whirling Dun" by Blacker, William

Author Blacker, William
Book The Art of Angling
Book Edition December 8th 1843
Page 33
June and July


  • Hook: f
  • Tail: Dun, two fibers
  • Body: Water rat's fur
  • Rib: Yellow silk
  • Front-hackle: Dun
  • Wing: Starling

Original material

As written in the book:

Hook f. - Body, Water rat's fur ribbed with yellow silk. Tail, Two fibres of a dun hackle. Legs, Dun hackle at the shoulder. Wings, Starling wing.

Long material list

Part Material Type Color
Tail Feather
Body Water rat Fur Natural
Rib Silk Yellow      
Hackle - Front Feather
Wing Starling
Latin: Sturnus vulgaris
Feather Natural

Pattern pictures

By: Håvard Eide - https://flyfisher.org
By: Håvard Eide - https://flyfisher.org