Royal Wulff

First tied by the late Lee Wulff, the Royal Wulff is one of a series of dry flies that have a trademark V-shaped hair wing. The result is a fly that is robust and easy to tie. A bunch of bucktail or calf-tail hair is tied in so that it projects over the eye; it is then divided into two wings by using figure-of-eight turns of thread. With its striking coloration, the Royal Wulff is not an imitative pattern but rather it is used to trigger the trout's inquisitiveness. It is an effective fly even on hard-fished waters where trout become very selective. Other flies in the Wulff series include the Gray Wulff and the White Wulff, and the technique is now widely used to create a variety of medium to large mayfly imitations.

Peacock herl and red floss

Steelhead

Peacock herl and red floss

Moose Mane Midge

Thread:

Black

Hackle:

Brown cock hackle

Tail:

Brown bucktail

Hook:

Size 4-18

Tail:

Brown bucktail

Hook:

Size 4-18

Wing:

White calf tail

Thread:

Black

Hackle:

Brown cock hackle

ROYAL WULFF

2 Wind the thread down the shank in touching turns, stopping at a point opposite the hook barb. Catch in a few fibers of brown bucktail as the tail allowing the waste ends to lie along the shank.

IRun the tying thread on at the eye. building a short section of close thread turns. Secure a bunch of white calf tail so that the tips project over the eye. Remove the waste ends, then divide the bunch with figure-of-eight thread wraps.

4 Secure the loose ends of the peacock herl and remove them. At the base of the first body section, catch in 2 inches (5cm) of red floss and wind it along the hook to form a section slightly longer than the one of peacock herl.

6 Gripping the hackle tip with pliers, wind on three or four full turns to create a dense collar. Make a further two hackle turns in front of the wing, securing the tip and removing the excess. Build a neat head and cast off the thread.

3 Secure the waste ends of the hair with open turns of thread. Then, at the base of the tail catch in two fibers of peacock herl. Wind them in close turns so that they cover one-third of the distance between the tail and the wing.

5 Add a second section of peacock herl between the red floss and the wing. Select a brown cock hackle with fibers approximately twice as long as the hook gape. Catch it in by its base to the rear of the wing.

Cutthroat

Rainbow trout

Rainbow trout

Atlantic salmon

Coho salmon

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