Royal Wulff

Created by Lee Wulff



HOOK: 1X fine wire, standard shank, turned-down eye; e.g., TMC 100 or equivalent. Sizes 10-18


TAIL: Deer or elk hair

WING: White calftail, divided

BODY: Peacock herl, then red floss, then more peacock herl




The Royal Wulff is a variation of the famous Royal Coachman, a very traditional fly that still has many devotees. While the Royal Wulff imitates nothing (except maybe strawberry shortcake), it can catch trout when they aren't feeling selective and picky.

Wulff-style flies are attractor patterns that are designed for rough water. They are too highly-dressed to work well on slow, clear water or when trout are feeding selectively. But when you're casting to eager trout in fast, riffly water-- a situation where the fish want a floating fly, but where they don't have too long to look at it--Wulff patterns make good sense.

This pattern can be especially attractive to brook trout.



Dress the fly with floatant and use standard dry fly presentations.



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