Fishing with Royalty
This is the most regal member of the Wulff pack, a legacy pattern from the legendary fly tyer and fishermen Lee Wulff. The Royal Wulff is probably the most popular riffle pattern. As the name suggests these fat patterns with white wings float high in a fast riffle or broken water, the wing making it highly visible to the angler at a distance and in low light.
Hook: Mustad 94840 R 50 # 8-16
Tying thread: Black
Wing: White calf tail
Tail: Moose body hair, or deer hair
Body: Peacock herl divided by a band of red floss
Hackle: Dark brown
A great foot print pattern in all sizes.
1 Secure your hook in the vice with the hook shank horizontal.
2 Run a little tying thread over the first half of the hook shank.
3 Clean and stack a small bunch of white calf tail. Tie this in about one third of the way behind the hook eye as shown.
4 Trim off the butt ends at an angle and make a few tight turns tight in under the front of the wing. This will hold the wing at 90 degrees from the hook shank.
5 Divide the calf hair into two equal wings and secure with a figure of eight tying thread movement and then a few turns around each wing base to secure each wing bunch together.
6 Run a foundation of tying thread over the rear calf hair as shown.
7 Cut and stack a small bunch of moose body hair and tie in as tail, this should even out the body.
8 Tie in a length of peacock herl at the tail base.
9 Wrap the peacock herl 4 or 5 times at the tail base and tie off. Run your tying thread forward and tie in another two peacock herls a little behind the wing.
10 Cut a length of red silk floss and tie this in as shown.
11 Wrap the floss back and forward to form a nice fat body. Tie off at the forward peacock herl.
12 Cut away the excess floss and make 5 or 6 turns of peacock herl. Tie off.
13 cut away the excess herl and tie in a dark brown cock hackle tight into the herl.
14 Now wrap the hackle in as many close turns as possible, firstly behind and then in front of the wing. Tie off behind the hook eye.
15 Trim away the excess hackle and whip finish. A little drop of varnish on the head will crown the pattern ready for fishing.
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