Royal Wullf |
By Jason Akl
Of all the legendary fly tiers that have contributed to the world of fly fishing, no single person has done more to popularize dry fly fishing then Lee Wulff. It is believed that Mr. Wulff was the first tier to ever incorporate animal hair into wings and tails for fly patterns. This innovation of buoyant wings and tails allowed Wulff’s flies to ride higher and stay drier longer.
The Royal Wulff is Lee Wulff’s improved version of the Royal Coachman and is probably the most recognizable fly pattern in the world. The Royal Wulff incorporates all the classic traits consistent with time honored dry flies, long stiff tails, dense hackles, buoyant wings and contrasting body colors.
This classic fly pattern can be tied in a wide variety of sizes and fished in any water type, from big fast turbulent flows to small quiet pocket water. Trout have a special affinity for this particular dry fly and cannot resist gobbling it up voraciously. Cast this fly gently towards fishy-looking water and hang on tight because it won’t take long to have the fish’s attention.
Tie this fly in sizes 10-20.