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Friday, April 25, 2014

Royal Wulff (The)
Royal Coachman
THE Royal Wulff was designed, not by famous author and fly designer Lee Wulff (1905-1991), as many think, but rather as a derivation of the late 1800's fly the Royal Coachman. Lee actually designed the Gray and White Wulff during his stay in the Adirondacks (NY) during 1929. Q L Quackenbush (late 1800's), one of the early members of the Beaverkill Trout Club above Lew Beach in NY state, is credited with designing the Royal Coachman hair wing dry fly. This is however actual the fly from which the Royal Wulff was designed.

The Royal Wulff has undergone some changes over the years and was originally tied with a white calf tail wing and tail but was otherwise was very similar to what you see below (CLICK TO ENLARGE). YellowStoneFly has not changed much except for the addition of a small white foam wing for improved buoyancy. Comments and questions go to

No one really knows why this fly is so effective. Even though it was designed for NY, it is and will remain a great western fly as well. Effectiveness has probably to do with the multiple colors of black, orange, green, red, brown and white. Don't know for sure but I personally have stood on a Montana river in the early morning below a rapids and caught time after time 14"-16" cutthroats on almost every cast with this fly. 

Royal Wulff
1. Burnt orange golden pheasant
tippet for tail. Black thread.

Royal Wulff
2. Peacock herl (lower body).

Royal Wulff
3. Red thread / floss midsection.

Royal Wulff
4. Midsection should be fairly thick.
Royal Wulff
5. Peacock herl for upper body.
White foam wing.

Royal Wulff
6. Brown hackle wrapped
fore and aft of wing.

Royal Wulff
THE Royal Wulff

CDA cutthroat trout
CDA cutthroat
Great and very effective fly for Idaho fly fishing. Come on out and try it. Rivers and streams still fairly high, but high mountain lakes are good and the trout are hungry.
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