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The Royal Wulff is a great fly, except its really difficult to tie in those calf tail wings. But I have come up with an easier way, that I think actually is better. It makes the fly float higher, easier to see, and is much easier to tie in. In small mountain creeks and streams, there is one fly that seems to out preform all the others. Of course thats this fly, the Royal Wulff. There isn't a time that this fly isn't in my box with hiking in the back country. Great little flies. I am not sure really what the trout mistake it as, some say a flying ant. But no matter what the trout think it is, it works, and that is all that matters! Hook: Firehole Sticks #419 in size 16 Thread: Veevus 10/0 in black Tail: Moose Body Hair Abdomen: Peacock Hurl Hot Spot: Uni Floss Wing: EP fiber Hackle: Mets Rooster Neck Cement: Hard as Hull
(Click to Enlarge) This fly is a cross between a Royal Wulff, Royal Trude, Parachute Adams, Spinner, and my own Wonder Bug. I tied it for the dog days of summer and it works well to bring larger fish to the surface. When using this fly it has a better strike and hookup performance than a Royal Wulff, I believe because of the different look and great silhouette it presents on the water - to see what I mean look at it from the underside with a lighted background as shown in the last picture above. Hook: Any brand 4X long size 6 to 16 with a fine wire, having as wide a gape as possible or a Mustad 3261 Thread: Black6/0 (70 denier) or larger Tail: Golden pheasant tippets Body: (Traditional Materials) Peacock Herl/Red Floss/ Peacock Herl (Non-Traditional Materials) Black foam or Floss/Red Heat Shrink/Black Foam Floss(as presented) Legs: Medium to fine speckled white rubber centipede leg material Wing: White material made with heat-n-bond and netting Post: White Polypropylene Yarn Hackle: Tied parachute style Grizzly and Brown mixed.