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Model: EF-6010-6Bar Code: 886741017961Brand: The Essential Fly
The Alexandra is a real attractor pattern, primarily use for Brown Trout. The Alexandra fly was named after Queen Alexandra when she was a Princess. The Alexandra was originally called the Lady of the Lake. In its early days of use the Alexandra trout fly was considered too deadly and was banned on many waters. The Alexandra is used by many still water anglers and is really good as a sea-trout fly.
Despite all the various fly patterns designed to imitate insects and other creatures trout feed on, there are times when the fish just don't seem interested in anything you offer. This usually occurs on days with a depressed or quickly falling barometer, or on the sweltering dog days of summer. Most of us have experienced days like these and know the frustration they can cause. These are the times when the angler needs to resort to a different tactic by employing the flyfisher's secret weapon . . . the attractor pattern, the Alexandra is an attractor fly pattern.
Attractor patterns like Alexandra are designed to do exactly what their name implies, attract a fish's attention. Once the fish has been duped into taking notice of the fly the likelihood of a strike increases significantly. Attractors are tied a bit gaudy usually, with more flash than normal patterns. They don't imitate any specific insect, but are designed to look a bit like many possible food items.
The wet flies which include Alexandra fall into various categories: larval and pupal forms of various aquatic insects; drowned adults or even swamped stillborn flies; and drowned terrestrials such as beetles. Many do not represent anything in nature, but are classed as attractor flies or lures, designed to tempt the fish to take out of curiosity. A number of the silver-bodied flies can emulate small fry or minnows. Most of the dry flies have a wet-fly equivalents. The use of heavier hooks, softer hen hackles instead of cock, and in the case of winged flies a backward-sloping wing, changes the dry fly into a wet one which sinks below the sufrace of the water. Cock hackles are used for these patterns but they are taken from the very young bird where the individual fibres are very soft.
There are two main areas of wet-fly fishing. Firstly, there are the wild rain-fed rivers and streams where it is difficult to see a fish rise let alone see a minute dry fly on the surface. On such waters, wet flies are used almost exclusively upstream and down, as necessity or terrain dictates. The second main area of wet-fly fishing is on atill waters like lakes, lochs and reservoirs, where the angler uses a team of wet flies just below the surface.
On wild streams while searching for the natural Brownie, soft-hackled wet flies like the Partridge and Orange, the Snipe and Purple, the Black Spider, a wet Coch-y-Bonddu, and many others are used.
Always fish a dry-fly pattern when you see a trout rising during a hatch of natural insects. However, when the trout refuses to rise to a dry fly, fishing just below the surface with a wet fly can often work. When no activity is obvious, it is a case for the wet fly, pure and simple.
The soft, game-bird hackles of many wet flies have the necessary mobility in the water. They pulsate and 'kick' in the current, attracting the fish by their very movement. They look alive and edible; the two key properties for a successful fly.
a technique that has stood the test of time, where the fly (e.g. the Alexandra) is fished sub-surface and is retrieved slowly using a 'Figure-of-Eight' manipulation of the line in the hand. A floating or intermediate line can be used to retrieve the Alexandra
For the more adventurous among you we have provided tying specifications for the Alexandra. Remember at The Essential Fly we sell the Alexandra at incredible prices with a top quality fly and service to back it up. It is certainly worth tying the Alexandra yourself to understand the pleasure of catching a fish with your own tied fly, however at the price we sell flies it is only worth tying one or two Alexandra as your can spend more time fishing instead of tying flies - buy volume online with us.Hook Sizes6 to 14Silk ThreadBlackTailRed Ibis substitute and two or three peacock sword-tail fibresBodyFlat silver tinselRibOval silver tinselHackleBlack cock or henWingGreen peacock sword flanked with strips f red Ibis substitute (scarlet swan)
6 to 14
Red Ibis substitute and two or three peacock sword-tail fibres
Flat silver tinsel
Oval silver tinsel
Black cock or hen
Green peacock sword flanked with strips f red Ibis substitute (scarlet swan)
Excellent value at only 40 pence. Would love to see a Silver Stoat single (12 and 10) added to the wet flies. Peter
Delighted with the quality. Looking forward to trying out the flies
well tied flies at very keen prices
I'd love to tell you about all the fish im catching on these fly's....But because of our S%i&E weather i've been unable to fish the rivers, hopefully this weekend but not getting my hopes up
helpful as always
Good quality, well made, colourful fly
Loads of people seem to focus on new flies and materials. This is a beauty, ordered different sizes and it caught for me on both the river and my local reservoir!