Royal Wulff Fly Pattern Tie or Buy

Royal Wulff Fly Pattern

The Royal Wulff is one of those great attractor fly patterns, not imitating a specific fly in nature, it is a great fish catcher. Catching all over the globe this fly is fished with the following techniques:

  1. as a single dry fly on a tapered leader,
  2. as part of a New Zealand rig where the highly buoyant Royal Wulff supports a buzzer or nymph searching across riffles on rivers or
  3. as a sight fly with an ultra small midge pattern, for example an F Fly where the Royal Wulff fly pattern acts as a attractor fly pattern in its own right and as a bit indicator for the ultra small F Flies or micro dry flies

Royal Wulff Fly Tying Materials

Hook: Standard Dry fly hook sizes 8 to 18

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Try UNI Thread 8/0 Black, Semperfli Nano Silk 50D 12/0 Black (GSP) or Black Spyder thread 18/0

Rib: None
Bead: None
Legs: None
Thorax: None
Thorax Cover: None

White calf body hair for large flies or for smaller flies Veniard white polypropylene or Predator Fibres Polar Bear (Semperfli alternative to Puglisi Winging material)

Wing Post: None
Wing Case: None
Collar: None
Hackle: Natural red (depp) cock hackle try Veniard Short CockNeck Hackles or check our fly tying saddles and capes
Tail: Moose Mane Hair or Natural Deer Hair
Body: First third is Peacock Herl, 2nd third Red Thread try Fluoroescent Fluoro Brite Red #4 or  and last third Peacock Herl

Royal Wulff Fly Pattern Step By Step Tying Difficulty 4/5

Wrap on a base layer of tying thread to the dry fly hook
Take a pinch of wing hair calf fibres or polypropylene in a hair stacker. Offer up in the way they are to be tied in tapering the fibres to maintain a smooth taper
Lock the wing in an upright position with thread at the front of the thick cut butts
Divide the wing into equal halves, seperate by crossing the fly tying thread and circling each wing base locking the wing into an upright position
Take 6 to 8 moose fibres, tap into alignment and tie in immediately after the wing. Step cut to maintain a smooth body taper
Wrap more thread onto the body to maintain a smooth taper
Tie in a strand of peacock herl and wrap around the bottom third of the body. Tie in fluorescent body thread
Wrap red fluorescent thread to form a small hump for the middle third of the body, tie off the fluoroescent thread and tie in peacock herl and a short red cock hackle.
Wrap the peacock herl around the top third of the body
Wind the hackle from the rear of the wing forward through the wing in touching turns
Tie off and whip finish


Wulff Pattern Fly Variations

The Wulff fly pattern is available in a variety of different fly variations as follows:

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