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Model: EF-6110-10Bar Code: 886741018326Brand: The Essential Fly
The Blue Zulu is a variant of the Black Zulu which is a very old pattern. It is used on still waters and for sea trout. In larger versions the Blue Zulu is used as a dapping fly.
The Blue Zulu can be used as a Dapping Fly. In Ireland, it is common to see the locals using a dapping technique on the loughs. They usually use a long rod, often as long as 17ft, a large fly reel (or alternatively a beautifully smooth-running Centrepin reel) containing strong nylon spinning line attached to about 5 yards of 'floss line'. The floss line is joined to a level leader of about 4 feet, with a hook about size 10 on to which a couple of mayflies or a Blue Zulu have been caught at the thorax. The floss line billows out in front of the boat, and the rod is held so that the mayfly or Blue Zulu skip enticingly across the surface of the water, as the breeze fluctuates. This seems to be an irresistible attraction to the trout, the odd salmon has been known to be can be caught with this method.
With this method live mayfly are used to dap on the surface!. Howewer we use mayfly and later in the season cranefly imitations. Alterbative in place of the natural fly, sometimes a very bushy tied fly is substituted - often of two contrasting colours (bi-visible) to assist the angler in identifying the position of the fly. The Blue Zulu is great fun when used for dapping
The trout finds most of its food beneath the surface of the water, sometimes by grubbing around the weed-beds, at other times by rising in water to take nymphs and pupae on their way to the surface
The wet flies which include Blue Zulu 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.
For the more adventurous among you we have provided tying specifications for the Blue Zulu. Remember at The Essential Fly we sell the Blue Zulu at incredible prices with a top quality fly and service to back it up. It is certainly worth tying the Blue Zulu 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 Blue Zulu as your can spend more time fishing instead of tying flies - buy volume online with us.Hook Sizes8 to 14Silk ThreadBlackTailRed WoolBodyBlack silkRibSilver ovalHacklePalmered black cock
8 to 14
Palmered black cock
Well dressed with a balance of dressing. Good quality.
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