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Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The Royal Wulff
The Royal Wulff, an attractor hairwing dry fly created by Lee Wulff. I'm not sure if the pattern was originally created for Atlantic salmon or trout. I've not used it for salmon but I have for trout, and it works. Lee tied them by hand without the aid of a vise, and they say he tied one in size 32. The one in the photo is one I tied, it's a size 12.
Well Sunday I teamed up with Kirk, "Trout Quest Redux" for a few hours of angling on a small stream. Check out Kirk's report on the day at his blog.
I was using the Wullf and was going to see the attractor do its thing.
I came upon this likely looking trout hideout and went out work. Several drifts after I detected a rise. I continued my quest to get a fish on the Wulff. A few more drifts and a stream busting rise and take. He was on briefly, but soon got free. I continued to work the little run, putting on a Bomber, which also brought fish to the surface. I tied on a Klinkhammer type emerger and off it went. That did the trick.
A wild brook trout on the dry.
We continued to fish. Kirk had taken several nice browns while all I managed was rises to the Wulff with no hookups.
Cased caddis. The pool above was covered with these guys. This place is going to boil when they start hatching.
They say trout love these so much that they eat them sticks and all. Peanuts in the shell.
I went back to that stream yesterday. Armed with the Royal Wulff, and determined to make it work. I sent the fly floating along the bank towards the tree. The fish struck, and the 2wt did its job. I had the true pleasure of holding a wild brown. I took a quick photo and off he went.