Friday, June 24, 2011

Thoughts and Comforts

While the ultimate goal of our picking up a fly rod and heading to a stream may be the catching of a fish, but there is so much more.
These ferns on a misty drizzly morning seem to be opening up there arms as if to say welcome.

This is a variation of one of the best attractor patterns for small stream wild trout, especially brookies. The original pattern, Royal Coachman, probably gos back to England. Lee Wulff created a version he called the Royal Wulff, using hair for the wing and using the fly for trout and Atlantic salmon.
This is my version, "Royal Wulff Emerger"

A fish eye view of the "Royal Wulff Emerger"

A small stream on a morning when a light rain is falling. These times are so peaceful to the angler....... the trout will also loose some of their caution. Perhaps that's why some of the best of days fishing are on wet days.

Some info, Connecticut has 286 streams that support notable populations of wild trout. Pretty good for such a small state.

Something to take comfort in, "Egg Drop Soup" it's so soothing, and one of my favorite soups.......... simple, chicken broth, eggs, rice, and Chinese crackers.


  1. Nice ties, pics and food. I'm a picky eater but almost everything you post I'd eat.

  2. The royal wulff emerger is really nice tie, looks like it would be a killer little pattern.

  3. The fern picture is beautiful and the fly as well. You can never go wrong using the color scheme of a Royal Coachman. The Coachman is from England. The Royal Coachman is American and was created by an American fly tier in NYC in 1878 for either Charles Orvis or his brother for use in the North Country, I can't remember which one gave it the name. There is a book by Mary Orvis Marbury with the history of this fly.

  4. Kev2380,
    I to am a fussy eater, that's probably why I like to cook.

    I fish the Royal Wulff from time to time through the course or the year, but especially in the Autumn time, seems to fit in with the turning of the leaves, and the spawning brook trout.

  5. Kiwi,
    Thanks for the history behind the Royal Coachman.
    M.O.M. tied some beautiful wet flies. I especially like the patterns name for many of the north country lakes.

  6. Too bad you did not get the ferns when they were still fiddle heads, you could have added them to your soup. Hope your trout brooks come down to fishing levels soon.

  7. Another great post. The Royal Wulff series is one of my favorite patterns,but I can't put my finger on why. I think its the solid red band.

  8. Savage,
    Fiddleheads, they work well in a risotto.
    Hopefully the streams should be in shape by Sunday.

    Thanks buddy.

  9. Bruce,
    I also like the red band, along with that magic material, Peacock.

  10. I love the Royal Wulff. I've tied them in a variety of styles changing wing and hackle materials -- emerger (like yours), streamer and dry. It is said they imitate ants with the two bands of peacock. Haven't fished them as much as I would like, but probably true with most of my ties.

  11. deanwo,
    Like most of us flyfishers, we do carry more flies than will ever be fished. But there are a few that will take fish on a regular basis, The Royal Wulff is one of them.