Guest Blogger: Jeff Rowley, follow him on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/rowleybenchwork/

February is a great time to fish for trout, but gear up, it’s pretty cold! It’s also a great time to fill your boxes and start getting ready for spring! I’m looking forward to late June and July in the Rockies for the green drake hatch! This is a Wulff variant that will get the job done. It’s big, robust and easy on the eyes!

Materials:
Hook : Ahrex FW503 size 12
Thread : Semperfli 18/0 Nanosilk black
Body : Superglue, Green Turkey Biot, Peacock Herl
Tail : Moose body
Hackle : Medium Dun & Cree or Barred Ginger
Wing : Calf Body

Tying Instructions:
Step 1.  Lay down a thread base, move thread back a little behind eye

Step 2. Set in wing, clip a fair amount of calf body hair, clean it, stack it. Look at amount and determine if you have enough to split into wings. Add more if needed. Leaving enough room behind eye for three wraps of double hackle, measure length of wing to length of shank, tie in wrapping tightly backwards about 5 wraps. Cut butt ends of calf hair angling towards tail, wrap down over calf tail firmly, but not so tight that the thread slips. Apply a touch of superglue over wraps. End thread before bend of hook

Step 3. Tie in moose tail. Cut out a small amount of moose, approximately 10 hairs. Stack them. Measure to length of shank. Tie in loosely, trying not to flair hair, nice even wraps up body increasing pressure as you go up, open thread so you get a nice smooth base for biot. Cut butt ends of moose, move thread to wing

Step 4. Split wing. Pull wing up, start a thread dam under and in front of wing to stand it up a bit. Push back on wing with tip of thumb and spread hair. Split with a bodkin, wrap thread figure 8 making two fairly even bunches. Wrap each post like you would a parachute post, but not as many wraps, stay pretty close to body. Then adjust wing, you can anchor wrap each post and pull into shape you need. When wing looks good move thread towards tail.

Step 5. Tie in biot. Remove single turkey biot from feather. At base of biot is notch. Tie in biot from tip, notch down next to tail. Move thread up body. Then add a little glue to body, attach hackle pliers to biot, wrap up body, secure biot with a few tight wraps, trim biot tag.

Step 6. Tie in peacock herl. Wrap herl back slightly over biot body, approximately 3 wraps. This should leave same amount of space behind wing, as from wing to eye for hackle.

Step 7. Tie in hackle. I stack two hackle feathers, one medium dun, one Cree. Measure hackle a little oversized for this pattern. Wrap hackle color facing forward, both at same time, three wraps behind wing, three in front. Secure hackle, whip finish, trim hackle, final whip finish, making nice head.

3 Comments

  1. That’s one meaty-looking fly Jeff! Beautiful tie…the few times I’ve tried to use calf hair I never was able to make it behave like you did here. I like the colors you chose…really like the peacock herl aft-collar too…gives it a nice finished juicy-looking touch. Very nice fly.

    – Mike

  2. The H & L Varient is one of my favorite flies. This Wulff pattern is excellent and would give me a better option for rough water. Beautiful tie and a great expression of a classic fish catcher!

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