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Royal Wulff
Royal Wulff
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Notes: Lee Wulff was an innovator. He designed the first fishing vest, popularized left-handed reels to keep the rod in the stronger right hand, created the first palming reel, and designed triangle taper lines. He designed the White and Gray Wulff patterns in 1929 which led to a number of other take-offs. Disgusted with English-derived dry flies that were too fragile for our western waters, Lee bulked the dry fly with the use of hair rather than feathers for the tails and wings. His original wulffs called for bucktail but are now tied with calf tail and deer hair. Dan Bailey, a close friend and fishing companion, marketed Lee's innovations and insisted upon naming them "Wulff" flies. The split wing is actually the preference of Dan Bailey to make the fly more marketable to the public. Lee actually preferred to tie his flies with a single wing. The Royal Wulff was actually designed by Q.L. Quackenbush. It was a Royal Coachman Hair Wing Dry, first called a Quack Coachman. Quackenbush asked Rueben Cross of Neversink, N.Y. to dress the fly with a heavier wing. Rueben used Impala Tails to create a more stiff and kinky wing. Since it looked very similar to the Wulff flies designed by Lee Wulff, it eventually became known as the "Royal Wulff", a royal addtion to his series of Wulff flies.
The Gray Wulff was the first "Wulff" pattern designed by Lee Wulff. He utilized this fly for large Isonychia hatches in the Catskills. He found that the bulkier fly looked more like the naturals and proceeded to catch over 51 trout on one of his first outings with this fly.
The Grizzly Wulff is one of Dan Bailey's variations to imitate large mayflies in the Yellowstone area. He utilized yellow floss for the body as well as brown bucktail or deer hair for the upright and divided wing.
Gary LaFontaine created the Were Wulff variation. The Woodchuck tail material are not rigid and straight like deer hair or moose mane. The Woodchuck has lighter colors at the tips of the hairs which gives a action-like appearance on the water. Fran Betters also preferred to use Woodchuck for tailing materials with his Ausable Wulff.
The Royal Wulff is used in the Sierra's June through September.

Variations:



Gray Wulff
Gray Wulff


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Grizzly Wulff
Grizzly Wulff


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Were Wulff
Were Wulff


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