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Royal Wulff

Step by Step tying tutorial


Royal Wulff

How to Tie the Royal Wulff;

Name: Royal Wulff
Sizes: 8 - 16
Hook: Kamasan B830, B170 or Tiemco 9300
Thread: Danville Thread 70 Denier Black
Body: Peacock Herl with Red Danville Floss highlight
Tail: Deer Hair
Wing: Calf Tail is the traditional material used, below I've used white Poly yarn
Hackle: Brown neck or micro saddle hackle
Comment: The Royal Wulff is a must have in any fly box, especially deadly on Rainbows who find it hard to resist. It a general pattern, the dark peacock herl body probably suggests a Cicada. It also makes a good indicator fly in the larger sizes
Step by Step Tying Instructions: Royal Wulff;
Green Beetle Step and Step tying instructions

First step is to wind some thread onto the hook, a good idea to glue the thread and while still wet tie in the tail as this will stop the fly rotating and from sliding up and down the hook.

Tail goes in

The Deer Hair tail needs to be stacked to get all the fibers an even length. Use the Deer Hair give the body a bit more bulk. Deer hair will flay out if you tighten up too much on the thread so it best to put you first wrap around the middle of the hook and wind back from there, as you get towards the tail start to ease up on the pressure so to reduce the flaying

Brown Deer Body Hair

Tie in the Peacock Herl, it's a good idea to add some more glue to the body at this point then neatly wind the herl forward stopping half way along the body

(Additionally to make the body more durable, tying in some fine (red) wire which can be wound forward over the herl as ribbing is a good idea)

Spinning Deer Hair

Next tie in the red floss and wind a few wraps forward.

spinning the green beetle

Then add another piece of peacock herl. I try to give the body a slight taper effect


Make sure you leave enough room to tie in the wings and hackle!!

rotary vice in action

Calf Tail is the tradition wing material for the Royal Wulf, however for this one I've used ploy yarn. Secure it using a figure of eight. I like to wind the thread up each foot a little, helps support the wings and stops them splaying, then glue the base which will make them stronger.

trimed with the hackle ready to be wound

View from above

Tye off the Swiss Straw

Then tie in you hackle starting just in front of the peacock herl, create a nice tight hackle which will help the fly float Tie off the hackle then holding it down out of the way bring the Swiss Straw forward over top and tie that in. One little tip here is to use a sharp blade to cut off the excess instead of scissors as the blade will give a closer cut, but be careful, if you cut your thread you're in trouble!