This pattern is demonstrated by Alan Bithell out of the UK. This looks to be a simple pattern to tie, but like many other “simple”patterns, it is much harder than it looks. It is an interesting style of tying, and first seen flies in this style when Roy Christie sent me a few of his patterns across the pond. There’s no doubt that they work effectively, so give hem a try. One of the aspects of this style that I like is that the hook is hidden from the fish. a downside to this is that the fish has to hit this fly aggressively for a solid take, but not a major issue. It would have a good hook rate once the fish has the fly because of the hook location I think. Off to the vise to do some product research. 🙂
Here is another great video from Youtube. Here we have a classic Madam X, a pattern tied with a bullet head. This video is well done and has a few things going for it like the explanation and demonstration of using the bullet head tool and well, the vise is tops in my books. Another little tip I picked up was the application of the legs. It’s a bit different than I’ve seen but effective none the less. the barred rubber legs are another material I have been using more of this year for some of my larger dry patterns and my Bass flies as well.
This list wouldn’t be complete without the classic Royal Wulff. 8 Maids a milking translates to using calf tail. The Wulff series is one I haven’t tied a whole bunch of, but I have tied a fair share on the end of my line over the years.
On the eighth day of Christmas my Ghillie tied for me
8 Royal Wulffs
7 Baron’s Swinging
6 Evil Weevils
5 Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymphs
4 Baby Buggers
3 PEI Flies,
2 Blae and Black
And a soft hackle Partridge and Orange
Royal Wulff – Click here for a step by step tutorial
Hook: Standard Dry Fly Hook Size 8-20
Thread: Black 6/0 for larger sizes, and 8/0 for smaller sizes.
Wing: White calf body hair.
Tail: Moose body hair.
Body: Peacock herl and red floss.
Hackle: Coachman brown dry fly hackle.