Size: #8, #10, #12, #14, #16, #18
Just like a Parachute Adams, if this fly is not in your fly box then you’re doing it wrong! The Royal Wulff is a classic western dry fly pattern. With enough floatation and split-wing visibility to make it a perfect choice for choppy water like we get on the Smith and Blackfoot Rivers. Although this fly is simply an attractor dry fly and the Missouri River is known more for more realistic patterns, we do use those effectively on the MO -especially in the smaller, #16 and #18 sizes. (Try an #18 Royal Wulff during a heavy Trico Spinner fall as a cluster pattern!)
We kid around and say that the Royal Wulff is the adult stage of the Prince Nymph!! In actuality, this attractor dry fly is the bushier version of the more delicately dressed, Royal Coachman. The fly fishing master, Lee Wulff, wanted a fly that would be buoyant enough for the rifflie and rough waters of the West.
This Royal Wulff, along with any dry fly, works best when you dunk it in our liquid Jet Fuel Fly Floatant. Don’t forget to order a bottle when you order your Royal Wulff!
We recommend using a longer, thinner leader when fishing the smaller #18, especially on rivers like the Missouri. (Use a 12′ Leader in 5X or start with a 9′ Leader and add some 5X Tippet on the end of that leader.) If you’re using the larger sizes (#8 to #14) on smaller water or freestone streams (like the Blackfoot and Smith), use a shorter leader with a heavier tippet. (Say, 7.5′ Leader in 3X or 4X.) Fishing a size #16, then I would use a 9′ 4X or 5X leader.
Note- There may be slight variations from the photos as we have several tiers and slight differences in dye batches in the materials. But not to worry, all of them are fish catching morsels! Also, not all colors are available in all sizes.