Royal Wulff

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Royal Wulff
Artificial fly
Royal Wulff
Type Dry Fly
Imitates Attractor
Creator L.Q. Quackenbush
Created 1929

The Royal Wulff is a dry fly that is related to the British Coachman.


Lee Wulff did not create the Royal Wulff. He created the Gray and White Wulff during his stay in the Adirondacks during the 1929. Q L Quackenbush, one of the early members of the Beaverkill Trout Club above Lew Beach in NY state, is credited with designing the Royal Coachman hair wing dry fly.[1]

He liked the fanwinged Royal Coachman but found the wings too flimsy and fragile. He asked tyer Reuben Cross of Neversink, New York to dress a Royal Coachman with a more robust wing. Reuben asked his suppliers to send him suitable material that was stiff, white and kinky. They sent him Impala tails that were ideal for the task.

It was originally given the name of the Quack Coachman by members of the Beaverkill Trout Club. It looked very similar to the more popular Wulff dry flies and gradually became known as the Royal Wulff.


The Royal Wulff is a dry fly that was created for rivers in New York in the Adirondacks. It consists of a body of red floss and peacock herl, a tail of moose hair and/or golden pheasant, brown hackle, and a white calf tail wing. Sizes commonly vary from 10 to 14, although it may be tied smaller or larger.


External Sources[edit]

Weidknech, Paul. “No-Hatch Fly Patterns.” Outdoor Life; May 2008, Vol. 215 Issue 5, pFB4-FB5, 2p, 2 Color Photographs. Accessed November 20, 2011.