Certain color schemes are attractive to salmonids & many of these are well-known & rote. Some color preferences may be confined to a watershed, while others seem to have universal appeal. There’s good reason for the longevity of the Royal Coachman & Professor, as there is strong mojo contained within the color combinations of these two antique fly patterns. They are both responsible for the deaths of more trout than tongues can tell. The originals were tied with the hackle bearded beneath the hook shank, in the English style, but also tied in-the-round, hackle ahead of the wing, in what we used to call ‘western style’.
The Professor originated in
, created by Professor John Wilson in 1820. By the mid-1800’s it had migrated to Scotland New England where it became a hugely popular pattern for brook trout & landlocked salmon. My version is modified, the mallard flank wing omitted & mallard flank wound as hackle; I added a short thorax of sulphur-yellow dubbing; & brown pheasant rump instead of brown hen.
|Royal Coachman tied by Steven Bird|
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