FLY OF THE MONTH- November 2017
FLY OF THE MONTH
The Hairwing Coachman
(courtesy of Peter Leuver)
Years ago, when I was living in Warrnambool, I purchased a copy of John Turnbull’s book, A Fly on the Stream, and came across this pattern. It looked interesting and reasonably straightforward to tie, so I tied some up and used the pattern to great effect on the rivers around Warrnambool.
When I moved back to Melbourne in 1984 and started fishing the rivers around Thornton I discovered that it worked rather well there too. This fly is not hard to tie, and it’s well worth putting a few together and trying them on an evening when the caddis are about.
I didn’t have time to tie some of these up and photograph them, so have used a photo I had scanned from Peter Leuver’s fabulous Australian fly tying classic, Fur & Feather, some years ago. I sincerely hope Peter doesn’t mind.
Hook: Dry fly hook in sizes 16 – 20, preferably size 18
Thread: Black 8/0
Tail: Golden pheasant tippets
Body: Peacock herl
Wings: Small bunch of white bucktail tied crosswise and trimmed
Hackle: Furnace or Brown cock hackle (two turns only as a weed guard)
- Wind thread along the shank and tie in a small bunch of tippets for the tail.
- Tie in one or two peacock herl feathers and wind them forward along the shank to build up a nice fat body, but finishing so that there is plenty of room behind the eye for the bucktail wing.
- Take a small bunch of white bucktail and place it horizontally across the shank behind the eye and in front of where the peacock herl body finishes.
- Secure the buck tail wing by tying a few strong figure of eight turns to hold it in place. A tiny drop of superglue on the knot will also help keep things secure.
- Trim the two ends of the tail so that the wing is even and its length is about equal to the length of the hook shank.
- Tie in the hackle feather in front of the wing, and then make two turns.
- Tie off the hackle feather and whip finish to complete the fly.