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Part Two hundred-nine
Royal Coachman, Fan Wing
Compiled by James Birkholm
Archive of Old Flies
The Fan-wing Royal Coachman may be one of the most popular
flies ever not fished. Beginners always buy it because it
is so colorful, but it is rarely fished. Some consider
it to be an imitation for the Isonychia bicolor imago or dun.
Including it in this section does however complete the
history of this particular fly.
Previously we have shown here in Old Flies both the dry
and wet version of the Royal Coachmen. (You will find both
in the Archives.)
The latest version of the Royal Coachman may well be
Lee Wulff's Royal Wulff, which utilizes many of the
segments of this fly.
Credits: Color photo and recipe from Forgotten Flies
published by The Complete Sportsman.
Recipe, Fan Wing Royal Coachman
Hook: #10 and #12 down eye reversed.
as tied by Preston Jennings
Tail: Brown cock's hackle.
Body: Peacock herl, with center portion of
dark red floss.
Wing: Mandarin breast feather, set upright.
Hackle: Brown cock's hackle.
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