Fly of the Month, Royal Coachman Dry

Royal Coachman


No fly better represents this freewheeling era [late 19th century] in fly tying than the Royal Coachman, which among the general public may be the world's best-known fly. Its name has the right combination of romance and class to appeal even to people who don't fish, and the fly has such a commanding appearance that few fly fisherman can resist having some permutation of the pattern in their fly boxes, even if they never use it. Most of them don't know it, but the Royal Coachman is the first great American fly pattern...
Paul Schullery

Probably the most familiar Brook Trout fly pattern there is. Originally designed as a Coachman imitation, the red floss was wrapped around the body to make the fly more durable against the teeth of Maine brook trout. First designed in 1878 by John Hailey and named by L. C. Orvis, the brother of Orvis founder Charles F. Orvis. A true bit of angling history.

As show, this Orvis tying is winged with polypropylene yarn making this fly exceptionally more durable than Duck Quill Wings. This is Steve Salkow's (webmaster) favorite fly.

Fly Tying for Beginners a Royal Coachman with Jim Misiura, Video show Calf Tail, but polypropylene yarn could be used in a similar fashion.

Pattern Name: Royal Coachman, Dry, Poly Winged
Hook: Standard Dry fly size 10-20, (I prefer Tiemco TMC100BL, is 1XF, and barbless)
Thread: Black 6/0 or 8/0
Body: Peacock herl, red polypropylene yarn**, peacock herl
Tail: Golden pheasant tips
Hackle: Coachman brown
Wing: White polypropylene yarn

The fine red polypropylene yarn is sold by
**This fine poly is excellent for tying very small flies, down to size 28 as the material is elastic and lighter than water. You may substitute floss but floss changes to a darker color when wet and holds water making it harder to float once wet.

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