Wright's Royal

#1
Hook : Dry fly #10-#16
Abdomen : Rear 1/3 of hook - Peacock herl
Middle 1/3 of hook - Red floss
Wing : Light elk hair
Thorax : Front 1/3 of hook - Peacock herl
Hackle : Dark brown, palmered through the thorax

Wright’s Royal
While he was owner of The Complete Fly Fisher shop in Wise River Montana, Phil Wright developed this attractor for fishing the Big Hole River. It could represent a flying ant, caddis, or many other bugs floating on the surface. When tying this fly, don't make the wing too full and be sure to bind it tightly to the hook to prevent the thorax from becoming too bulky. Palmer the hackle so that the peacock herl shows through. I prefer this fly to the Royal Wulff.
 

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#2
I like the looks of that, I think I'll need to give it a whirl. One question: Do you tie in the wing, then add peacock herl in front of that (And palmer the hackle over the top of the herl)?
 
#3
I like the looks of that, I think I'll need to give it a whirl. One question: Do you tie in the wing, then add peacock herl in front of that (And palmer the hackle over the top of the herl)?

I like to tie in the peacock herl, secure with with half hitch, tie in wing, tie in hackle, finish the peacock herl, palmer in the hackle whip finish the head.

Some variations I've seen. Buck tail wing, or dark elk hair. I like the darker elk hair. But that is my preference.

I've seen this catch fish when the Royal Wulff wasn't getting the job done.

Hope this helps.
 
#8
DSCN0032.JPG I tried to get a good pic of one my own flies but it I just can't seem to get my camera to work right. So I used a photo I found on line of the Wright's Royal. This is a pic of one I tied. Wasn't intending on promoting my fly tying but to promote a very good fly that is over looked.
 

GAT

Dumbfounded
#9
Many moons ago, one of our fishing buddies conducted a stream study for his doctorate in Montana. Someone showed him the pattern and he brought it back here. We always considered it a Royal Caddis and never did know the actual name of the pattern. We do know it works in rivers and used it with good success right up to the time that we switched to stillwaters.
 
#11
Very nice fly, Keith. My old eyes fail me, but it would appear that the original picture does not have a tail but the variant in Scott's picture obviously does. Is that correct?
 

GAT

Dumbfounded
#14
Very nice fly, Keith. My old eyes fail me, but it would appear that the original picture does not have a tail but the variant in Scott's picture obviously does. Is that correct?
The one we used had no tail. It was basically tied in a Fluttering Caddis style with a Royal Coachman body.
 
#15
Very nice fly, Keith. My old eyes fail me, but it would appear that the original picture does not have a tail but the variant in Scott's picture obviously does. Is that correct?
The original is tied without a tail. I usually tie it without a tail. I have seen it tied with a tail and it works just as well. I have some tied with tails but most of mine are tied without. I have use the Royal Wulff and still have a few in my box, but I believe this to be an overall better for an attractor fly than the Royal Wulff. Just wanting to let others know of the options. If you go to a fly shop in Montana they carry Wright's Royal, but not so much here in the Northwest.