In todays fly tying video I show you how to tie a Royal Coachman Bucktail.  This pattern was taken from the book, The Half-Pounder a Steelhead Trout by Dennis Lee.

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Royal Coachman Bucktail Material List

Thread:  Size 70 Ultra Thread red

Hook:  Dai-Riki #899 Size #6

Tail: Red Hackle

Body: back 3rd peacock, red floss, front 3rd peacock

Hackle:  Pheasant rump patch (brown)

Wing: White Calf-tail

“If I were asked which fly was the most killing at all times and under all circumstances, I should unhesitatingly say the Coachman. I have tried the Coachman noon and night, in bright and in dark days, in roiled and in clear waters, and it was taken more persistently than any other fly I have ever seen.”

A.C. Heffenger of Portsmouth, NH (c.1890)


The above quote was take from this article from Mid Current.  In the short article they talk about how this pattern was created in the 1830’s and its connection to royalty.



I interviewed Dennis Lee on this podcast episode where he discussed his book The Half-Pounder A steelhead Trout.  

The Royal Coachman is one of those patterns where many contemporary anglers ask:  Would I even use this pattern or do I even have it in my box?  It’s a pattern that is just there and at some visceral level seems like it’s one we should take out and cast on occasion just to see.

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