The Hair-wing Royal Coachman is sometimes
referred to as the Wulff Royal Coachman, or
the Royal Wulff. Lee Wulff did not create
the Hair-wing Royal Coachman and had no influence
in its creation. Lee created the Gray Wulff and
White Wulff during his stay in the Adirondacks
A member of the Beaverkill Trout Club, located
in the Catskills, created the The Hair-wing Royal
Coachman in 1930. The two Wulff dry flies and the
Hair-wing Royal Coachman just happened by coincidence
at the same time and near each other.
As a matter of record, the Hair-wing Royal Coachman
was created by Q. L. Quackenbush, one of the early
members of the Beaverkill Trout Club above Lew Beach,
NY. Q. L. loved the fan-winged
but the fly's wings were very fragile.
Q. L. Quackenbush asked Reuben Cross of Neversink,
New York to dress some Royal Coachmen using a
substitute for the fragile white mandarin (duck) fan
wings. Ruben asked his supplier for any part of an
animal with stiff, kinky, white hair. All the
supplier could find was some impala tails, that
exactly suited the task.
Originally the members of the Beaverkill Trout Club
called the fly The Quack Coachman, for it was created
and tied for Q. L., better known to his friends as
The Quack Coachman is a very effective fly on the
water and is a must for any dry fly box. I find
the fly is best tied in larger sizes of 8, 10, and
12. Anything smaller than a 12 is hard to tie and
rates a Level 5 difficulty rating, using my PPP
(Parnelli's Pain in the Posterior) Index Scale.
The Quack Coachman is tied:
Credits: from Fly Patterns and Their Origins by
Harold Hinsdill Smedley 1942, from Trout by
Ernest Schwieber, 1978, from The Practical Fly Fisherman
by A. J. McClane, 1953; an last by not least, Reed F. Curry's
article "The Curious History of the Quack Coachman."
Hook: TMC 100, sizes 8, 10,12.
Thread: Black, Pearsall's Gossamer Silk.
Wing: White Calf-tail, split and posted.
Tail: Coachman Brown Barbs, or Golden Pheasant
Body: Peacock Herl, with center portion using
Red Pearsall's Gossamer Silk.
Hackle: Coachman Brown, Rooster Cape.