Fly Tying Season
into the New Year, winter’s arrived, and a new fly tying season has begun. For both beginner and seasoned fly tyers,
workshops already have started. Although we can learn fly tying from books and videos, most agree that the best and most enjoyable
way is the personal connection that happens at workshops.
Workshops offer a great way to learn from
experienced tyers and to have fun over winter. And another plus - by spring our fly boxes will be topped up and ready for
Local Fly Tying Workshops
Jan. 12, 19, 26 and Feb.2
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: People’s Place Library, Antigonish
Age Group: Under 16 - Equipment
provided and no experience necessary. (There will be a beginner’s session for
adults later in Feb.)
Size: We can handle up to 12 tiers.
Contacts: Nick MacInnis email@example.com or
Dave MacNeil firstname.lastname@example.org
Town Hall, upstairs Community Room
Sundays, 6:30 – 9 pm
Parker Wong, 902-752-3720,
Tools & materials are provided
Nightly fee (to cover materials cost) - Adults
– $3.00, students
Stillwater - River Magic
2 – 4 pm,
Bill Carpan, 902-522-2840, www.rivermagic.ca
are free, materials are provided, bring fly tying tools if you have them, otherwise just bring enthusiasm!
Back in the 1930’s Lee Wulff designed the Grey Wulff as a dry fly for trout. He used bucktail instead of
feathers for wings and tails to increase the durability and floatability of the fly. Later Lee used his fly in larger sizes
for salmon in Newfoundland, and tied it in white for better visibility. This became known as the White Wulff. Today the series
includes the Royal Wulff, Ginger Wulff, Ausable Wulff and other variations.
Most modern versions of these flies use calftail
rather than bucktail. The original White Wulff had a hackle of silver badger cock neck feathers, while today we use cream
or white hackle. Body material and color varies as well. The result is similar; a bushy, high-floating, durable fly that is
easy to see on the water and works well on trout and Atlantic salmon. Late commercial fly tyer Warren Duncan used as many
as 4 hackles for his salmon Wulffs to produce the big high-floaters his customers wanted.
Another variation is tied similarly except with little or no hackle, enabling it to be fished wet. In large sizes
it has become a favourite of local anglers for large and fussy sea trout.
Brandon Lowe of Sheet Harbour uses white
Ice Dub for the body of his White Wulff, adding the sparkle shown in Brandon’s photo.
Brandon’s White Wulff
Mustad 94840 dry fly in sizes 2 - 8
Black or white
White calftail, divided to form 2 wings
Thick and bushy white cock hackle
Black or white
The other Wulff patterns are tied similarly,
using different color schemes.
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