Published Dec 18. 2006

Goosewing Coachman?

Hey - why not?

There are few flies more attractive than a Royal Coachman. The thing is, I don't think the quill slip wings are worth the bother, because all the fuss that goes into making them look perfect at the vise is quickly shot to Hell after a couple casts.

The Royal Wulff is far more popular than the Royal Coachman these days, with its heavy hackle and calftail wings. I like it, too, but calftail can be cranky to work with, creates quite a bit of bulk at the tie-in point, and is sorta heavy.

Enter the goose. A few years ago - several in fact - a friend of mine gave me the frozen corpse of a Canadian Goose that he shot during hunting season. I plucked a ton of feathers, including quite a few of the white breast and belly feathers. I dug them out today and the Goosewing Coachman was born.

The intent is to retain the messy appearance of the calf hair, but with the neat tie-in of the quill. The goose allows a sparser, more delicate tie, which might not be great for some pounding white water, but should be ok on a little mountain brook.

It ain't perfect, but I like it.


Great fly!! What did you use for the tail?? Moose tail?

Hey Bob!

Nice trick, which I suspect arised when you were tying the smaller sizes? I vert rarely fish this fly, but I enjoy tying it, and always have 1 or 2 in the box. For size 12 and smaller, I've always used Calf Body Hair, which is much finer than tail, but still produces more bulk than goose.

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