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Branchu



Jean Guy Côte's beautiful fly for cold water salmonids in a slight Joergensen conversion



By Martin Joergensen

  
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A beauty - The Branchu is an excellent example of beauty in simplicity.
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Wood Duck wing - The wing is a hallmark of the Branchu  - and the reason for its name.
Wood Duck wing
 
Branchu is the Québecois word for wood duck, and a very suitable name for this fly with its characteristic wood duck wing.

I first stumbled over this fly in an article by Paul Marriner in the magazine Fly Tyer. I immediately fell for its simple beauty and perfect winter fly colours. I tied up a few very close to the style that were tied up for the article. Quite a beefy fly with a good body volume. Côte's fly also bore a couple of Jungle Cock eyes. None of mine ever did that, not even the first ones.

The original was made for trolling large lakes, but I wanted a fly, which was more in the tradition of my usual sea trout streamers meant for casting. These are slimmer and typically have more swept back wings and hackles. I need the flies to be able to sink down to fishing depth themselves. Very fluffy flies have troubles sinking quickly enough for my type of fishing.
Well, the conversion wasn't that difficult. I basically just removed a bit of the body material and wound the rest on a bit more tightly. I also replaced the original seal's fur with Scintilla. Not out of political correctness, but more because I had plenty Scintilla and not so much seal's fur.

I also switched the prescribed Partridge CS42 Bomber hook with a straighter Kamasan B800 streamer hook. Again to get a more elongated fly.

I have been vary pleased with the result, which in my eyes has kept the beauty of the original, which is mainly in the colours, but still adheres very well to the style of fly that I want for my sea trout fishing.

I haven't fished the fly lately, but hauled it out of its storage because this winter seems to become a very mild and productive one. I used to have the fly in my winter box, and probably will again. Winter sea trout can be difficult to entice, but this fly can do the magic.

Branchu
TypeStreamer
Originator
Jean Guy Côte
Tied by
Martin Joergensen
Difficulty
Easy
Target species
Arctic char
Atlantic salmon (sea run)
Brook trout
Brown trout
Sea trout (sea run)
Steelhead (sea run)

Materials
HookKamasan B800, size 4-2
Tying threadOrange 6/0
TailGolden Pheasant tippet
BodyOrange dubbing - seal's fur or Scintilla
WingWood Duck flank - yellow or natural. Mallard is a possible alternative
HackleFurnace or cree
HeadTying thread

Tying instructions

  1. Tie in a small bunch of tippet as a tail, about half shank length or a little less
  2. Dub the body to a slender, cylindrical shape
  3. Taper it down in front. Leave room for wing and hackle
  4. Tie in a small bunch of wood duck as a wing, length as the body
  5. Tie in a hen hackle, shiny side forwards
  6. Turn the hackle wet fly style and make shure it lies rather flat
  7. Trim the hackle stem
  8. Form a small head
  9. Whip finish and varnish
Materials
HookKamasan B800, size 4-2
Tying threadOrange 6/0
TailGolden Pheasant tippet
BodyOrange dubbing - seal's fur or Scintilla
WingWood Duck flank - yellow or natural. Mallard is a possible alternative
HackleFurnace or cree
HeadTying thread

Tying instructions
  1. Tie in a small bunch of tippet as a tail, about half shank length or a little less
  2. Dub the body to a slender, cylindrical shape
  3. Taper it down in front. Leave room for wing and hackle
  4. Tie in a small bunch of wood duck as a wing, length as the body
  5. Tie in a hen hackle, shiny side forwards
  6. Turn the hackle wet fly style and make shure it lies rather flat
  7. Trim the hackle stem
  8. Form a small head
  9. Whip finish and varnish



User comments
From: Dave McFall · grumpy_flyfisher·at·hotmail.com  Link
Submitted October 9th 2005

The Branchu as tied by Jean Guy Cote incorporated a jungle cock nail split in two and placed 1/2 on either side of the body. See Stewart and Allen Trout Flies for one tied by JGC.

Thanks for the site I really appreciate it.



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