Quack Coachman or is it a Royal Wulff?

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Allan
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Re: Quack Coachman or is it a Royal Wulff?

Post by Allan » Sun Dec 15, 2013 8:07 pm

trout,

As I recall, a similar situation occurred with the 'Beaverkill Bastard' pattern that Harry Darbee tied. One of his customers liked the fly but the grizzly wings were getting difficult to see. Darbee replaced those wings with white calf tail hair. Story is that while tyeing the fly his friends little girl asked the name of the fly. They didn't want to mention its name so they asked her what she would call it. She said it looked like a Rat-Face MacDougal! The new name stuck.
So here was another case where necessity, having more durable wings and being able to see them better, was the mother of invention.

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