Fan Wing Royal Coachman

March 2014

                               Fly Pattern:Fan Wing Royal Coachman 

            Tyer's Name: Bob Coons
            Date: March 3,2014

        Fly Originator and History: "Fan Wing flies were popular in the 1930's, but 
    originated over 100 years ago.  A lot of standard dry fly patterns were tied 
    in Fan Wing style for a decade but over time, the Fan Wing style and fully 
    evolved and eventually died out. Today, you cannot find them in most fly fishing 
    stores anywhere. Many of us fly fishers have not seen one and never fished a 
    Fan Wing fly.  However, they were extremely popular and a very good pattern. 
    They  floated high on the water, are very visible even in low light evening 
    conditions, and required nothing to make them float like the fly treatment we 
    all use today."  ... Bob Coons   

                                How the Fly is Fished
    Suggested line and leader:  Floating line with a tapered leader.
    Suggested retrieve:  Experiment with the retrieve, until you find a pattern that works 
    Depth: On the surface
    Comments: The Fan Wing Coachman is best fished in summer months, July, August, 
    and September for cutthroat and rainbow trout.

                                Fly Material
    Hook:  Dry Fly hook, #8,#10, or #12 
    Thread: Black 8/0 Uni 
    Tail: Golden Pheasant Tippet or Golden Pheasant Flank Feather
    Body: Peacock Herl at the butt and front of the body, with bright red floss in between.
    Hackle: Brown saddle hackle.
    Fan Wing: Mallard Breast Feather.
    Optional: Gold mylar tag at the butt of the fly.
    Comments: The wing is the key to the fly;  it is a sturdy material, has a natural 
    fan-like curved shape, and requires no fly treatment.  The straight feather retains 
    the fan wing shape. 
                                Tying Steps

    1. Tie on a thread base from the eye to the bend.

    2. Tail. The tail should extend about half the length of the hook. Select a dozen 
    or so tippet or flank feathers and tie them in just above the point of the hook. 

    3. Body. Select three strands of peacock herl and tie them just above the point 
    of the hook and wrap them from the bend foreword to a point just above the point 
    of the hook.

    4. Body (Floss). Refer to the photo above to get the correct proportion of floss for 
    your hook size. Tie in 4 strands of red floss in front of the herl. Wrap the floss 
    foreword, forming a tapered shape. 

    5. Tie in three strands of peacock herl in front of the floss and form a "ball" 
    of herl equal to the size of the previous one. 
                             Front view of the Fan Wing Royal Coachman

    6. Wing. The wings will be tied such that concave side of the feathers 
    face outward. Tie in one wing just in front of the peacock herl. Align it, and 
    then tie in the second wing. Do a final alignment of the wings and then secure them.

    7. Select a hackle feather and tie it in behind the wings. Give the hackle about 7 
    or 8 wraps behind the wings, and then about 5 wraps in front.

    8. Wrap a small head, whip finish, and apply a small amount of head cement.  

 Rick Shadforth 10/08/14