The Invicta is one of the truly classic English flies and has been a firm favourite of anglers for well over 150 years. The fly was first mentioned by Englishman Mr. James Ogden its creator, in his book, ‘Ogden on Fly Tying’ published in 1879. It is however, believed the fly pre-dates that period by at least 30 - 40 years.
Ogden himself started fishing around 1840 in Derbyshire, before relocating to the Cheltenham area where he continued to establish himself as an accomplished fly fisherman and also set himself up as a ‘Tackle Master’, selling fishing items of high quality. With its striking yellow body, blue jay shoulder hackle and yellow body, it is an easily recognised fly and one easily seen by trout, even if the clarity of water is not gin clear. It is an extremely effective pattern when fished just below the surface on still water, when sedge are about.
Acting as a deceiver of drowned caddis, the Invicta is not based on any specific insect, but by virtue of its wing shape, colour and movement through the water, attracts the attention of hungry trout on the prowl for an easy meal. This fly has a long and proven track record and still catches fish today, sadly though - not by me. I have used it on many occasions over the years but have yet to be truly successful with it. A goal maybe for 2020 – along with many other flies in my box! A close comparison and variant to the Invicta is the Silver Invicta, which is more likely to act as baitfish due to its silver body configuration.
Many different types of pattern exist for the Invicta, but the original dressing required is as follows. It is not a difficult fly to tie and is well within the capability of beginners.
Materials Required • Hook : 10 - 14. • Thread : Black. • Tail : Golden pheasant crest feather. • Body : Waxed yellow seal's fur. • Rib : Fine gold wire. • Hackle : Palmered, red cock. • Wing : Hen pheasant centre tail. • Shoulder hackle : Red cock and blue jay. The Invicta can be found in our collection of Wet Flies