The Wet Winged Woodcock & Yellow is probably one of the best known and widely recognised of the Woodcock styles, of which there are many. The fly is extremely popular with Scottish fishermen for sea trout during their night-time forays and has been around for a least a hundred years. For anglers closer to home in England, it is also a good fly to use for brownies during those long summer evenings when the fish may need a little more encouragement. Its dull yellow body, orange tippets and wings provide a tempting combination for any hungry trout on the prowl, and will often bring positive results when all else has failed. Representing caddis and sedge, the fly is extremely effective at sub surface level where trout will forage along the bottom for food.
When fishing this fly, cast the line across the surface and slightly down current, allowing the fly to be taken with the current and rise gently on the tightening line, this action imitates the rising pupae and nymphs and this is what the trout are always on the lookout for. On the retrieve, gently lift the fly to a mid-depth level, and using a figure of 8 or long draw, recover the line – allowing a second or two between each pull. Again, this is where nymphs and pupae rise to the surface and trout will be watching for food at this level. Should you be fortunate enough to see a trout, cast in front of him and twitch the line a few times, the movement will attract and/or annoy the fish and will hopefully bring a positive response.
Materials required to tie the Woodcock & Yellow
The fly can be tied with a range of hook sizes, preferably 10 – 14 and is one of the easier flies to tie, consisting of woodcock slip wings, yellow wool or seal fur body, oval gold or silver tinsel, golden pheasant tippets and a brown hen hackle. The Woodcock & Yellow is a must for every fly box throughout the whole of the U.K.
The ‘Woodcock & Yellow’ is featured in our Framed Collection of Wet Flies.