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Tup's Indispensable Fly

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About the Tup's Indispensable Trout Fly

R S Austin created this excellent pattern in 1900, since that date it has become an indispensable fixture in flyboxes world wide.
Good pattern when pale midge or mayflies are on the water; may also represent light colored mayfly, the pale watery or small spurwing female spinners.
It works just as well on gentle waters as on the rough and tumble of mountain stream.

Expert Tip:

G E M Skues christend the pattern "Tup's" on learning the secret of the dressing from R S Austin

Creator of this trout fly: R S Austin

Tier of this trout fly: Mandy Shelvey

Country of origin for this trout fly: England

This trout fly is designed to be fished on Rivers & Streams


  • Hook :
  • Thread : Yellow silk
  • Tail : Honey Dun or bright blue spade feather hackle fibre
  • Body : A dubbing mixture of Ramm's wool,cream coloured seal's fur, lemon spaniel's fur and a few pinches of yellow mohair
  • Hackle : Honey dun cock hackle

The Ram's wool originally used came from the scrotum region of the Tup (ancient name for a Ram) Modern tyings usually use a special tup's dyed wool or seal's fur , as an alternative Another dressing as suggested by Austin and Skues is the hackle used a blue hackle of a lighter colour and freckled thickly with gold - as originaly quoted by Skues to A Courtney Williams to whom we are all grateful for sharing the knowledge with us fly fishermen.

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