Tying Video – The Mallard & Claret

This weeks fly is another one requested by a longtime follower of Dressed Irons, it is the Mallard & Claret.  This is another old pattern dating back to the 1850’s.  I was not able to find a great deal of information on the history of this fly.  It is mentioned in Ian Whitelaw’s book The History of Fly Fishing in Fifty Flies.  He talks about the Blae and Black which is a member of the Scottish loch trout family of flies.  He mentioned that a similar flies that were popular at the time is the Mallard & Claret. Although probably created for the Scottish lochs and trout fishing it had also become a very popular sea trout fly.  It seems that the Mallard & Claret can catch just about anything.  The body on this fly is made from seals fur.  In this case I used a product from Feather Craft called Real Seal which is made from Harbor seal and Harp seal fur.  If you do not have any real or pseudo seals fur than pretty much any shaggy dubbing in a wine or claret color would suffice.  It can be somewhat slick under the fingers when dubbing it onto the thread.  A little moisture or was on the finger will help in getting a grip on it.  The dubbing is in a Claret color and the wing is made from Bronze Mallard; hence the name.  If you have not used Bronze Mallard before it is similar to use “Mallard Flank” but the feathers are large (it also is a flank feather).  You can match up the left and right to make the wing for the fly or simply cut out a large section and roll/fold it up to make the wing, which is what I showed in the video.   Otherwise, the fly is pretty straight forward in regards to tying.  I used Schlappen for the throat but you could use a rooster hackle.  I have seen where this fly has a wrapped hackle instead of a throat.  Either should work fine.  – Enjoy.


Thread:Uni-Thread 8/0, Black
Tail:Golden Pheasant Tippet
Rib:Oval Tinsel, Gold
Body:Seal Fur, Claret
Throat:Schlappen, Black
Wing:Bronze Mallard
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