How to Tie a Coch y Bonddu Dry Fly Variation
“This is a wonderful pattern of Welsh origin. Its name translates to “red and black” and was used to imitate a common terrestrial pattern they had over there. Here in New Zealand I use it for a similar purpose and believe it is a great representation for many of the beetles and terrestrials we have here. I particularly enjoy fishing it on a little stream near Wellington which has a lot of long grass overhanging it. For those who have the joy of fishing to trout feeding on manuka beetles this is great addition to your fly box. That being said you can the silhouette of this pattern will work great anywhere small terrestrials are landing on the water from grass beetles to blow flies.
This is also a great fly for those who are new to fly tying to have a crack at when they are starting to look at dry flies. With no wings it allows you to start getting a feel for wrapping hackle and building the bodies on them. It is a good start as well before moving onto other classing like the Royal Wulff.”