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THE BLACK WARRYN
     - by Warryn Germon

The fly that won its place by reputation

The Black Warryn

Hook:  Mustad C49S or Kamasan B100 #18 to #12
Abdomen :  5/6 Goose shoulder feather herls twisted and wound
Ribbing:  Fine silver wire cross wound
Thorax:  Lightly dubbed hare’s fur over, wound with short dark peacock herl
Wing-post:  Black Float-Vis
Hackle:  Black Whiting Farms saddle hackle.

This fly was originally tied by me to fish the tailing fish in Tasmania’s lakes.  I wanted a surface fly which had a good silhouette both above and below the water so that it could be easily seen by fish and myself in the fading light of dusk.
 
There were a number of prototypes tried in the development of the fly but they all had things in common; tied on a caddis grub hook, a black wing post and a dyed black hare’s fur body.
 
The pattern I finally settled on had a curved body of five or six strands of dyed black goose herl twisted into a rope and wound, then cross-wound with fine silver wire for the abdomen.  This gave a more definite silhouette than fur and may well be taken for a waterlogged beetle.
 
I added a little dubbed fur for the thorax which was over-wound with shortish dark peacock herl.  This was topped by a black Float Vis wing post wound with a black parachute hackle.
 
It certainly worked on tailing fish on the occasions I used it over a few years and the smaller sizes of 16, 18 and occasionally 14 accounted for a few ‘smutting’ fish for me in places like Penstock Lagoon and also midge feeders in the Western lakes.
 
I tied this fly and gave it to some of my friends to try on tailing fish when in Tasmania.  They began to use it for other occasions and found that at times the fish, particularly in Brumbies Creek, would prefer this fly to any other and my flies would be distributed among the group as Black Warryn’s and the name became entrenched.  I always intended to call it something like The Warrior or the All Black. 
 
The fly went on to being used to cast to sighted fish in other lakes and also to fish many lowland streams to good effect.  I had failed to realise its potential.
 
Why is it such a successful and versatile fly?  I know it has caught midge feeders and used successfully in Caenid hatches even though I don’t think it is a good representation.  It may well pass for a small beetle or a spent black spinner.
          
The glowing reports and the constant demand for the fly tell me that it has got that certain something which makes it a fly to have in the box for many occasions, not just for the dusk tailers I developed it for.  Now a number of people tie this versatile pattern and use it to good effect; a good fly.

Fly tied by Warryn
Pic Mick
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