Lures From New Zealand: Part II
The Killer Style



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Flies With a Story #70

Other readings:
Lures From New Zealand: An Introduction

Lures From New Zealand: Part I
Lures From New Zealand: Part III
Lures From New Zealand: Part IV
 

The Killer Style, story and flies by John Nicholls

The Killer style has been a proven fish taker for over 70 years.  The first was probably Lord's Killer, made from a black squirrel tail and a body of woodcock feathers and which came out in the early 1930's. Tying any of the Killer patterns takes a bit of practice to get the wings just right.  They must be level and straight along the body; otherwise the fly can twist in the water. The cupped sides of the two feathers (one per side) face inward.

Though the two samples below are tied with wings of mallard feathers, other body feathers used in Killer style flies include Pukeko, Pheasant, Grouse, Woodduck, Partidge and French partridge. 

Two patterns, recipes, pictures and history follow:


Hamill's Killer -- This fly originally had a yellow or red wool under-body.  Many see no need for that as you cannot see the body under the wing in any event.  If one wanted to be true to the original and have a red or yellow body, it must be tied thin.  The original also had mid olive green dyed partridge instead of mallard.  One of a series of Killer style lures, this is one of the best, particularly in still waters where it is fished slow over weed beds.  Probably taken as a dragonfly larvae.

Hamill's Killer


Photo by Peter Frailey


Hook: Wet fly hook, size 2 to size 8
Thread: Black
Tail: Golden Pheasant tippets over black squirrel tail
Wing: Mallard died olive, tied as shown (Killer style)

Mallard Killer -- A lighter version of the Hamill's but effective nevertheless.  Other body feathers used in Killer style flies include Pukeko, Pheasant, Grouse, Woodduck, Partidge and French partridge. 

 

Mallard Killer

 Photo by Peter Frailey


Hook: Wet fly hook, size 2 to size 8
Thread: Black
Tail: Squirrel tail, natural gray or black
Wing: Mallard tied as shown (Killer style)

 

 

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