Alexandra trout fly
Time of the day: All
Conditions: All Conditions
Alexandra is a fly that is a good attractor pattern and it is usually used as a secret weapon when all other flies fail.
History: The fly Alexandra, or "Lady of the Lake" as it is also called, was tied somewhere around 1860. It was re-named in honor of Princess Alexandra.
Information about the pattern: Originally alexandra pattern was a lake fly but during recent years it has been extremely successful also as a river pattern. It has proven to be good for sea trout, rainbows, lake trout, arctic char and salmon. Alexandra doesn’t imitate nothing in the nature, is mainly an attractor pattern that should tempt the fish to take the fly only out of curiosity. There are two main areas of wet-fly fishing. Firstly, there are the wild rain-fed rivers and streams where it is difficult to see a fish rise let alone see a minute dry fly on the surface. On such waters, wet flies are used almost exclusively upstream and down, as necessity or terrain dictates. The second main area of wet-fly fishing is on until waters like lakes, lochs and reservoirs, where the angler uses a team of wet flies just below the surface
Hook: Wet fly hook #6 - # 12
Thread: Black 6/0 or 8/0
Tail: Red ibis (short) or other red feather substitute
Body: Silver Tinsel
Ribbing: Fine oval tinsel
Wing: Peacock sword
Cheeks: Red ibis or other red feather substitute
How to fish: Alexandra is a pattern which appears to benefit from being fished in a certain way. Obviously it does not imitate a 'fly', but it could very well be taken for a minnow or a beetle. For this reason it should be worked in what might be described as dance time - slow, slow, quick-quick, slow!
Varying the pace of line recovery so that the fly darts and hesitates as a minnow or beetle might behave in the water. Keep it changing course so that the flashiness may be seen to the best advantage by the fish.
Fish the Alexandra deep-sunk (perhaps on a full sinking line) on wild, windy days when the fish are taking the fly well below the surface. When fished under the surface it should be retrieved slowly using a 'Figure-of-Eight' manipulation of the line in the hand. A floating or intermediate line can be used to retrieve the Alexandra