Back in my early days of tying flies, the Humpy was one of the dry fly patterns I loved to tie. Not only is the easy to keep afloat, but it is also easy to modify into some interesting variations. Lance Dean’s fluorescent pink version is definitely something you won’t miss in the riffles.
One of my favorite variations of the Humpy is the Royal Humpy. The body is tied with a band of red floss between peacock herl. Another variation I enjoy is using a strip of 2mm closed cell foam for the shellback. What variations have you tied? Let me know in the comments.
Humpy fly pattern recipe
Hook: TCM 100 size 14
Thread: UTC 140 Fl. Pink
Tail: Moose body hair
Wing: Yearling elk hair
Shell: Yearling elk hair
Underbody: UTC 140 Fl. Pink
Hackle: Grizzly and brown (or Cree) saddle hackle
Head: Thread w/ cement
Youtube Channel: Fishbait’s Fly Box
Video Link: Tying the Humpy Dry Fly
The CDC Budding Beatis Emerger is the perfect little parachute dry fly to float down a narrow trout stream this spring. The fly is a little more advance for a beginner fly, but that shouldn’t dissuade you from giving it a try. The fly uses a stripped peacock herl for the abdomen. You can make these easily by either putting the herl sit in a bleach solution for a couple minutes, or using a finger or an eraser to strip away the fibers (see video below). The second hitch will be the dubbing loop and the block. If you have a set of the Marc Petitjean Magic Tools, you are golden, but you can also improvise some of your own tools with a chip clip (or a bulldog clip) and some sticky backed foam.
CDC Budding Beatis Emerger Fly Pattern Recipe
Hook: Fine Wire Scud #16 – #20
Thread: Olive 16/0
Abdomen: Stripped Peacock Herl
Thorax: Olive Dubbing
Wingpost: White Foam
Hackle: Slate Grey CDC
Be sure to check out this and other videos on Jim Misiura’s Youtube page.
I can think back to when I first started tying flies, and I remember with a lot of fondness, tying up Stimulators for use on the local lakes. The flies were nice and substantial, piling up quickly on the bench. Even on the water, the flies performed quite well, but with new materials, comes new ways to seat them onto a hook. The Foamulator is a fully loaded take on the classic Stimulator pattern used to imitate stoneflies and salmonflies. The fly includes a strip of foam into the design, a hi-vis indicator in the wing, and some action imbuing rubber legs. The densely wrapped hackle and foam should keep this fly floating high for hours. The video shows the GoldenStone version of the fly being tied, but it can be tied in a number of colors to match the naturals.
Via: In The Riffle on Youtube
Foamulator Fly Tying Recipe
Hook: #04-10 Tiemco 5212
Thread: Orange Veevus 14/0
Tail: Golden Brown Dyed Deer Body Hair
Back: Gold 2mm Thin Foam
Rear Body: Golden Brown Ice Dubbing
Rear Body Hackle: Brown Whiting High and Dry Rooster Cape
Flash: Pearl Krystal Flash
Underwing: Yellow Web Wing
Overwing 1: Golden Brown Dyed Deer Body Hair
Overwing 2: White McFlylon or Poly Yarn
Legs: Yellow Medium Grizzly Barred Rubber Legs
Head: UV Red Ice Dubbing
Head Hackle: Grizzly Whiting High and Dry Rooster Cape
You can find In The Riffle via: InTheRiffle.com,
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