This little CDC Bubble Wing Caenis tied by Davie is a magical little dry/emerger fly pattern. The bubble wing is constructed with loops of CDC and this pattern will really float high. The Canis is tied using high contrasting white and natural gray CDC which should help keep it visible in a variety of lighting conditions. This style looks promising, and I’ll be tying a few versions for this week’s trout opener.
Bubble Wing Caenis fly pattern recipe
Hook: Fulling Mill All-Purpose Medium size 16
Thread: White Giorgio Beneccchi
Tail: Light Speckled Coq de Leon Fibres
Body: White CDC Feather
Wing: Two Natural Grey CDC Feathers
Thorax: White CDC Dubbing
Andre Puyan’s Loop Wing dry fly pattern is one that stands out from most with a unique looped wing post. While at first glance it may look like the loop is constructed from hackle, it is, in fact, a section of teal feather fibers. Andre Puyans a well-known and respected fly tyer and angler and is credited with fly patterns such as the A.P. Nymph series and the Loop Wing dry fly series. Davie does an incredible job tying this signature pattern.
Andre Puyans’ Loop Wing dry fly pattern recipe
Hook: Fulling Mill Ultimate Dry Fly size 14
Thread: Uni-8/0 Yellow
Tail: Light Speckled Coq de Leon
Body: Blue and Yellow Macaw or Pheasant Tail
Hackle: Grizzle Cock Saddle
Wing: Teal Fibres
Andy started his fly fishing life in the East, tying flies at the age of nine and eventually under the watchful eye of fly tying legends Darbees, Dettes, Art Flick and Ray Bergman. Andy eventually made his way to California to run the Abercrombie and Fitch office in San Francisco in 1958. He was also a founder …
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