Humpies are way harder to tie than one might think! Randall Kaufman once said that the humpy maybe the most popular dry fly in existence. I always thought that a stimulator would have that distinction but a humpy would be one of the top two. Now tying one can be a real challenge. You would think that a fly pattern with two or three materials would be easy to tie. Think again. Getting the proportions and sizing correct is a real challenge. As AK Best said in one of his books about tying flies in mass production, you have to tie a couple of dozen of the same fly before you get good at that particular pattern.
Well a humpy is tough to tie proportionally properly. The fish love it and it floats like a cork!
Next week Dr. Bill Young is our guest fly tyer. It will be our last session before we take a break for Christmas!
Remember to get signed up for the All Day Phil Rowley Seminar on February 2nd. Several club members have already signed up! Just drop me a note to sign up. (email@example.com)
Hook: Standard dry fly sizes 10-16
Thread: 6/0 colour to match body
Tail: Moose body hair or deer hair or elk hair
Body: Thread or Uni-stretch
Shellback: Deer hair, elk hair, foam or polypropylene
Deer Hair Humpy