This is a pattern I have been using for some years. It performs nicely when adult insects on the surface outnumbers emergers and nymphs. Body of SL micro-chenille, wings of organza and the hook is TMC 206BL.
I love to tie american classics. The Humpy is a great attractor for all trout. It’s a rough-water fly and works well on faster waters where the trout is in a hurry to decide what to do. According to a definition on Wikipedia the word humpy means a shelter made from branches and bark. It is also an urban slang for a man with lots of muscles. I guess the fly has its name from the hump on its back.
The ones pictured here are tied on TMC 100 sz.14. I also tie it in sz.16. It is not a particularly easy fly to tie,but all the more rewarding. Some thinks it gets better the more worn and torn it gets. The red and the yellow are my favourites, but it can be tied in many different colors.
I don´t think my last post on the Elk Hair Caddis did this fantastic fly justice. Al Troth is the man behind this extremely popular dry fly. Even if I tie this fly in many different versions, I always find the original the best one. It floats very well and is easy to see on the water. This fly should be a staple in all boxes. It is a durable and perfect dry fly for both trout and grayling in most waters around the world.
The Nalle Puh was designed by the finnish architect Simo Lumme in 1969. Lumme is one of the pioneers in scandinavian fly fishing. The name of the fly means Winnie the Pooh in finnish. He designed the fly for the fast flowing rivers of Finland. The style of the wings is meant to mimic the egg laying caddis with its fluttering wings.
Damsels (Libellidae) are a very important part of the trouts menu in all stages. I have been tying the body this way since I read Gary Borger´s “Designing Trout Flies” (1991). This is a version of his Braided Butt Damsel. I use CdC instead of hackle and I add a piece of blue foam to make it lighter and float better. His damsel nymph pattern from the same book is also a great fly. I will come back to the nymph later.
Tie in a small piece of blue closed foam. In this fly I have used organza for the wing, but antron yarn can also do the trick. The next step is to spin the CdC for the abdomen. I like to use Magic Tool for this process.
Burn the end of the braided line a little. This will stop it from sliding of the hook after a few fish.
Use a Pantone to add markings and colour to the braided line. Then push the braided line over the hook. This will make the fly last longer.
I intended to produce a lot of flies for a customer today. Instead I ended up tying these impressions of a damsel and a Long Legs. The trout in my area seems to be more interested in eating the female damsels but when there is a lot of them they feed on both genders. Tying this way makes the flies light and they should give a lifelike impression to the trout. Both species are very important on the trouts menu during hot summer days. Now…back to gold head production!
This one came about one rainy autumn day when I was supposed to tie a bunch of caddis flies for a customer. Sometimes when doing this my mind starts to wander. I ended up with this one. The body is made from burnt micro-chenille, wings of antron yarn and cdc for hackle. It floats like a natural. Oh…how I long for those summer days!