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Thursday, 16 July 2020

Tying a Small Humpy (Dry Fly) with Davie McPhail

A challenging yet, fun fly to tie, is the Humpy. The reason this fly is mostly bought, rather than tied, is the unusual tying method for the "hump" of the fly. Don't let this deter you from trying, because as soon as you nail it, you'll be tying one of the most popular dry flies out there. The Humpy is an excellent attractor in various sizes and many have great luck when the water is a little rough. Because of its large, buggy profile, you can spot this on rough water and so can the Trout! These flies are mostly tied in Yellow or Red and some go as far as tying "royal" patterns of this fly. For the days when the wind has picked up and the water has started to rough up, you'll be ready with a few Humpy variants in your fly box.

All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre as listed below, but as always, if you need any help finding materials or substitutes then we'll be happy to help. Time to tie the Claret Bob's Bits, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.




Materials Used:
Hook: Fulling Mill Ultimate Dry size 20 Thread: Uni-8/0 Red Tail: Black Cock Fibres Body: Red Thread Hump and Wing: Light Coloured Elk or Coastal Deer Hair Hackle: Coachman Brown Cock

Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of Varnish, which he applied to the thread after completing the fly.

Davie's preferred type of whip finish tool can be found HERE!

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