|| DESIGNED BY: Jack Horner
HOOK: 900 BL
OVER BODY: Elk or moose
UNDER BODY: Thread, Various colors
White calf (for royal humpies)
HACKLE: Ginger, brown,
TAIL: Elk or moose
| Randall Kaufmann says it all in his Tying Dry
Flies, "arguably the greatest surface fly ever
devised". Some people use it as a stonefly, others as a caddis,
and still others use it to imitate any of a dozen emerging insects.
Whatever people might think it looks like, the trout obviously
consider it food. The humpy takes fish world wide; from British
Columbian steelhead to New Zealand browns to Truckee River rainbows.
It belongs in every flyfishers box. I always tie my humpies
in the "royal" style with a split post of calf body hair as
a wing. This white post keeps the fly visible against deep shadows
and the tight silhouette stands out in the glare. This post
must cock forward at a 45Á angle. Much more of an angle and
the fly falls on its face, less of an angle and the humpy sits
on its haunches. It can be a bit of a hassle to bend the post
after it gets chewed, but hey, it did get chewed didnt it!