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Fly Tying The Humpy

by Charlie Craven   |  August 20th, 2013 0


Fly Tying The Humpy step-by-steps and video with expert tier Charlie Craven.

Humpy Recipe:

Hook: TMC 100SPBL #8-18
Thread: UTC 70 Denier, color of choice
Tail: Moose Hock
Wings/Body Hump: Yearling Elk Hair
Underbody: Tying Thread
Hackle: Brown and Grizzly Rooster Hackle

Fly Tying The Humpy


There are few flies that strike fear into the hearts of fly tiers like the Humpy. Popularized by Jack Dennis and his Western Trout Fly Tying Manual, the Humpy is the quintessential Western attractor dry but has a reputation for being difficult to tie.

The original, complicated tying process used the same hank of elk hair for the hump and the wing and left little room for error. Because of its inherent trickiness, the Humpy is frequently a fly that gets bought rather than tied, and as a result has fallen somewhat by the wayside with some anglers.

The Humpy, however, is still firmly in my top five favorite dry flies. I especially love it when I’m raking in so many fish people ask: “What are you using?” They often expect some technical answer about a half-spent CDC stuck-in-the-shuck crippled emerging Baetasaurus rex. When I answer “a Humpy” they seem to think I’m lying!

Lack of respect from match-the-hatch fly fishers probably owes to the fact that the complicated hair wings and folded elk hair hump do little to mimic the shape of any single natural bug. Its bushy silhouette is often frowned upon these days as too chunky or bulky to fool picky fish.

Well, I am here to tell you that this just ain’t true. I have caught many large trout from some of Colorado’s most technical waters using a Humpy as a fly finder along with a smaller, more realistic pattern.

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