I’ve also been looking at my fly boxes and replenishing. I know which flies have succeeded when they’re missing. The duds remain numerous in the fly boxes.
One thing I noticed: Wet flies really work.
I’ve written much about them, as I last year focused on wets (our wet-fly “how-to” guide on rigs, techniques and flies is here).
For wet flies, it’s tough to beat the Mighty Midge or a #20 CDC Soft Hackle (among my best Confidence Flies). But, many times, each of those flies works even better with an attractor-style wet teamed up with it.
Enter the Flymph.
This is a style of fly discussed thoroughly in Dave Hughes’ incredible book, Wet Flies. The fly is neither a nymph or a wet. It’s both.
My favorite is the March Brown Flymph. It’s easy to tie and suggests an emerging Caddis.
I fish a size 14 in the spring when the big bugs are out. I’ll move down to size 18 as the summer progresses.
The tying key, according to Hughes, is a light “touch dubbed” body of Hare’s Ear dubbing; some wisps of loose fibers is more than enough. When wet, the fly’s orange under-body should peek through. Also, I prefer a sparse hackle.
This fly has done well for me.
Materials list and product links are below (we give away 100% of our profits to Project Healing Waters and Casting for Recovery):
- Hook: Down-eye, sizes 14 to 18, 2x heavy (here)
- Thread: UTC, 70 denier, fluorescent fire orange (here)
- Body: Hare’s Ear dubbing, tan (here)
- Tail: Pheasant tail fibers, natural color (here)
- Hackle: India hen, natural color (here)
I’d love to see TEN beat KC and make it to the Super Bowl. Good going so far for Mike Vrabel….