Well, with the Saturday morning forecast anticipating 11 °F, I’ve decided to pass on fishing. Instead, I’ve been making streamers for my trip to Arkansas’ White River for big browns (three recent streamers posted on our Instagram page here).
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….