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Friday, January 9, 2015

YSF Humpy

YSF (YellowStoneFly) Humpy - Classically tied with yellow dubbing, but you can use any color you want and they ALL work! Purple is used here for illustration purposes (photographs better). I personally find yellow, orange and golden (like the stonefly) tend to work the best. What I have done here is basically simplify the tying of this fairly difficult fly pattern. This one is tied with a parachute hackle, which is my personal preference. It is much easier to tie as illustrated here than by using  the conventional method. Try it, works GREAT and floats like a dream with a little floatant!
Elk (preferred) hair tail slightly longer than hook bend.

Wrap strands vertically, then back and over towards tail.

Add dubbing to suit.

Finish dubbing near eye.

Wrap off and flare hollow elk behind eye.

Tie in two grizzly strands for parachute. Whip finish.

Clip top of wing to preferred length--about 1/3 of fly length..

Finished bottom.

Finished.

Finished.

Try multiple colors.

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