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Taming the Humpy
|Year of origin||2006|
|Target species||Brown trout|
Rainbow trout (landlocked)
|Hook||dry fly, size 12|
|Thread||8/0 Gudebrod black|
|Body||black superfine dubbing|
|Legs||black (or brown) pheasant tail fibers|
|Wing||1 mm packaging foam|
|Thorax||dubbed black Angel Hair|
|Hackle||Whiting hen, black|
- Take the thread to the of the hook, dub a body of about 60% of the hook shank
- Tie in two pheasant tail fibers on the left and right side of the fly. Traditionally, Bibio\'s have knotted legs, but these knots are a weak point, where the leg invariably breaks. So I don\'t bother, and tie in the fibers as is. I use two fibers left and right, and if one of these fibers breaks (these Oostvoorne rainbows can be rough on flies), I remove one of both fibers on the other side, too, in order to make the fly symmetrical again. Don\'t know if that makes any difference, but it somehow feels better.
- Clip a wing from the foam (mine are about 12 mm long and 3 mm wide, to end at the hook bend) and tie that in. Seen from below the fly looks like shown.
- Take a hen hackle, stroke the fibers back, and clip the tip off. The little triangle of fibers makes it easy to tie the hen hackle in.
- Tie the hackle in, shiny side up.
- Bibios have a relatively big thorax and head, and Angel Hair is a nice material to dub if you want to produce volume without adding much weight. and Angel Hair does not absorb water. Take 2 or 3 strands, and dub the Angel Hair to the thread.
- Build up a shaggy thorax/head area. If you dub the Angel Hair loose it will take floatant very well.
- Take the hackle, double it by folding the fibers back, and wrap it 4 to 5 times. Build a nice head and clip off the thread.
- Stroke the hackle fibers to the left and right, clip off any remaining fibers on the underside of the fly if you wish, and you\'re done.
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