Humpy Artificial Dry Fly

Humpy Artificial Dry Fly

The Humpy fly is a popular and effective dry fly used by fly anglers for trout in fast-water conditions.  The Humpy is one of the best flies ever invented for turbulent water where many dry flies are quickly drowned. It is not a specific imitation of an insect, but rather is a suggestive pattern that looks buggy, floats like a cork and has fooled thousands of trout. It is a fly that every serious western trout fisherman carries (and many eastern anglers are finding just as effective). 

The Humpy style originated with an early 19th century fly called the Tom Thumb which was being tied in both the Eastern U.S. and Canada as well as England as late as the 1940s.[2] The Tom Thumb was a dry fly with two opposing clumps of deer hair over a colored thread body. The Tom Thumb style was adapted in the late 1940s by California angler Jack Horner into a pattern he called the Horner Deer Hair fly, the first version of what is called the Humpy today. When the pattern was introduced to fly shop owners in Montana in the 1950s, the pattern became known as the Goofus Bug. Wyoming anglers started calling it the Humpy and the name stuck. 

The Humpy is an attractor style dry fly that imitates no particular prey for trout. Its buggy appearance can resemble adult mayflies, caddisflies, stoneflies or terrestrial insects like grasshoppers. 


For hooks use  dry fly 8-14. For thread use 6/0, 8/0. For tail use deer, elk or moose hair. For underbody use  floss, thread, foam, hackle. For body use deer, elk or moose hair. For a wing use deer or elf hair. For a hackle use a dry fly hackle. Variations: Royal Humpy,Adams Humpy,Blond Humpy,Green Humpy

Reference: Wikipedia