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Flymphs (combines the best of the nymph and the emerger)

Flymph PMD

McGee's Flymph PMD


  • term ‘flymph’ describes the transitional hatching stage between nymph (or pupa) and dun or adult insect
  • introduced (1941-1979) by Hidy and Leisenring – influenced by Skues, called “the American Skues”
  • fished throughout water column with movement e.g. the ‘Leisenring lift’
  • shaggy body materials trap gas bubbles – may mimic gas bubbles trapped beneath exoskeleton of pupa and nymph that facilitate ascent and eclosion.
  • Patterns

Wet Flies & A Beginner’s Retreat (Stop Thinking So Much)

Wet Fly~SwittersB (Lose the bead to go lighter)

Wet Fly~SwittersB (Lose the bead to go lighter)

You are a begining fly fisher and overwhelmed with Dry flies, stillborns, emergers, nymphs, pupa and larva. You glaze over at Rhyacophila, Dicosmoecus, Rhithogena and those are some of the more frequent ones. So my recommendation borne from some experience and some damn good fly fishers I know is go wet. Saves you many hassels of figuring out hatches and dredging the bottom. Tie or buy a simple assortment of wet flies….or ‘flymphs’/soft hackles and cast them precisely, swing them, retrieve them, jerk them back in fits and starts and you will catch fish. While you do that and have reasonable outtings you can still study and observe. But you will relieve yourself of all that thinking. Do you want the thinking? The puzzle? Then keep it simple for awhile: caddis, mayflies, golden stones, dragonflies, damselflies, baitfish or midges. Recognize the difference between a caddis and a mayfly. Recognize when to put on the Elk Hair Caddis or the Adams or small Midge. If you’re fishing subsurface with a nymph then stick to Hare’s Ears and Pheasant Tails. Keep it simple. The Latin can come later if it must. In the meantime, when you walk the shoreline before dinner or after poke that wet fly here and there. Read the water’s different verses and savor each perfect and not so perfect casts. KISS.


Soft Hackles (Whiskey Creek Primer)

Bead Head Wet

Stella's Seducer (Wet)~G. Muncy

Excellent sequence of posts re tying the Soft Hackles. I have a friend, who fishes soft hackles probably 90% of the time on streams-rivers and is a phenomenal fly fisher. He loves starling and partridge and rarely goes bigger than size 16’s unless the specific hatch calls for it.


Simple Buzzer (dark, fuzzy w/ refraction) + Scottish site

A very informative UK/Scot flyfishing site. Well put together and a great deal of detailed information. It is always apparent to me that UK sites, re tying, place emphasis on the traditional wet fly…classic names, which must produce given their longevity. Perhaps another reason to explore simple wets and “flymps”? And, as you know, the UK seems to have defined the buzzer, gnat, chironomid, midge patterns, which BC flyfishers borrow from and of which US flyfishers sometimes have a clue (like me) . Look how fuzzy that pheasant tail appears when wrapped around the shank and used for the wingcase.


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