I’ve recently released FrankenDub and I’m starting to see several fly tiers put together some really cool flies using it. I’ve thrown in a couple of my photos too. If you are interested in the newest in dubbing, check out the FrankenDub page for more details. Thank you for reading!
Category Archives: Flymph
If you haven’t heard, “Flymph” is the term coined by Pete Hidy to describe the type of pattern that Jim Leisenring developed to imitate the stage between a nymph and an adult. All flymphs are soft hackles, but not all soft hackles are flymphs. I have been grabbed and hooked by the world of the flymph. I’ve been tying these wonderful little gems quite often lately and there is a relaxing feeling that comes over me when tying this style of fly. It is strange that you can obtain various feelings when just tying different styles of fly patterns. Bill Shuck has been coaching and molding me into a better flymph fly tyer. Bill said, “that this lends credence to Leisenring’s desire to produce something completely in harmony with Nature.”
Below you will find my latest flymphs and a couple of soft hackles. Many of the bodies or abdomens were spun on a Clark Block. I purchased mine from William Anderson at his website. You can also find William’s blocks at Dettes Trout Flies.
This is my Sulphur Flymph where I experimented with the abdomen to achieve just the right effect. Pale yellow wool and Pale yellow rabbit and dyed Dark Brown Hare’s Poll spun on Primrose Silk on a Clark Block.
The Cinabar Flymph is the late Mark Libertone’s creation. The body and ribbing on this fly is what makes it impressive. Cinnamon colored bear underfur mixed with a little Hare’s Mask of the same color. The body was dubbed on 6/0 Danville tying thread of pale orange color Leisenring fashion. Ribbed with peacock herl and counter wrapped with fine copper wire.
This is a March Brown Flymph using a Pete Hidy recipe.
Swedish fly tyer Johan Klingberg’s Starling and Hare. When I found this on Mark Libertone’s website, I just had to tie up one myself.
The late fly tyer from Roscoe, New York, Ralph Graves used to tie these. So I contacted my friend John Bonasera, a fantastic fly tyer himself. He gave me the information I needed to tie the pattern. I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out. Ralph used fine gold wire on his to help protect the quills. Instead, I used Deer Creek Diamond Fine UV Resin. I felt it made it even more elegant. Another feature that adds to the beauty, is the Partridge Barbless Sproat Wet hook.
I started calling this flymph Salad Shooter, just so I could reference it in some way. It uses Partridge for the hackle and tail. The body is Spirit River UV2 nymph/caddis dubbing olive spun on a Clark block.
Over at the Flymph Forum there was a thread discussing alpaca fiber. We found when we submerged the alpaca in water that it formed a beautiful hydrofuge. Bubbles formed, if you will. So this is the exact reason why I used alpaca for the thorax of this little soft hackle. The body of this fly is green flashabou wrapped around the shank and covered with Deer Creek Diamond Fine UV Resin. Brown hen is used for the hackle.
Since it is the end of the year, I thought it would be neat to go back and pick out some flies that stood out to me through the entire year. Flies Around the Net seems to be a very popular post here on FrankenFly that I do monthly to show a variety of fine fly tying work by all the talented fly tyers out there. So here are twenty beautiful flies from 2014. Enjoy!
So back in May I introduced you to Bill Shuck and since then I have posted many of Bill’s flies here on FrankenFly. While browsing the FlymphForum, which has become a daily occurrence for me, I came across Bill’s latest post and his newest fly fresh off the vise, the Wood Duck Flymph. Bill has mastered the Pete Hidy/James Leisenring style flymph and this is a prime example of that beauty. This fly not only struck me as beautiful, it inspired me to really start concentrating on tying my own flymphs and soft hackles. I know I have said that before, but this one finally pushed me past the starting line!
Have you taken the time lately to think about what fly tyers inspire your fly tying? Take some time and think about that and review some of your favorite tyer’s flies and feel that inspiration! Then fire that vise up!
Below is the materials list for Bill’s Wood Duck Flymph.
Hook: Mustad 94842, Size #12
Thread: Pearsall’s Gossamer 6B, Sherry Spinner
Hackle: Lemon wood duck flank
Tail: Lemon wood duck flank
Body: Blend of fox fur and hare’s cheek spun in 6B silk on a Clark block
Another beauty tied by Hans Weilenmann.
Hook: Ashima F-45 #14 (or equivalent scud hook)
Thread: Benecchi 12/0, olive
Hackle: Greenfinch body feather
Tail: Pintail barbs, dyed olive
Abdomen: Narrow green plastic ribbon from oranges bag
Rib: Narrow green plastic ribbon from oranges bag, corded
Thorax: Pintail barbs, dyed olive – the butts of the tail material
Hook: Wet fly hook #16
Weight/rib: Copper wire, bright
Thread: Benecchi 12/0, tobacco
Hackle: Hungarian partridge shoulder feather, one side stripped
Tail/abdomen: Pheasant tail barbs
Thorax: Camel or rabbit, pale yellow-cream
Pattern: Allen McGee, Fly: Hans Weilenmann
Hook: Tiemco 102Y #15
Thread: Benecchi 12/0, black
Hackle: Silver badger
Rib: Wire, silver fine
Body: Fluey barbs from base of saddle hackle, claret/red
Note: R.I.P. Robin Williams