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How to Tie a Yellow Humpy

Producer: Tim Flagler  |  Tightline Studios

Matt Grobert demonstrates how to tie a Yellow Humpy on a size 12 TMC dry fly hook.  He uses moose and elk body hair, and demonstrates how to use a hair stacker to cut hair to a consistent length.

As videographer Tim Flagler says, “It floats like a cork, imitates a variety of mayfly species, and if nothing else makes one heck of a strike indicator.”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/philip.eversman.7 Philip Eversman

    Very nice tie. It’s always a pleasure to watch someone take hair, feathers and wire, and turn them into an object that is not only a thing of beauty in its own right, but functional as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/philip.eversman.7 Philip Eversman

    Very nice tie. It’s always a pleasure to watch someone take hair, feathers and wire, and turn them into an object that is not only a thing of beauty in its own right, but functional as well.

  • Greg Feder

    Really nice video. I really enjoy Matt’s skills and tips and Tim’s videography. On this pattern, if I don’t have moose, can I use elk for both the tail and the body/wing? If I do that, any tips on preventing the tail from flaring? Thanks very much in advance!!
    Cheers,
    – Greg

    • Matthew Grobert

      Greg,

      Yes, many tiers prefer elk for the tail. Tie it in tight at the butts and once you wind back, flatten the thread by interesting it, and make the last couple of wraps snug but not too tight. Flattening the thread keeps it from cutting into the hair too much, which is what makes it flair. Good luck with it!

      Best, Matt

      • Greg Feder

        Thanks, Matt!

      • Greg Feder

        Matt —

        I was just looking at the ESPN article on Tom Morgan and saw in the sidebar that one of his favorites flies is the goofus bug, which looks a lot like a yellow humpy with an elk tail…. What do you think?

        – Greg