"I differentiate between fishermen and anglers. All anglers are fishermen but not all fishermen are anglers. The fishermen hopes to catch fish while the angler seeks an intangible catch"O.W. Smith
The flymph can be considered the American Soft Hackle. It's also an off shoot of the classic wet fly. Jim Leisenring and Pete Hidy developed the pattern and the presentation style that goes along with it. This fly varies from the English soft hackle in the fact that the slim body is replaced with something more robust (buggy dubbing) to create a wider profile. Leisenring and Hidy also loved hen hackle more than their English counterparts. They used it everywhere!
This fly is also called the "wingless wet" because the creators ditched the lifeless, stiff wing of the traditional wet with NOTHING, just turns of hen hackle to match the emerging insect. And they meant "emerging" because this fly was created to imitate the rising insect form. It was either swung in the current and allowed to come to the surface at the end of the drift with the rod then being raised and lowered to mimic the rising insect again (the famous Leisenring Lift) or fished with a short line upstream while raising the rod as the fly sweeps back to you which, by the way, was Theodore Gordon's wet fly method.
Hook - 10 or 12 wet or dry hook
Tail (optional) - a few wisps of dun hen hackle fibers
Rib - ultra fine copper wire
body - hares ear, Australian possum or anything buggy
Hackle - dun hen hackle tied in at the thorax and wrapped forward. You want a "full" profile
If you feel that you can improve this pattern by putting a bead on it's head you are missing the point. Golf awaits you!
BTW, my spy in Connecticut informed me that the Farmington is LOADED with fish as this State dumped god knows how many of their gorgeous browns into the river last week. The Up Country site backs this up. Everyone is catching fish. I'll wait a month or so to hit the Campground Pool and Spare Tire. Where are those pools?? Buy the Guide to the Farmington River sold at Up Country. It is money well spent!
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Leisenring And Hidy And The Flymph Patterns
Posted by Millers River Flyfisher at 5:57 AM
Labels: Fly Fishers Guide To The Millers River, Fly Fishing Instruction, guided fly fishing trips on th East Branch of the Westfield River, Guided fly fishing trips on the Miller River