“Pamela’s Nothing Butt Fly Fishing Special” Hump-Bak Nymph
… by Dennis Rusk, Las Vegas, NV.
Olive Hump-Bak Nymph-chewed on pretty well by a few trout.
by Rich Lewis – NCFF Club Member
This hot fly was given to Mark and myself while “on the water” at Illipah Reservoir this past Sept. Mark was fishing from my Pram and I was fishing from a sit-on-top Kayak. We were doing just “OK”. However, there was a fellow fishing from a float tube that was just killin’ the Bows and Browns.
He kindly offered each of us a few of his hand tied “Hump-Bak Nymphs” and it was off to the races! I used one & caught an 18” Brown and a bunch of Bows. It was also worked for us at Site X (ha ha). Dennis is a Sportsman from Las Vegas and an architect by trade. His fly pattern designs are very cool & well tied. Dennis Rusk allowed us to share his pattern. He intends to Join NCFF too. The key to Dennis’ pattern is the unique Hump-Bak bead head, which is a tear-dropped shape glass bead from Spirit River. BTW-I am ordering some of these beads for the Club. Other than that-Dennis says to follow a “Hare’s Ear Nymph Pattern. He “sort of” has done that it appears. Just make your fly look like these original flies from Dennis & you will catch some trout!
Bead: Spirit River’s Hump-Bak Glass Beads in blue, clear rainbow, smoke, roe red,
copper, sheen and pearl. Dennis’ preferred color is smoke. (Olive & Red themes are good too!)
Hook: TIEMCO 5262 2XL nymph hook (14, 16 and 18) with barb bent down. Substitute any 2X long Nymph hook.
Thread: Uni 6.0 or 8.0 in Camel, Olive-or match the dubbing color etc.
Tail: Black or dark Brown Hares mask or Squirrel
Ribbing: Gold wire-Sm or Med.
Body: Black, Brown or Olive Antron/Hare dubbing
Thorax: Black, Olive or Brown Antron/Hare dubbing
Collar (Optional)-Partridge,Starling, or soft hen wet fly hackle
Tying Instructions-Variations OK as long as it looks “Buggy”.
- Thread bead onto hook. Lock Bead near hook eye with an X pattern. Add a drop of head cement.
- Place five or six wraps of .015 lead on hook shank
- Tie in Tail
- Tie in Gold Ribbing Wire
- Dub thin tapered body from tail to 3/4 hook shank location
- Counter wrap Gold Ribbing-tie-off.
- Dub thicker Thorax & wrap forward to hook eye
- Add Optional Collar-Legs using Partridge Hackle etc.
- Use a Bodkin, Velcro strip, or fly tiers micro comb to pick out dubbing/hairs along Thorax for a buggy look