We've something a little different for you this week, which is equally at home in both rivers and stillwaters - it's a Flymph. I came across the term 'flymph' when doing a bit of research on our Reverse Tied flies, and then a couple of days later it cropped up again on a Facebook post by a friend - who had tied some up and was having great success with them. So I contacted him to get the low-down on the pattern and what it is about them that makes them so successful. Thanks for the info Philip - you're a star.
I purchased a copy of the definitive text on the Flymph (The Art of Tying The Wet Fly and Fishing The Flymph; by J.E. Leisenring & V.S. Hidy, 1971). Within the book a Flymph is defined as:
"A wingless artificial fly with a soft, translucent body of fur or wool which blends with the undercolor of the tying silk when wet, utilizing soft hackle fibers easily activated by the currents to give the effect of an insect alive in the water, and strategically cast diagonally upstream or across for the trout to take just below or within a few inches of the surface film."
So essentially a flymph is a soft-hackled wet fly that is fished just under the surface - similar to what we now know today as an emerger pattern.
It seems that the way these nymphs are tied and fished is the key to their success. They are tied with quite thick straggly bodies (to catch air pockets) and soft hackles (very different to the traditional spider patterns we know as North Country Spiders). They are then cast 'up and across' when on rivers (or around weed beds and any moving water on stillwaters), and allowed to sink a little. With their bodies being quite full it can be difficult to sink them at first - that's where that bottle of Xink that you've never used before comes in handy!
By keeping in touch with the fly as it moves in the water column, you can detect takes immediately. You can also impart action on the flymph by raising and lowering your rod tip whilst the flymph is in the water - similar to an 'induced take'.
Descriptions of the flies can be found below:
Our Flymph Selection contains 4 each of the following patterns in size 14:
- Large Dark Olive Flymph
- Pale Evening Dun Flymph
- Light Hare Dun Flymph
- Good Luck Chuck Flymph
The above price includes 16 hand-tied flymphs supplied in our eco-friendly packaging.
We currently have these fly selections in stock and will ship these to you as soon as we receive notification of your payment, generally, if a payment is made in the morning your flies will be with you the very next day. All products from Barbless-Flies are shipped free of charge, to anywhere in the world.