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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Grumpy Frumpy

Is This The Hybrid Superfly?


*** Updated video and recipes.

Kicked up Grumpy Frumpy
Since we started this site we have gained a lot of new followers and subscribers, so this video is kind of a bonus.  We filmed it a while back, and did the traditional yellow/red color that I love to fish so much.  This one is my second favorite color and it has caught a lot of fish all over the country.  The original Grumpy Frumpy post is listed below if you are interested in how this fly was created.

~ Cheech

Buy the Grumpy Frumpy HERE

Material List

Purple/Chartreuse
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Hook: Daiichi 1180 - Standard Dry Fly Hook - 12     
Thread: Veevus Fly Tying Thread - Fl. Green - 10/0     
Tail: Sparkle Emerger Yarn - Brown     
Body: Nature's Spirit Bleached Dyed Peacock Sticks - Purple     
Hump: Fly Tying Foam - 2mm - Brown     
Wing: EP Fibers - White     
Hackle 1: Whiting Rooster Dry Fly 1/2 Cape - Bronze - Coachman Brown     
Hackle 2: Whiting Rooster Dry Fly 1/2 Cape - Bronze - Grizzly     
Legs: Senyo's Fusion Foil Legs - Barred Blue and Purple Foil - Micro     

Yellow/Red
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Hook: Daiichi 1180 - Standard Dry Fly Hook - 12     
Thread: Veevus Fly Tying Thread - Red - 10/0     
Tail: Sparkle Emerger Yarn - Brown     
Body: Nature's Spirit Bleached Dyed Peacock Sticks - PMD     
Hump: Fly Tying Foam - 2mm - Tan     
Wing: EP Fibers - White     
Hackle 1: Whiting Rooster Dry Fly 1/2 Cape - Bronze - Coachman Brown     
Legs: Senyo's Fusion Foil Legs - Barred Copper and Red Foil - Micro     


Other tools from the tutorial:

Loon Water Based Head Cement System     




Original Post:

Yellow/Red Grumpy Frumpy


Like most sane flyfishers of the world, I really enjoy fishing with big McGnarley attractor patterns.  I don't know if it's so fun because they are typically really big and easy to see, or if it's the satisfaction of getting the fish to eat something that isn't even remotely close to what they usually eat.  Some of my favorites of years past have been the Humpy, Royal Wulff, Madam X, Stimulator, Chernobyl Ant, etc etc.  I also love to fish cripples that maybe sit a bit lower in the water and have a more buggy profile, so the invent of the Royal Wulff Cripple was kind of the thing that set me off.  I loved the idea of taking a full-on attractor, and mixing it with something more realistic.  Many times I think of myself as a Fly Biologist (yes, they are ALIVE) and my duty at the vise is to create hybrid flies that will take over the fly universe...  Not really, but my experiment began...

I think everyone has tied a foam humpy before, so I started by tying in a synthetic tail, a foam hump, and a cripple style wing.  Bingo!  I had what I was calling a Fumpy at the time.  I was pretty excited to go fish them, but for the time being, they were stuck in limbo at my desk.  As the flies sat waiting for their turn in the starting lineup, I had another idea pop into my head at 3:00 am - "tie on a red band like a Royal Wulff!"  I got out of bed and went back down stairs to attach the band.  NOW these flies were looking good, and they really needed some testing.  I called Bryan Gregson to get them into his hands.  I realized a long time ago that no matter how good you are at something, there is always someone out there who is better than you.  Bryan is one of those fishy dudes who has no patience for crappy ties that don't work, so I know that if the fly sucks he'll tell me about it.  Before I could meet up with him for delivery, I had another late night breakthrough - RUBBER LEGS.  I went back down stairs to attach legs to each fly, and the final product was something that gave me that "I'm on to something here" feeling.


Blonde Grumpy Frumpy


The delivery happened on a cool summer night where my wife and I were going to have some sushi at the place where Bryan worked.  I placed the offerings on a wasabi dish and slid them across the counter in exchange for a great meal that my wife still talks about to this day.  Andy Haley  was also working there, and I heard him yell across the room, "Hey Cheech, lets see this Grumpy Frumpy you have been telling us about."  That is how the fly got it's name.  Thanks Andy.

Bry was headed to the north land to fish that weekend, and instead of the follow-up call telling me how I need to tweak the fly, it was a desperate call asking for more.  I knew the fly was going to take off.  Since that time, the Grumpy Frumpy has been tweaked in size and color to almost anything imaginable.  Yellow and red remains my favorite color, but peacock, lime green, purple, Kevin's Cat Puke, and tan are all viable contenders.  It also does well to match hatches when tied in sizes and colors to match baetis, midges, pmd's, yellow sallies, drakes, etc.



~ Cheech


13 comments:

  1. Ya know, the pics of the Grumpy Frumpy on Rainy's sure don't look like you tied them.

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  2. Yep, I sure did. Their images really don't do them justice. That, and Rainy's typically ties then a bit slim when they come from the factory. Their images are always flies that the innovator submits, not from flies from the factory.

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  3. when rainys sells a fly do you get a % of sales?

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    1. Yes. There is a royalty program for innovators.

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    2. More info on program please I have some I would like to submit

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    3. http://www.rainysflies.com/about/flydesigners

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  4. Yes is the answer. It is the superfly. Absolutely wrecked a cutty stream last weekend with this pattern. Thank you for this and all your wonderful fly recipes. I appreciate your terrific site.

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    1. Awesome to hear. It's especially delicious to Cutties...

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  5. I live in Maryland. Our native trout are super picky and small but was thinking this might be good for warm water fish-bluegills and bass.
    Your thoughts?

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  6. I tied one of these. It rests in my fly box nestled between hordes of shredded, disfigured, and perforated Moodah Poodahs. It will get its turn eventually, but DAAAAANNNNG That Moodah Poodah is so good.

    Sincerely,
    Eric VanAllen
    www.riverforged.com

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    1. Yes... Glad the Moodah is doing some work!

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    2. Yes... Glad the Moodah is doing some work!

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  7. Humpys are like crack to cutthroat. This takes it to a new level. Mighty as well drop a gill net in your local western stream. Super fun to tie as well. I've been on a grumpy frumpy binge mixing colors.

    Made up a green drake version that is killing it - dark green foam, grey wing, brown hackle, green lantern dub, cream center with brown barred rubber legs.

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