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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


Friday, June 24, 2016

Pat's Rubber Legs - Variation

Kick up a very popular trout pattern


I was first introduced to the Pat's Rubber Legs (AKA Girdle Bug, Pickle, Drifting Turd, etc,) about 10 years ago as I was fishing with a friend on a Utah river that was loaded with stoneflies.  We'll just say that he caught a ton of fish and I didn't...  Lots of Utah anglers that I know totally overlook stoneflies and go right for the typical microscopic tailwater midge stuff, but a few seine samples are enough to show them how healthy the stonefly population is here.  The Rubber Legs can be both very simple, and very maddening at the same time due to the unruliness of the rubber legs, so we show a trick in the video on how to easily tie them in, and how to keep them out of the way while you wrap the chenille.  I also add weight and a wingcase to this fly because I kind of can't help it...  The original pattern called for an unweighted body to allow for maximum movement in current, but I have been fishing them on a Euro rig, so I need it to be heavy.  anyway, this is a highly customizable pattern that is effective anywhere that fish eat chenille and rubber legs.

Cheech

 

Material List

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Hook: Daiichi 1730 - Bent Shank Nymph Hook - 6     
Thread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier - Olive     
Weight: Lead Free Round Wire - .025     
Body: Speckled Chenille - Black/Dark Olive     
Legs/Tails/Antannae: Silicon Streamer Legs - Speckled Froggy Green     
Wing Case 1: Loon UV Clear Fly Finish - Thin (1/2 oz)     
Wing Case 2: Loon UV Clear Fly Finish - Thick (1/2 oz)     
Wing Case 3 : Loon Fly Tying Powder - Earthtone (Choc. Brown, Midnight, Pumpkin)     
Wing Case 4: Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish     

Other tools from the tutorial:
F6010Loon UV Mega Light