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The Hubert Humpy

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Mike Benbow
The Hubert Humpy, which features lifelike bead chain eyes, is a popular fly that has been catching fish for many years. The Herald's Mike Benbow recommends you use it in fresh water, but it can work in salt water as well.

Hook: Mustad 34007 Size 4 to 8, Gamakatsu SS15 or Dai Riki 930 or Tiemco 800S
Thread: 6/0 to match fly or fine clear mono
Eyes: Bead chain
Body: Pink diamond braid or equivalent
Wing: Pink rabbit strip
Go here for a list of fly-fishing terms.
1) Tie in thread by wrapping it over itself several times.
2) Cut off waste end of thread.
3) Spiral wrap thread back to just before bend of hook and then up again to just before the eye of the hook.
4) If you have a string of bead chain, use wire cutters to cut off two beads.
5) Tie the beads behind the eye of the hook, figuring eighting them with thread around the hook shank to lock them in.
6) Take a several-inch hunk of diamond braid and tie in behind the bead chain on the top of the hook. Continue wrapping in the material on top of the hook and wrap the thread to just before the bend. Take thread back to behind the bead chain.
7) Spiral wrap the material over itself back to the beads to create a body. Wrap the material through the beads, then around the hook shank and back through the beads. Tie it off just behind the beads with three wraps of thread. Cut off waste.
8) Take a several inch strip of the rabbit and cut a point in the end to make it easier to tie it on the hook.
9) Tie it in just behind the bead chain and wrap the thread around the tip several times.
10) Whip finish at this point (behind the bead chain) and secure with clear lacquer.
You can also learn to make a Mike's Comet, a Marabou Jig, or a Reverse Spider.

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