Never heard of a Flymph? That is not surprising since the term was coined by Vernon S. Hidy in 1962. Bill Lovelace, Baker City, Oregon showed us how to tie this deceptively simple fly at the 2012 Northwest Fly Tyer Expo in Albany, Oregon.
V.S.”Pete” Hidy was a good friend (and protégé) of Jim Leisenring who was the best wet fly angler in the U.S. and maybe the world. Together they developed many soft hackle patterns and were very successful at fishing them.
Fishing this fly is more active than the usually recommended dead drift approach. Cast across and down so the fly sinks. At the end of the swing tighten the fly line so the fly begins to move upward like a hatching insect. Ideally have it rise in front of a fish that you have spotted, then it is called the Leisenring lift.
If you want to learn more about flymphs go to http://flymph.com. There you will be welcomed … “to the International Brotherhood of the Flymph!”, and see many more flymph patterns.
Whatever you chose to call them, be it Spiders, Wingless Wet, Winged Wets, Flymphs or Soft Hackles they work.