Vernon S. “Pete” Hidy coined the term flymph. What is a flymph? A flymph is a hatching insect be it mayfly, caddisfly, midge, or stonefly that according to Hidy is in the stage of metamorphosis “changing from wingless nymphs to flies with wings”.
yup, back to wet flies and this time from The International Brotherhood of the Flymph !
(i know, kinda reminds me of The Loyal Order of Water-Buffalos)… with this just-too-good, tons of things to learn and think about article by Allen McGee.
” Real nymphs don’t roll over as they drift in the stream but a fly tied on a tippet will twist and turn. Thus as flymphs and shn’s are usually “tied in the round”, meaning they don’t have a designated top or bottom, they look more natural to trout. A fly that is tied with a designated back such as a wingcase and underside can look fake if it rides upside down as this is a very un-natural position, one that can cause fish to refuse to strike out of suspicion. “
” While un-weighted flymphs are used to fish anywhere from shallow stream bottoms to the surface, shn’s (soft-hackled nymphs) are used for imitating immature nymphs living on the stream bed. Why use shn’s instead of the common artificial nymph patterns you fly find in today’s flyshops? Because they have more “action and attraction” than standard nymphs due primarily to the soft hackle collars. “