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The Royal Humpy is one of the classic attractors that cover a vast array of patterns that were not designed to represent a specific insect, but to just look like food to a trout.

Originally designed by Jack Dennis, of Jackson, Wyo., the Royal Humpy is one of the most popular of the attractors.

Sometimes called the “Guide Fly” because of its high visibility and good floating qualities, the Royal Humpy is a “must have” for western rivers.

Tying recipe:

Hook: Standard dry in sizes 10 to 20.

Tail: Black moose hair.

Hump: Black moose hair.

Body: Red floss.

Wings: White calf body hair.

Hackle: Brown.

Thread: Red.

Glenn West of Billings has been fly-tying for 50 years, guiding anglers for 25 years and has been creating fly-fishing artwork for 15 years. He can be reached at or though his website at

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