The Humungus

by Jonathan

This lure has been around now for several years and at the moment is having something of a comeback. It has always been a good early season lure for the ‘stockies’. It was one of the first flies to use chain beads for the head. Once you have tied a couple it gets easier and is worth the effort.

  • Hook – Wet or long shank hook sizes 10-6.
  • Thread – Black 6/0.
  • Tail – Black marabou ( fairly sparse)
    Silver/gold holographic 6-8 strands.
  • Butt – Fluorescent green wool.
  • Rib – Silver wire.
  • Body – White micro fritz or silver lurex.
  • Hackle – Grizzle cock palmered.
  • Head – Chain bead in either silver, gold or red.

If you intend tying up several flies I would suggest that you tie on the heads in advance and secure them with either varnish or epoxy and give them time to set.

Remember the heads sit on the underside of the hook.

Regards Dave C and The Team

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Tam January 18, 2017 at 11:30 am

Hi Dave thank you for teaching me what I have been wanting to do for years (40) your videos are amazingly well put together and with your skill at teaching and tying I have almost completed all your flys after 3 months my own flys are looking pretty presentable I hope I find you in good health

Craig March 18, 2013 at 9:02 pm

I would just like to echo what everybody else is saying, your videos are excellent to watch, and extremely educational. I am about to start tying my own flies as you have inspired me to do so.
Many thanks,
Please keep on with the teaching.

All the best,

Keith March 17, 2013 at 8:44 am

Hello David,
You have inspired me to tie flies again after quite a long break. I am certainly no pro, but I tie pretty well. Unfortunately there are no trout near my fishing spots (southern U.S.) Most of my fly fishing is for largemouth bass. So I would love to see a video or two (or 20) on largemouth bass lures such as streamers ot terestrials.
Thank you and keep up the great work.

betterlatethannever July 19, 2012 at 5:26 am

David, you have inspired me to start tying flies! I remember watching my dad create flies & I wish I had had the time to learn from him. I happened on your lessons & fell in love with your calm, down-to-earth approach to fly tying. I have started on the Beginner Lessons and look forward to making all the flies you have demonstrated. I hope you’re back on your feet soon & teaching us more patterns.

BOBBY T April 5, 2012 at 10:39 pm




DaveC April 1, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Hi Peter,
Thanks for your comments. Unfortunately we have not been able to make any additions recently due to health problems. The Cardiologists look like they have got me on my feet again and hopefully we will be able to make additions. As for thewhip finish tool I have never used one so I am the wrong one to ask for help. I am sure that someone out there will be able to help.

Peter deLiddiard March 29, 2012 at 1:34 am

What a lovely site, great for the beginner and the more experienced. I have only recently got into tying flies, but I am already hooked and this site in just simply a delight, please continue, I have already learnt a great deal from your advice and videos. Any chance David, you could demonstrate how to use a Whip finishing Tool, I just cannot seem to get a hang of it. Thank You.

Kaylan June 19, 2011 at 12:33 am

Really love the fly. I find that the big uglies as i call them always leave me satisfied no mater where i am. I recently started steelhead fishing and was wondering if you knew any steelhead patters you could show me. Thank you

Calum June 10, 2011 at 6:48 pm

Great fly dave, love the green butt, a really good variant is black marabou tail, black fritz body and -palmered pink grizzle hackle

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