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 Post subject: Tom Thumb?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:32 am • # 1 
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Anyone here ever heard of/fished this fly? An angler I know gave me a bunch this week, and I'm going to tie up some of my own. Before moving to New Brunswick, she did most of her angling in lakes in Washington and British Columbia, where it is apparently a fairly popular fly. Its still her 'go to' dry fly under most circumstances. Supposed to impersonate a caddis adult, and has lots of floatability. Yes, it DOES share some characteristics of the Humpy, but no hackle.

https://globalflyfisher.com/video/tom-thumb


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 Post subject: Re: Tom Thumb?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 9:31 am • # 2 
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I shop at Tom Thumb for groceries every now and then.


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 Post subject: Re: Tom Thumb?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 3:06 pm • # 3 
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That fly looks like what happens when a Humpy mates with a Renegade.


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 Post subject: Re: Tom Thumb?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2020 7:47 am • # 4 
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:lol :lol Cliff, Pete: I KNEW you guys could help!


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 Post subject: Re: Tom Thumb?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2020 10:45 am • # 5 
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We try our best to be of assistance, Brent.


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 Post subject: Re: Tom Thumb?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2020 10:22 pm • # 6 
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This fly is sold in every fly shop around my place. Ive had success with them when fishing for cutties


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 Post subject: Re: Tom Thumb?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 8:10 am • # 7 
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SharkBait wrote:
This fly is sold in every fly shop around my place. Ive had success with them when fishing for cutties


Where is that, SharkBait? I assume since you mentioned cutties, you're on the western slopes somewhere?


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 Post subject: Re: Tom Thumb?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2020 3:52 am • # 8 
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wheezeburnt wrote:
SharkBait wrote:
This fly is sold in every fly shop around my place. Ive had success with them when fishing for cutties


Where is that, SharkBait? I assume since you mentioned cutties, you're on the western slopes somewhere?


BC near Vancouver.


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 Post subject: Re: Tom Thumb?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2020 7:18 am • # 9 
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Oh. Makes sense, sharkbait. (my brother, who lives in Chilliwack, just sent me photos of the Fraser River near his place: by the number of anglers in the photo, I gotta assume the steelhead are starting to run.}
brent


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 Post subject: Re: Tom Thumb?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2020 9:14 am • # 10 
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Chilliwack, is that like whacked out chili ???


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 Post subject: Re: Tom Thumb?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2020 11:22 am • # 11 
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Cliff Hilbert wrote:
Chilliwack, is that like whacked out chili ???


:lol I'll have to get back to you on that.


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 Post subject: Re: Tom Thumb?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2020 8:36 pm • # 12 
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wheezeburnt wrote:
Oh. Makes sense, sharkbait. (my brother, who lives in Chilliwack, just sent me photos of the Fraser River near his place: by the number of anglers in the photo, I gotta assume the steelhead are starting to run.}
brent

Yeah they are, They actually start in january and are starting to hit the peak of the run now. I dont fish the chilliwack or vedder very often. (I'm assuming thats what the photo was of, since it would be next to impossible to fish the fraser for steelhead.) It makes it hard to ul here because all my local rivers have steelhead in the winter and salmon in the fall. leaving a very short window of july, august and first weeks of september to use my 2wt. That being said since no one invests money or time in ul gear im usually alone during those summer months which makes for some easy fishing. usually catching 10-30 cutties trip all on dries.


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 Post subject: Re: Tom Thumb?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2020 9:57 pm • # 13 
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Nice looking fly; thanks for posting.


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 Post subject: Re: Tom Thumb?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2020 10:32 am • # 14 
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JimRed wrote:
Nice looking fly; thanks for posting.


Fly? What fly?? We're talking about whacked out chili.


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 Post subject: Re: Tom Thumb?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2020 11:09 am • # 15 
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Cliff: check your medication. One pill 4 times a day is NOT the same as 4 pills, once a day.


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 Post subject: Re: Tom Thumb?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 11:59 am • # 16 
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But Brent, these are happy pills I'm taking, they keep me sane. :lol :lol :lol Me sane????? :lol :lol :lol


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 Post subject: Re: Tom Thumb?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 4:11 pm • # 17 
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That's one hard working pill.


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 Post subject: Re: Tom Thumb?
PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2020 1:51 pm • # 18 
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wheezeburnt wrote:
Anyone here ever heard of/fished this fly? An angler I know gave me a bunch this week, and I'm going to tie up some of my own. Before moving to New Brunswick, she did most of her angling in lakes in Washington and British Columbia, where it is apparently a fairly popular fly. Its still her 'go to' dry fly under most circumstances. Supposed to impersonate a caddis adult, and has lots of floatability. Yes, it DOES share some characteristics of the Humpy, but no hackle.

https://globalflyfisher.com/video/tom-thumb


This fly is a deadly fly to have in your box. It will absolutely catch fish, but the one problem that it has it's fragile, so you need to tie many of them, and you will want to because it works that good. I'm glad it's an easy fly to tie so I can tie a bunch in a relatively short time.


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 Post subject: Re: Tom Thumb?
PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2020 4:03 pm • # 19 
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Iasgar: So I'm finding out! Thanks.


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