I could scarcely believe that in four casts my angler had
landed three very nice sized brown trout. I concluded that
the fly was going to be a killer for PMD hatches from then
on - I haven't been proven wrong on that conclusion yet.
Materials: Krummy PMD Cripple
Hook: Size 14 dry fly hook.
Thread: 8/0 Light Cahill yellow.
Tail: Light ginger hackle fibers.
Dubbing: Pale morning dun yellow.
Wings: White or cream hackle points.
1. Place hook in the vise and secure. Lay down a thread
base stopping at a line perpendicular to the back end of
the barb. Spin on a small amount of dubbing and create
a small butt of dubbing.
2. Select a large ginger hackle with stiff fibers. Pull
off dozen or so fibers. Measure for two gap widths, and
tie the fibers in just ahead of the butt. Separate the
fibers to create two tails that are like outriggers. Use
your thread to X between the fibers and keep them separated.
3. Move the thread up to about 3/5 the way toward the eye.
Select two rounded white hackles to use as wings. Face them
and even the tips, measure for the length of the shank or two
gaps, and tie in the wings with the hackle points toward the
hook eye using a thumb and forefinger draw loop. Make three
or four draw loops and then wrap several times. Pull the
wings back and wrap at the base several times to stand them
4. Wrap the thread back to the tail, spin on more dubbing and
wrap it to about 1/8 inch from the wings.
5. Tie in an appropriately sized light ginger hackle with
wraps of thread behind the wings and in front.
6. Pull one wing down and wrap between and in front of it,
to get it horizontal and at a 45-degree angle to the hook.
Do the same for the other wing.
7. Wrap the hackle behind the wings - this will take a little
manipulation of the wings but you can do it! Get in at least
three wraps behind the wings and then wrap the remainder in
front of the wings - make sure the first wrap is on the base
of the wings to reinforce the 45-degree angle. There should
be at least 3/16 of an inch of headspace left.
8. Spin on some more dubbing and start wrapping. When the
dubbing is starting to go onto the hook, as you are going over
the top of the hook and down the back side, move the dubbing
to behind the hackle and wrap until you are starting down
the back side move the dubbing forward - essentially, you are
making an X under the fly. (see above) The dubbing should lift the
hackle to the sides of the hook. Make another X and then
wrap the dubbing close to the eye, whip finish, and call
it done. ~ Bob Krumm
Bob Krumm is a first-class guide who specializes on fishing the Big Horn River in Montana,
(and if there terrific fishing somewhere else he'll know about that too.) Bob has
written several other fine articles for the Eye Of The Guides series. He is also
a commericial fly tier who owns the Blue Quill Fly
Company which will even do your custom tying! You can reach him at:
1-307-673-1505 or by email at: