A few favorite fly patterns that Humphreys depends on include the Royal Coachman ("white wings with a tad of red, probably looks like a minnow," he says), Silver Doctor streamers, sculpins, cress bugs like Hump's Cress Nymph, freshwater shrimp, Sulphurs (dry and nymphs) like Hump's Sulphur, and Pheasant-Tail Nymphs and Prince Nymphs, the latter of which he sometimes ties with a flashback on top or uses with a bead head for weight.
2) Be One With the Rod**
"I was fishing with George Harvey--the teacher who founded the flyfishing program at Penn State, in 1947--and he was out-fishing me, I guess, three to one," says Humphreys. "I asked him what he was using, and he told me to forget the fly and to think only about my rod. I was using a 7 ½-foot fly rod; he was using an 8-foot fly rod, which allowed him to drift the fly longer in productive water. That was the difference!"