The hybrid category is a combination of a red tail with an olive or black body. The first thing that may surprise you - and certainly surprised me - is how few basic fly color schemes I really fish. The second thing that may surprise you - and definitely surprised me - is how may carp I have caught on black in my lifetime. I would have certainly guessed much less than 15 percent, and when I look at this year the percentage seems to be increasing rapidly, mostly at the cost of rust.
Almost the moment I finished putting that data together I got an email that was almost creepy in the level of coincidence. Tim Cammisa wanted to let me know about a new fly tying video he had put up on YouTube - about a black variant of the Trouser Worm! And THEN within 10 minutes of first publishing this post I ran into this fascinating article about a new material blacker than black. The carp spirits have spoken and I would be foolish to ignore the message. Black is the new black.