Special thanks to Don Ordes for putting together this awesome tutorial on tying up these killer looking bugs. I can’t wait to get a few of these and try them out on a couple local holes. These flies just look too awesome not to catch gobs of trout! You can check out Don’s other creations at http://www.fantasyflies.com
These steps are just a guide for a simple ‘Juice-bug’ pattern. You can vary anything you want within the recipe, but my keys are clear mono, Ice-dub (cleanly roped with the rope-dub method), and Jelly-rope from Spirit River. Even these can be substituted, but the pattern will change a bit in looks. Once you get the steps mastered, you should be able to tie them in just over one minute each. Set them on a card and cement them (STEP 9) all at once. Then experiment to your heart’s content.
Step 1 – Size 10 shrimp or scud hook in vise, with 2# monofilament thread anchored from front to rear and back to front. Don’t need to cement for this fly.
Step 2 – Tie down a 2” long piece of Jelly-rope as shown with tight wraps from front to back, ending with compression wraps that squeeze the J-R. Use you fingers to position the rope top-center as you tie and after you are done with this step.
Step 3 – Rope-dub a fine rope of your favorite colors of Ice-Dubbing – no wax or loop needed if you use my rope-dubbing method.
Step 4 – Gap-wrap the rope forward, leaving clear J-R between each wrap. Build up the front end with multiple wraps of loosened Ice-Dub.
Step 5 – Pick out the Ice-Dub and tie on the bar-bell bead-eyes with just a few hold-down wraps.
Step 6 – Pull the J-R back over/between the eyes and tie with 4 or 5 snug wraps.
Step 7 – Snugly wrap the mono over the J_R towards the back to anchor it and make the bump-segments. Anchor off at the tail with 5 or 6 tight compression wraps, and whip finish at back end. Try not to wrap too much of the belly hairs as you go- weave through them.
Step 8 – Snip the tails where you want them, center the J-R on top, and pick out the belly hairs again for legs.
Step 9 – Position the fly as shown and soak with thinned vinyl cement or other thinned flexible cement that will penetrate all the materials and in between the J-R’s. This will allow the highlights of the Ice-Dub or other dubbings you use to penetrate and reflect through the clear J-R back-wrap.
July, 22, 2010 Copyright –all rights reserved. Permission granted to DailyFlytyer.com to re-print article- July 22, 2010 by Don Ordes