Tying the Zug Bug (Nymph) with Davie McPhail by Davie McPhail

This nymph was originally tied by Cliff Zug in the 1930s and is still very popular with many anglers today. The Zug Bug nymph pattern was designed as a caddis fly imitation, and while it works well for that purpose it has also been a proven fish getter for a  number of situations. The fly may be used as a single searching pattern, paired with a dry fly to be used as a dropper, or even joined into a tandem rig with a smaller fly tied off the point. The Zug Bug is well known and is a standard in the commercial tying industry. This easily puts it in the 10 nymph fly patterns of all time.

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Materials Used in the Zug Bug fly pattern

Hook: Fulling Mill All-Purpose Medium size 14
Thread: Uni-8/0 Black
Tail: Peacock Sword
Rib: Oval Silver Tinsel
Body: Peacock Herl
Hackle: Furnace Hen
Thorax Cover: Mallard Flank dyed Lemon Duck


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