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Cone Head Foxy Crystal Bugger

The Conehead Foxy Crystal Bugger is a departure from the original black and olive bugger Russell Blessing first cast many years ago. I use dyed fox tail hair in place of marabou. It maintains most of the action of marabou and adds extra durability for fishing hard-hitting trout and bass.

You can tie this in any of the standard Woolly Bugger colors such as the traditional black & olive, purple, claret, white, Chilli Pepper (brown and orange), browns or any combination. The cone, along with some extra body weight ensures this fly sinks deep and fast, perfect for stillwater or floating down the river.

Throw this fly at trout, bass, anything you think might take a swipe. Buggers have been tied to represent many prey items such as helgramites, minnows, crayfish, stonefly nymphs, amphibians or leeches.

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Cone Head Foxy Crystal Bugger

Hook: 3-4xl Streamer hook Mustad 9672
Bead: 5mm Brass cone
Thread: Olive 6/0 (140 d)
Tail: Olive fox tail hair
Flash: Pearl crystal flash
Rib: Copper wire
Body: Olive Estaz
Hackle: Olive saddle hackle

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Stone Bugger by Don Freschi

The Stone Bugger is a cold fusion of a bugger and a stone nymph pattern from Sport Fishing on the Fly (SPOTF) and Don Freschi. This pattern comes from the season 8 episode 4, “Spring on the Columbia”. There is a pictorial step by step here. This should be a great pattern for both stream and stillwater fishing. Brown, olive, and golden colors should be tied, and a range of sizes in #12-#4, should be a good fit. I’m off to the vise to try a few of these right now.

Stone Bugger Fly pattern Recipe

Hook: Size 6 TMC 2302
Thread: Wapsi UTC 70 Black
Tail: Brown Marabou
Weight: 0.020 Lead Wire
Wingcase: Flexcement covered Turkey feather
Body: Fiery Brown Angora Goat Dubbing
Legs: Hungarian Partridge

You can follow Sport Fishing on the Fly on Youtube and visit the show website for more fly tying information by heading to SFOTF.ca.

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Baby Brown Woolly Bugger Var. by Ryan Keyes

This is a cool Woolly Bugger variation from Ryan Keyes, sort of resembling a Bow River Bugger, but uses a soft flowing collar of squirrel. The pattern is a thick and meaty streamer that is sure to raise the ire of thick shouldered rainbows, scared cutthroats and ancient golden browns.

Hook: 3xl – 4xl streamer hook #2-#8
Thread: Brown #6/0
Weight: Lead or non-lead sub
Tail: Tan and brown marabou with a couple strands of Rootbeer crystal flash
Body: Sand SLF Prism dubbing
Rib: Brown Ultra-wire
Hackle: Dark barred ginger hackle
Collar: Tan pine squirrel
Head: Conehead tungsten or brass

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