The Zug bug is a fly that works really well, however it doesn’t seem to resemble any particular bug specifically. Not sure really what it is supposed to mimic. Some say caddis (cased or pupa), and while that could be, it really isn’t a good representation. However, that means nothing in fishing. Something doesn’t have to look identical to a forage for a fish to eat it. And trout love this fly. I find especially in the winter time for some reason. Although I have had them take this fly year round.
The fly is also relatively easy to tie compared to some other flashy patterns like copper johns or prince nymphs (both of which also don’t mimic anything specific, but trout love them!).
As always I am listing all the materials used on this fly below. I am also putting links to the Fly Artist, and a discount code. So if you are looking to purchase these materials online, use that code and buy from them because that will be the best deal you can find on these specific materials.
Hook I used: Firehole Sticks #609 in size 14
Alternative Hook: Daiichi 1560
Thread: Veevus 6/0 in Black
Tail: Peacock Swords
Ribbing: Silver Tinsel
Body: Peacock Hurl
Hackle: Hen neck or saddle
Wing Case: Natural Mallard Flank
Head Cement: Original Hard as Hull
Here are the links to the next 10 flies in the collection. Check back to see the next set of 10. We’ll try to keep you updated, but you can also keep an eye on Don’s Ray Bergman Collection that includes the entire set so far.
It’s been quite a while since I’ve attempted tying any full dressed Atlantic salmon flies. Part of the reason is the time, part is materials and the other part is skill. Davie again makes this look pretty easy, getting a wing done in just a few minutes. Practice practice practice I’m guessing. Good quality materials will likely make this an easier project and I’m hoping for a follow-up video about actually securing the wing to the hook shank, another scary part of the process.